Adapted Sailing Program Scheduled Group to sail in conjunction with Nyack Boat Club

May 8, 2009

The Nyack Boat Club, sponsors of the annual Tappan Zee Regatta, will be hosting the third annual Adapted Sailing program, in conjunction with Helen Hayes Hospital, this May. Experienced sailors with disabilities, along with Boat Club members and therapists from the leading physical rehabilitation Hospital, will be mentoring individuals with physical disabilities on how to sail using adaptive boats and equipment.

The program kicked off with an Introduction to Sailing Workshop on May 7 at the Nyack Boat Club in Nyack. This will be followed by a day of Adapted Sailing on the Hudson River on Friday, May 15 from 11:30 am to 6:30 p.m. at the club in Nyack, Rockland County. The day will kick off with a meet the sailors lunch and panel discussion on adaptive sailing. From there, the group will head down to the Boat Club docks on the Hudson River to get on board the specially adapted sonar boats. Adaptive sailing skills and techniques will be demonstrated to individuals with physical disabilities who are new to the sport. Participants are welcome to stay for an informal reception and roundtable discussion on opportunities in adapted sailing.

On Saturday May 16, the Boat Club will host the Tappan Zee Regatta. Competitors of all abilities will be participating in the event. Spectator boats will be available for individuals of all abilities to get out on the water and view the Regatta.

For additional information, contact 845-786-4950.