Whistler Adaptive and the Whistler Sailing Association are hosting two Adaptive Sailing Have-A-Go Camps on September 8 & 9, 2016 and September 10 & 11, 2016 on Alta Lake in Whistler, BC. This camp is open to children, youth or adults with a physical, cognitive or sensory disability. Sailing experience is not necessary. We will be using Martin 16 Sailboats, which are fully accessible and adapted for people with physical disabilities, and Pirates, a sailing dinghy that can be sailed by a pair of sailors. The two-day camps will each cost $120 plus $25 for a Whistler Adaptive 2016/17 membership. Space is limited in each camp, so sign up early.
Need accommodation? As a Whistler Adaptive athlete or volunteer, you are eligible to stay at the Whistler Athletes' Lodge in Cheakamus Crossing. Ask us for details.
Interested in volunteering? Contact us here or by calling 604-905-4493 to sign up for our training day on Wednesday, September 7.
About the Martin 16 Sailboats
The Canadian designed and built Martin 16 is a boat that allows children and adults with physical disabilities to go sailing! Individuals with limited to no mobility in their arms can sail independently using power assist technology. The Martin 16 is 16 feet long – the size of many small sailboats. But unlike other boats, the Martin 16 has been specially designed to meet the needs of sailors with disabilities.
First and foremost the boat is very stable. A 300 lb. lead bulb is attached to the keel of the boat which makes it impossible to capsize (tip over). The inner hull of the boat is filled with foam flotation that makes the boat unsinkable, even if it is totally flooded.
The sailor sits in the boat in a multi-adjustable seat that can accommodate any special postural needs. The seat is situated on the center line at the bottom of the cockpit. This is the most stable position in the boat and means that the sailor does not have to move from one side of the boat to the other as one must do on standard sailboats. If necessary quick-release straps can be used to stabilize the sailor’s trunk when the boat heels (leans to the side) on windy days.
Once comfortably seated, the joystick tiller (to control the steering) and lines (to control the sails) are directly at hand making it possible to sail the boat independently without needing to change position. A second seat for an instructor or companion is located behind the sailor’s seat.
The Martin 16 is used in adapted sailing programs around the world for recreational sailing, learn-to-sail programs and racing.
Raise the Roof Returns June 10th
Delta Whistler Village Suites hopes to raise over $25,000 for local and provincial charities
Whistler, B.C. – Delta Whistler Village Suites will host the 8th annual Raise the Roof fundraiser to benefit the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program and BC Children’s Hospital.
The event features a raffle and silent auction offering numerous hotel stays, restaurants, activities and local artists. An employee driven fundraiser, Delta staff have set a fundraising target of $25,000. To date this event has raised just under $120,000. Almost all of the auction donations have been generously made by the community of Whistler.
The raffle proceeds will be matched via Scotiabank’s Bright Futures Program and they will benefit Whistler Adaptive. The proceeds from the silent auction, donation entries as well as beer and wine sales will be split between BC Children’s Hospital and Whistler Adaptive.
“We are thrilled to be the recipient charity again this year for Raise the Roof on June 10,” said Chelsey Walker, executive director. “The staff and management at the Delta Whistler Village Suites have been long-time supporters of our organization. They have raised over $60,000 for our adaptive sports programs. We also want to thank Scotiabank for matching the raffle proceeds.”
The event takes place at the Delta Whistler Village Suites on Friday June 10th from 5-9 pm. Suggested entry donation of $15 at the door on June 10.
“‘We are excited to continue our support of Whistler Adaptive Sports Program and new this year BC Children’s Hospital. We feel the two charities complement one another and are easy for the Whistler community to rally behind. We are hoping for our best year yet,” said Jeff Kennedy, General Manager of the Delta Whistler Village Suites said.
Whistler Adaptive Sports Program Society
Whistler Adaptive is a centre for learning and sports excellence that has a local, regional, national and international clientele and encourages independence, self-confidence and self-motivation for all our athletes and participants through outdoor activity. We provide the opportunity for hundreds of people at any age with a wide range of disabilities to participate in sports, therapeutic programming and recreational activities that are accessible to everyone.
SAVE THE DATE!
Whistler Adaptive Sports Program
Your support on May 10, 2018 will help Whistler Adaptive adapt the playground. Canadian Paralympic athletes and Whistler Adaptive Sports Program alumni/members will be in attendance.
Dine with some of the best athletes in Canada, enjoy a delicious three course dinner surrounded by spectacular views, and help us raise much needed funds through the popular live and silent auctions.
New this year, we have partnered with Givergy to host an online silent and live auction. You can register for the auction as well as check out the great auction items that are being added daily at www.wasfundraiser.com. Feel free to share our auction with your network!
If you are unable to join us at the event, you can easily make a donation online or contact us to donate to the silent auction. Every dollar helps ensure individuals with a disability enjoy adaptive sport in Whistler.
Funds raised will:
May 10, 2018
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
3811 Point Grey Road
Cocktails: 6 pm
Dinner: 7 pm
Event wrap-up: 10pm
RSVP by phone or email
We would be happy to reserve your spot:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.905.4493