Martin 16 Sailing Program

Challenged America has a fleet of seven Martin 16 sailboats adaptable to many disabilities. Our facilities are 100% accessible and are equipped with lifts for sailors transferring from wheelchairs.

“If you can breathe, you can sail.” – Scott Meide, Challenged America Sailor

The Challenged America learn-to-sail program is available to the disabled community, taught in the Martin 16,  a two-person, accessible sixteen foot, high-performance, safe and unsinkable sloop. Sailing instruction is from our Shelter Island (San Diego) facility.

Most physical disabilities can be readily accommodated with accessible and adaptive technology, devices, equipment, and proven sailing techniques.  And if you have a unique challenge and need we are unable to immediately accommodate, give our adaptive sailing team a little time to work on it, and we’ll get you sailing at Challenged America before the tide changes too often.

We currently have free sailing on the Martins on most Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations are required. Group sailing and alternate days can be arranged by calling our sailing office at 619-523-9318 or email at . Check the calendar for upcoming available dates.

4 Responses to Martin 16 Sailing Program

  1. I am the Co-Chair of the Rotary Mobility Cup 2011 which will be held from August 29/11 to Sept. 2/11 in Hamilton/Burlington, Ontario Canada.

    Please go to our website to find out more information for this world sanctioned sailing regatta. The Martin 16′s will have both a Silver & Gold fleet competing. The Access Liberty’s and the International 2.4 mR’s will also be competing at this event.

    We invite you to attend and register on-line. Please contact me for further information.

    • challengedamerica says:

      Hi Bob, we are familiar with the mobility cup, last year we had 3 crews participating.

      • We would really appreciate if you could attend our event in what is known as the Golden Horseshoe of Ontario. The Hotel information will be going on line in the nesxt week along with a detailed Tourism portfolio. The day after the event begins the largest Ribfest in Canada put on by the Rotary Club of Lakeshore Burlington. This event promises to be the best ever and your participation is welcomed. This is the 1st time that 2 yacht clubs have joint ventured to put on the Mobility Cup.

    • Bob,
      While researching boats for an adaptive sailing program we are trying to organize I ran across your post about the Rotary Mobility Cup.

      I am very, very interested in learning more about your event and the Martin 16. We are in the process of researching the prospect of organizing an adaptive sailing program, creating a draft website ( researching boats, disabilities.. etc. in Door County ( Wisconsin –

      I am wondering if you need volunteer help in any way during the Regatta? I am a fairly accomplished sailor, 20 year Lake Michigan keelboat racer, US Sailing Certified Instructor and the lead sailing instructor for a local youth program. I could help with rigging, sailing, trailering, committee boat… I would love to come to the regatta and help in any way (even clean the restrooms if need be).???
      My email is and my cell is 920-495-1266

      P.S. – The link to your name and the two other Chairs in the lower right corner of your web page about the Rotary Cup did not appear to work. Instead of connecting to your email address it filled the TO box with several lines of HTML/JavaScript code?? Could just be my system but.. for what it is worth..

      Mike Stapleton
      Lead Sailing Instructor
      Village of Egg Harbor, Door County, Wisconsin

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