The Disabled Sailing Association of BC provides people with disabilities the
opportunity to leave their restrictions behind and become active participants in an exciting outdoor sport.
DSA BC began with Expo ’86, when British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher donated a British designed Sunbird to Rick Hansen in honour of his ‘Man in Motion’ tour. In 1989, Rick Hansen presented the boat to Sam Sullivan who has been responsible for developing the program and raising funds and awareness. DSA BC has expanded to include chapters in Victoria, Kelowna and Penticton. The first annual national regatta for sailors with disabilities, named “Mobility Cup” was hosted by Vancouver in 1991. It has since grown to be a World Class Regatta for sailors across Canada and the United States and serves as a qualifying event for international competitions such as the Paralympics.
This boat was specially designed in Vancouver to be a high performance boat for sailors with or without disabilities and includes an option for Sip & Puff control. Stability, adjustable seating, and specialized control systems such as the Sip & Puff mechanism make the Martin 16 accessible to even the most physically challenged sailor.
These boats are so well designed that anyone with some disability will not feel apprehensive about being in control of the boat. The features are modified to suit the needs of each sailor. They can address each specific requirement so that the family also feels confident when a family member with a disability goes sailing without them.
The Sunbird is the boat that began our local program. It is designed to be sailed comfortably by one person with all controls easily operated from a seated position.
The Disabled Sailing Association strongly encourages young sailors to experience the joy of sailing by providing special days and times exclusively for child sailors. Barbecues and entertainment are usually offered at a special ‘Children’s Day’ during the summer. Children always sail with an experienced volunteer and receive simple instruction on boat operation. Children’s sized lifejackets are supplied. Teens are encouraged to sail independently and to participate in the race club.
Without volunteers, our sailing program could not exist. Each season, over 100 volunteers assist with the following: rigging boats, launching and retrieval of boats, providing sailing instruction, assisting people in and out of boats, boat maintenance, promotional booths, and various administrative tasks. New volunteers are always welcome!
The Race Club operates in conjunction with the Disabled Sailing Association and Jericho Sailing Centre to host regular races for its members. The Race Club trains new racers through monthly Race Clinics which cover topics such as local and international racing opportunities, racing rules, and strategies and techniques. We also participate in the Mobility Cup, the international qualifying race which draws disabled sailors from across Canada and the United States.
Jericho Sailing Centre
1300 Discovery Street,
Vancouver, BC V6R 4L9
(604) 222-3003 (604) 222-3004 (fax)
c/o Recreation Integration
4135 Lambrick Way
Victoria, BC V8N 5R3
Central Okanagan Sailing Association
4220 Hobson Road
Kelowna, BC V1W 1Y3
298 South Beach Drive
Penticton, BC V2A 3W3
Ronald McDonald’s Children’s Charities · Vancouver area Rotary Clubs · Spencer Foundation · Hylcan Foundation · Variety Club · Telephone Employees Community Fund · Hamber Foundation · Blackcomb Foundation · Christmas Family Ball Society · BC Sailing · Leon & Thea Koerner Foundation · Marine Trades Association · Gordie Howe Disabled Athletes Foundation · Vancouver Port Corporation · Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows · Mustang Survival · BC Hydro Employees Community Services Fund · Jericho Sailing Centre · Human Resources Development Canada
How the Program Works
There is a nominal membership fee to join DSA(BC) and a small additional fee for each sailing session or lesson. Please contact the office for more information about this year’s rates.
|If you would like to make an appointment to:
· Register as a member of DSA (BC) and to sail
· Become familiarized with the sailboats and equipment
· Take a Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) White Sail class
· Learn to Sail, or to go for a Sail
· Increase racing skills
· Be a volunteer
Please call the DSA office at: (604) 222-3003
DISABLED SAILING ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Plaza of Nations
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6B 5E7
Phone (604) 688-6464 Fax: (604) 688-6463