Special to the Patriot-Bridge
It was a beautiful, breezy day of sailing and adventure for the 120 participants who joined Charlestown Adaptive Sailing Day on Sunday, October 8. Organized by Courageous Sailing and offered with the help and support of the Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard, Piers Park Sailing Center, and Spaulding Rehab.
Charlestown Adaptive Sailing Day is an opportunity for people of any age, with any sort of disability, to go for a free sail with family, friends, and an instructor from Courageous or Piers Park. From new participants to families who have been coming for over ten years, from people trepidatious about stepping on a boat for the first time to experienced sailors whose deafness or physical challenges have limited their access to the sport, everyone enjoyed the experience.
“This was our first time attending such an event, and I hope it won’t be our last,” said Kristen Der, who came sailing with her family. “Everyone was so kind, and accommodating. My daughter, who is typically very apprehensive, was instantly calmed by our lovely and charming Captain Charlie…..She really felt comfortable and welcomed today. I can’t even begin to tell you how much my mama heart needed that glorious afternoon, perfect weather, sail! Everything was so magical and impactful.”Thank you to Spaulding to providing wonderful lunches, and to Rep. Dan Ryan and David Beane of DC Beane & Associates, who supported the spring and fall events.