AbleSail Network

AbleSail Network The AbleSail Network is a registered charitable foundation working to promote the independence and well being of people with disabilities by supporting the development and delivery of accessible sailing programs across Canada.

The Able Sail Network is a registered charitable foundation working with accessible sailing
programs and partner organizations that are committed to promoting and developing
the sport/recreation of sailing making it accessible to all Canadians with a disability.

Operating as usual

AbleSail Network's Mobility Cup Committee chair Paula Stone and Mobility Cup 2022 Regatta chair met and made plans at No...
09/21/2021

AbleSail Network's Mobility Cup Committee chair Paula Stone and Mobility Cup 2022 Regatta chair met and made plans at Northern Yacht Club in North Sydney, Nova Scotia over the weekend. We're looking forward to this future event, how about you?

AbleSail Network's Mobility Cup Committee chair Paula Stone and Mobility Cup 2022 Regatta chair met and made plans at Northern Yacht Club in North Sydney, Nova Scotia over the weekend. We're looking forward to this future event, how about you?

Yacht clubs around Lake St-Louis came together on Saturday for a fundraising regatta for AQVA. While the wind never show...
08/23/2021

Yacht clubs around Lake St-Louis came together on Saturday for a fundraising regatta for AQVA. While the wind never showed up for racing, over $60,000 was raised for sailors with disabilities!

Yacht clubs around Lake St-Louis came together on Saturday for a fundraising regatta for AQVA. While the wind never showed up for racing, over $60,000 was raised for sailors with disabilities!

What makes you passionate about adapted sailing? We're creating a series of profile stories from our AbleSail community ...
08/14/2021

What makes you passionate about adapted sailing? We're creating a series of profile stories from our AbleSail community members, supporters, participants and partners! Reach out to us at [email protected] to share your story of sailing, inclusion and community.

What makes you passionate about adapted sailing? We're creating a series of profile stories from our AbleSail community members, supporters, participants and partners! Reach out to us at [email protected] to share your story of sailing, inclusion and community.

A round of applause for our Chair, Paul Tingley, who is headed to the Olympic Games in Tokyo on Monday as coach of the C...
07/09/2021
Paralympian Coach leads Canadian Sailing Team to Tokyo Olympics

A round of applause for our Chair, Paul Tingley, who is headed to the Olympic Games in Tokyo on Monday as coach of the Canadian 470 sailing crew of Jacob Saunders and Oliver Bone. #olympics #Tokyo2021 #sailing #leadership #diversity

https://ablesailnetwork.com/en/who-we-are/our-stories/195-paralympian-coach-leads-canadian-sailing-team-to-tokyo-olympics

The AbleSail Network of Canada is a registered charitable foundation working with accessible sailing programs and partner organizations that are committed to promoting and developing the sport/recreation of sailing making it accessible to all Canadians with a disability. Charitable foundation regist...

Feature Story: AbleSail’s National Board Steered by New Chair. Paul Tingley talks leadership and building momentum for A...
06/26/2021

Feature Story: AbleSail’s National Board Steered by New Chair. Paul Tingley talks leadership and building momentum for AbleSailing.
https://www.ablesailnetwork.com/en/who-we-are/our-stories/192-paul-tingley

#ablesail #adaptedsailing #parasailing #adaptedsports #inclusion #empowerment #leadership #sailorswithdisabilities #sail #parasports

Feature Story: AbleSail’s National Board Steered by New Chair. Paul Tingley talks leadership and building momentum for AbleSailing.
https://www.ablesailnetwork.com/en/who-we-are/our-stories/192-paul-tingley

#ablesail #adaptedsailing #parasailing #adaptedsports #inclusion #empowerment #leadership #sailorswithdisabilities #sail #parasports

AbleSail Story: Jenny Davey talks to us about her serendipitous start with Para sailing and the exceptional path it set ...
04/19/2021

AbleSail Story: Jenny Davey talks to us about her serendipitous start with Para sailing and the exceptional path it set her on, leading her to the Para World Sailing Committee.

https://www.ablesailnetwork.com/en/our-stories

#ablesail #paralympics #parasailing #adaptedsports #sailing #inclusion

AbleSail Story: Jenny Davey talks to us about her serendipitous start with Para sailing and the exceptional path it set her on, leading her to the Para World Sailing Committee.

https://www.ablesailnetwork.com/en/our-stories

#ablesail #paralympics #parasailing #adaptedsports #sailing #inclusion

Happy International Women's Day! Today -- and every day -- we celebrate our women sailors. We invite AbleSail members to...
03/08/2021

Happy International Women's Day! Today -- and every day -- we celebrate our women sailors. We invite AbleSail members to post a photo and story caption of showing women sailors in action. #iwd2021 #internationalwomensday2021

Happy International Women's Day! Today -- and every day -- we celebrate our women sailors. We invite AbleSail members to post a photo and story caption of showing women sailors in action. #iwd2021 #internationalwomensday2021

Happy New Year to all!Let's sail bravely into new depths together in 2021!
01/01/2021

Happy New Year to all!
Let's sail bravely into new depths together in 2021!

Friendly reminder: Our virtual Holiday Party is tomorrow evening, 8 p.m. EST! Contact us to be sent the access link and ...
12/19/2020

Friendly reminder: Our virtual Holiday Party is tomorrow evening, 8 p.m. EST! Contact us to be sent the access link and password. See you all there!

Join us on December 19th for our virtual Holiday Party! Contact us to receive the Zoom access link and password. We're l...
12/12/2020

Join us on December 19th for our virtual Holiday Party! Contact us to receive the Zoom access link and password. We're looking forward to celebrate the end of this landmark year with you!

Join us Friday, July 10 at 11:30 AM EST, as we have our weekly Lunch and Learn. The July 10th guest speaker is Jacquelin...
07/08/2020

Join us Friday, July 10 at 11:30 AM EST, as we have our weekly Lunch and Learn. The July 10th guest speaker is Jacqueline Czernecki, President of Able Sail Toronto.

Jacqueline Czernecki was an insurance professional before becoming disabled, working for Canadian insurers and coordinating with International insurers such as Lloyd’s of London. She worked as a claims expert for major corporations such as Sears Canada, has handled fatality claims, and has extensive experience in CGL claims. Her last job (her favourite!) was as a Marine Claims Manager, handling vessel claims, international cargo claims and even longshoreman liability claims. During her Marine career, Jacqueline also carried out risk and hazard evaluations on-site, and helped Marine Underwriters to write manuscript and subscription policies.

Jacqueline will be covering insurance policies specifically as related to able sail programs and coverages. This is a great opportunity to come join in with your insurance questions.

See you Friday on ZOOM!

#WeAreAllinthisTogether

Hello to all! Bonjour à tous! Ablesail Network is now on Instagram: @ablesailnetwork Make sure to follow us & share this...
05/14/2020

Hello to all! Bonjour à tous!

Ablesail Network is now on Instagram: @ablesailnetwork Make sure to follow us & share this post with others!

Le réseau de voile adaptée est maintenant sur Instagram: @ablesailnetwork
Soyez-sûre de nous suivre et de partager cettee publication!

Dear Sail Canada Coaches and Instructors,I hope you are having a fantastic summer of coaching! Sail Canada is looking to...
09/10/2019

Dear Sail Canada Coaches and Instructors,

I hope you are having a fantastic summer of coaching! Sail Canada is looking to update the Coaching Sailors with a Disability module! In doing so we would like your help.

Before we start updating this professional development module, our group would like your input on Para Sailing in Canada! Please take a moment to fill in this survey. Please complete this survey by September 12th! Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D6KSLCN

Please tag other CanSail Instructors (past & present) you know. It is key that we have points of view from coaches who have, AND have not worked with Para Programs or Sailors with Disabilities to truly have an inclusive picture of coach's experience with training modules across Canada. All feedback is encouraged!

08/09/2019
Our Community: Joy of Sailing

Anyone who has sailed, coached or volunteered in a Disabled Sailing Program knows the level of creativity that goes into tailoring each sailor's experience - from custom seating, to adapting your coaching and instructions, to electronic systems, velcro, foam, duct tape and more - no two sailor's experience looks alike.

This episode produced by Accessible Media Inc. gives us a glimpse into the Adaptive Sailing Association of Kelowna.

In this episode you will get to see sailor Ean Price and his companion sailor Tracy Delorme, who won the 'Outside the Box Award' at the 2017 Mobility Cup for overcoming extraordinary challenges to sail; 11 year old Samuel Taylor, a bilateral amputee, who gets to enjoy sailing with his dad and the ability to go anywhere; 73 year old Bill Campbell who is the program's oldest sailor is able to enjoy sailing again after paralysis; Dorrie Roberts who conquers her nerves to experience her very first sail and Bill Mah, a blind sailor who uses audible cues from the boat and his companion sailor.

The best part about adaptive sailing is it is an equalizer. See it for yourself!

Sail Canada Voile Canada #AbleSail #AdaptiveSailing #Able #Sail #DisabledSailing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&time_continue=1530&v=t4mJ8t28g_o

We visit the Adaptive Sailing Association of Kelowna, B.C., where a variety of sailors have the opportunity to be on the water, just like everyone else.

Check out this story piece highlighting this new program!
08/07/2019
Sail Canada Voile Canada

Check out this story piece highlighting this new program!

Anyone can come sailing!

Great article on the efforts Able Sail NL has been making to get people with physical disabilities, mental disabilities, or even financial barries out on the water!

Do you know? Fun fact below!
07/30/2019

Do you know? Fun fact below!

30 years ago in 1989, sailor Brent Foote was the first participant in the Disabled Sailing Association program. Sailing a Sunbird sailboat, a single person boat donated by Rick Hansen to Sam Sullivan, Brent was excited to get back on the water after he was injured 10 years prior. “I got to be the test guinea pig for the whole [program],” Brent reminisces, “the boat was launched not really knowing if I could sail it, or really what was going to happen”.

After the success of this first sail, Sam and Brent noticed that the Sunbird wasn’t very well suited to the instructional aspect of disabled sailing. So, they worked with Don Martin to design what we now know as the Martin 16, “We needed a boat that would sit two people – the idea is that in a two-person boat you get more instructors and newer people out. You couldn’t throw a new person in the Sunbird and wish them good luck – you really needed someone to go along to train.” After this boat was built and perfected, it replaced all the Sunbirds and the program continued to grow.

Today Brent continues to sail and race every summer with the DSA down at Jericho and around BC, “I come because of the people, the fun, the sailing, and racing” with, of course, “a beer afterwards”. He loves the attitude of staff throughout the years, “it’s always been about enthusiasm and fun and getting out. The staff all seem to know what they’re doing – each year it gets more and more organized, which is a good thing.”

His advice to new sailors is to “just have fun! You may not like it, it’s not for everybody. Go out with an instructor and don’t go out on a really windy day. It’s like when you go skiing for the first time, don’t go straight to the most difficult run.”

Brent’s advice to the DSA? “No advice needed, except we need a dock. We need a freaking dock! That’s about it.”

We’re definitely working on it Brent! Here’s to 30 more years of DSA 🍻

06/12/2019
Sail Able Nova Scotia

Sail Able Nova Scotia

In case you missed it, here is Kevin sailing with Colleen Jones on Wednesday!

Independence Afloat Sailing School (IASS) was the first accessible program to be developed inCanada. It was founded in 1...
06/10/2019

Independence Afloat Sailing School (IASS) was the first accessible program to be developed in
Canada. It was founded in 1980 by Toronto sailor, Cathy Smart. At the time Cathy was graduating in Recreation Leadership and her primary area of study was in therapeutic recreation.
Given that Cathy had sailed a good part of her life, she decided to incorporate her two passions: sailing and assisting persons with a disability.

When and how did your Able Sail programs begin?

Ontario Sailing Sail Canada Voile Canada

http://ontariosailing.ca/media_lib/PDFs/AbleSail/Independence_Afloat_Sailing_School.pdf

Sailing Quotes
06/10/2019

Sailing Quotes

Did You Know
06/10/2019

Did You Know

Join us in welcoming two new members to the AbleSail Network!Able Sail Toronto is a new program that will be operating o...
06/09/2019
Able Sail helps people of all abilities get out on the water - ntv.ca

Join us in welcoming two new members to the AbleSail Network!

Able Sail Toronto is a new program that will be operating out of the National Yacht Club in Toronto. Check out their website: ablesailtoronto.com

Able Sail NL has started a new program at the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club in Conception Bay, NL. They've already received some great media coverage:

http://ntv.ca/able-sail-helps-people-of-all-abilities-get-out-on-the-water/

#Sailingisforeveryone Sail Canada Voile Canada

It might be the sound of the wind in the sails or the lapping of the water. Either way, sailing is therapy. As NTV’s Beth Penney reports, one group is making it easier for everyone to get out on the water.

The sailing season is right around the corner, and Sail Canada Voile Canada has an opportunity to showcase all of the Ca...
05/24/2019

The sailing season is right around the corner, and Sail Canada Voile Canada has an opportunity to showcase all of the Canadian sailors who share the same love for this beautiful sport.

Take a few moments to let Sail Canada know what you love most about sailing to help us represent the diverse and inclusive sailing community Canada really has.

Bonus: If you complete their short sailor story survey, you could win Helly Hansen gear!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6MKCP59

This week in ASN's Community Facebook Group, we are discussing tips on how to maintain the surface of your Access Dinghi...
05/08/2019

This week in ASN's Community Facebook Group, we are discussing tips on how to maintain the surface of your Access Dinghies!

Click the 'Groups' link on the left hand side to join ASN's Community Group and share with us your best maintenance tips!

This week's Quote of the Day, brought to you by Kat Walker. Thank you for your submission! What does sailing mean to you...
05/03/2019

This week's Quote of the Day, brought to you by Kat Walker. Thank you for your submission! What does sailing mean to you? How does it inspire you? Submit your very own words (or words that inspire you) for a chance to be featured.

#sailingquotes #quoteoftheday #sailingis

05/02/2019
Nepean Sailing Club

Ontario and Quebec are experiencing unprecedented flooding, and many yacht clubs have been severely affected. Any updates from our Clubs in those areas?

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Expect Delays This Spring – Launch Postponed Until Further Notice

Due to extreme flooding conditions at our club we can all expect delays to the start of our boating season. Club launch originally scheduled for May 4th then re-scheduled to May 11th is now been postponed until further notice.

At time of writing river levels are forecast to peak on Wednesday May 1 and Thursday May 2 at 60.85 metres, approximately 40 cms higher than the peak level of 2017. We must bare in mind that this is the first freshet of the season and that the snow pack up north is just starting to melt now. Normally there are two freshets and generally speaking the second freshet is higher than the first. In 2017 it was the second freshet that caused the high level mark of 60.44 metres.

To date the sandbag wall protecting the club is holding well. This thanks to a fantastic turnout of a wide variety of volunteers that responded to postings on the NSC website, TellTale and Facebook. It got to the point where I only needed postings for a very short period of time before more than enough folks turned up to lend a helping hand. And lots of new faces too which was also great to see.

Staff and volunteers continue to monitor the approximate ten pumps protecting the club around the clock. Please continue to monitor the website, TellTale and Facebook where I will make the for more volunteers as required.

On Tuesday April 30 a manageable amount of water started to pe*****te the floor of the club house (our club is a slab on grade construction) resulting in up to a few cms of water on the floor. Natural gas supply to the club has been shut off by the utility company leaving the building without heat, hot water and cooking facilities in the kitchen. The Galley has been closed until further notice and chef Rony has relocated the contents of club freezers to an offsite location in case the building loses power. The small amount (approximately $200) of fresh food and produce has been donated to local food banks. The office has been relocated to the second floor and key IT infrastructure has been moved offsite.

Once the waters recede, possibly not until after the second freshet, there will be much work to do. Our docks have never experienced water levels this high and we will therefore have to inspect all anchor chains prior to allowing boats back on the docks. Most of the yard will have been under water and saturated which will required us to test and inspect the ground support before allowing heavy equipment and boats to be moved in the yard.

Here are a few photos courtesy of Hugh Morrin. And thanks to one of my crew, the photo below is an aerial shot of the club taken from a Transport Canada Dash 7.

Our management team, staff and volunteers have been nothing short of outstanding. I personally thank them for their continued efforts and ask that you do too, the next time you see them.

Michael Hoffman, NSC Commodore

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Disabled sailing has empowered, motivated and enhanced the lives of people living with disabilities across the country and beyond. Although it is a relatively newer sport with a sparser history, it continues to attract people to the water and provide opportunities for challenge, excitement and freedom.

Accessible sailing allows everybody to participate and experience everything being on the water has to offer. Sailing allows people with physical disabilities to develop their self-confidence, self-sufficiency and social connections through participation in an exceptionally rewarding outdoor pursuit.


  • Sense of Freedom: For persons with a disability, the sense of freedom and independence associated with sailing is unrivaled.

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    Update with link to live show: Rod DJ Daddy Mack is Back!! Yes once again I get to supply a dance portion after awards online across Canada... Ya Hoo!! back with my MB mates!!!! Friday 7:30 pm EST or 4:30 pm PST(my time..lol) Link to Daddy Mack live: https://djdaddymack.com/public-stream/ #yyj #djdaddymack #mobilitycup2020 #bestonlinedj
    Rod DJ Daddy Mack is Back!! Yes once again I get to supply a dance portion after awards online across Canada... Ya Hoo!! back with my MB mates!!!! Friday 7:30 pm EST or 4:30 pm PST(my time..lol) #yyj #djdaddymack #mobilitycup2020 #bestonlinedj
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