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This past weekend we sailed on the RS Venture Sailability, so we were pleased to share this story…

Steve Heronemus returned to sailing Friday, a decade after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, which has left him physically disabled but has not lessened his desire to spend time on Lake Michigan. The 55-year-old Sheboygan man has use of one finger and his jaw, which is enough to control a 24-foot sailboat that has been outfitted with electronic controls and a power winch for the sails.

On Friday, Heronemus sailed on his own for about four hours near the Sheboygan harbor. Heronemus used a “bite tube” in his mouth to activate electronics that steered the boat left and right. He used his middle finger to activate buttons that trimmed the sails. The journey was a major personal accomplishment and a huge step forward in sailing technology for others with physical disabilities. Read on.