Blind Sailor Program

Are you legally blind?

Interested in being a companion sailor for someone with sight loss?

The Blind Sailors Program is a special program for those with sight loss, and for sighted individuals who want to team with the blind, teaching and crewing with to those unable to see the horizon.

Both learn-to-sail and advanced sailing and racing are offered, with instruction on how safely and competently to sail small and large sailboats.

Initial instruction and racing are done on the Martin 16 and Capri 22 sailboat.

6 Responses to Blind Sailor Program

  1. jennifer williams says:

    hi, im legally blind, 26, and know how to sail to some extent but would like to improve, even race if possible. i came down once in summer 2008, but havent since. anyways i would really like to get involved, so could you contact me when your days are for the martins and capris etc. thankyou, jen (858-568-3323)

    • challengedamerica says:

      Hi Jennifer, the Martin 16 sail on Fridays and Saturdays, other days by appointment. You still need to call the office at 619-523-9318 ahead of time to give us time to match you up with a sailing companion. Our Facebook page will also keep you updated on activities. Our calendar in the event section will also show you sailing days and times.
      Looking forward to have you sailing with us

  2. Rick Hodgkins says:

    Hello! I am legally blind and would like to learn to sail, because I think it could open up more doors with regards to being able to operate a personal water craft, if I ever own one. When I first learn how to operte a vessel, I will need assistance until I feel comfortable. My question is, do you have any assistive/ adaptive technology to help the blind? I can use both audio and visual insturments, with the aid of a low-vision device. I have sometimes thought of mounting small cameras around the exterior of a water craft, so as to watch all of the activity on a monitor. Perhaps a camera that can go underneath the boat for viewing in shallow waters to make sure, that nobody in the water is doing anything stupid. Since I live in Sacramento, we don’t have a program like this. The closest program to me, is BAADS, which stands for Bay Area Association for Disabled Sailors in San Francisco. We need a program up here in Sacramento, perhaps on the American and Sacramento rivers and the delta.

    • challengedamerica says:

      Hi Rick, you are welcome to join us when you are in the neighborhood. Urban Miyares, Challenged America co founder is himself blind, that did not stop him from starting Challenged America, sailing on the bay and race the Transpac… twice

  3. hank says:

    Any groups in the Seattle Wa area?


    • challengedamerica says:

      Hi Hank, there is a program similar to Challenged America in Seattle, at least our small boat program it’s called Footloose Sailing Association

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