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.