With AbleSailNL, Sailing is for Everyone
Operating with a small team and limited budget, AbleSailNL does whatever it can to make sailing accessible for anyone in Newfoundland and Labrador.
After returning from England, where he captained a 60-foot trimaran that was quadriplegic-accessible and built a boat for a quadriplegic sailor to cross the English Channel, AbleSailNL President Matt Debicki arrived in Newfoundland and realized there was no accessible sailing program in the province.
“I figured I might as well make one,” ...
Para Sailing Increasing Through Able Sail
Accessible sailing opportunities continue to increase in Atlantic Canada through the Able Sail network, with Newfoundland joining the umbrella organization in 2019 with much success.
“We had great interest for our first year,” said Matt Debicki, president of Able Sail Newfoundland. “We had exceptional numbers. We had over 40 people in boats. We had 10 solid athletes that returned quite often and most importantly, we had incredible uptake and support from the yacht club establishment....
RNYC to Host Able Sail NL
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.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, such a sport has never truly been introduced, but there is a solid effort today to change that. The Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club and its volunteers will be ...