Bay area children and adults with disabilities were provided free sailing lessons in Pillar Point Harbor by the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club.  Ten student sailors and their families attended the event.

Half Moon Bay Yacht Club (HMBYC) hosted sailing lessons for Bay area children and adults with disabilities in Pillar Point Harbor.

The event was promoted to children and their families who are served by California Children Services (CCS) in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Alameda.  Children with physical or mental disabilities can acquire learning, therapy, and temporary symptom inhibition by participating in aquatic activities.  

Pillar Point Harbor is acknowledged as a safe, quiet, and picturesque aquatic venue.  An adaptive sloop designed for sailors with disabilities was used in addition to traditional sailboats.  A beach accessible wheel chair was available too. That coupled with the HMBYC beach with ADA club access, bathrooms and a shower affords these families a stress free day at the beach. 

The yacht club youth sailing instructors staffed the event along with boy and girl scouts from Troop 255, and CCS therapists. The budding sailors could train in the adaptive boat with their family along or the family could follow in a yacht club sailboat.  The sailors got to try out both type of sailboats. All boats were kept busy sailing until it was time to go home. 

Between lessons the families could explore the beach or relax on the yacht club deck overlooking the bay. The attendance goal for this event was 8-10 sailors and that was achieved along with 30 family members who sailed along with students.

California Inclusive Sailing provided the adaptive sloop and a beach accessible wheel chair was obtained from Francis Beach State Park.  Donations to the HMBYC Foundation during last May’s Coastside Gives campaign funded the sailing instruction.  

Another Adaptive Day on the Bay is planned for August 4th.  For details contact HMBYC at 214 Princeton Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, (650) 728-2120 or [email protected]