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7.9. Sailing

Adaptive sailing organizations and resources through Infinitec.

Wind is the first essential for sailors but technology can supplement Mother Nature in a big way with adapted sailboats and special equipment. For instance, a trimaran named the Challenger was designed to go with a minimum of body movement. The newly developed Slatts-22 from Hydro-Flight of Seattle provides hydrofoil-assisted sailing that doesn't require the helmsman or passenger to change positions during tacking and rudder pedals are easily modified with hand controls.

The Freedom Independence is another good choice for adapted sailing. Organizations, such as Shake-A-Leg in Newport, R.I., support integrated sailing, involving both disabled and non-disabled sailors. They'd be happy to add you to their crew! The popularity of sailing years ago led enthusiasts to organize an annual national and international regatta each year.
Sailing classes show you the ropes—and other equipment, while you make new friends

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