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Free Adaptive Sailing Lessons for People with Disabilities

STONINGTON, CT. The New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) is offering free adaptive sailing for people with disabilities on Saturday, May 18. This event is free and open to the public, but spots are limited, and advanced registration is required. Registration is available online. No prior sailing experience is necessary, NESS will provide a lifejacket, sailing equipment, and a captain.

NESS’s Assistant Sailing Director Kali Cika is leading the adaptive sailing program at NESS this year. Of the sport she says: “Adaptive sailing offers opportunities for everyone to enjoy time on the water. At NESS, we are all about inclusiveness. Our specialized equipment and teaching methods make sailing a fun and accessible sport for everyone.”

NESS’s adaptive sailing supports individuals with a variety of cognitive and/or physical disabilities. With the right equipment, adaptive sailing is a great sport in which able-bodied and sailors with disabilities can participate together. In 2017, in collaboration with Sail To Prevail, NESS launched its adaptive sailing program in Stonington, CT. With this adaptive sailing program, NESS provides access to the ocean and takes students out of their comfort zones for personal growth and empowerment. NESS’s adaptive sailing program brings the fun and therapeutic qualities of sailing to individuals with diverse needs.