May 21, 2015 How to, Sailing, York River

Sailing Blind

By sheer coincidence, we had two sight-impaired ladies onboard among three couples. Brenda-Ann Gillis ran a summer program for blind children on Florida’s Indian River. “The ages ranged from 9 or 10 up to 16. Their sighted siblings were included as part of the group, to help teach them how to sail.” Did they get it? “Oh, they totally got it, totally hands-on. Volunteer adults helped as well. It was a great program.” With that, we put Brenda on the wheel with assistance from Tom Davidson. “I can feel the pressure of the water on the rudder!” she exclaimed. “I can feel the wind. This is wonderful, very cool!”


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