• Making Waves Newsletter

    Volume 1, Issue 1 February 2018


    By Danny McCoy

    Happy New Year! Since the inception of Able Sail Network, it has been the wish of the directors, as well as the members, that there would be more support and continuity for our individual associations. This newsletter is a start to keeping you all up to date about important issues.


  • Mobility Cup 2018 Update

    By Kevin Penny

    Mobility Cup Returns to Halifax!

    During the week of August 27-August 31, 2018, Sail Able Nova Scotia, in conjunction with the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron will be hosting the 2018 Mobility Cup.

    Paul Tingley, Paralympic Sailor, has accepted the position of chair for the event.

    Stay tuned for more updates! The Notice of Race will be posted soon on the Mobility Cup website: mobilitycup.com

    The ASN Mobility Cup Committee is pleased to announce that Mobility Cup 2019 will be jointly hosted by the National Capital Able Sail Association and the Nepean Sailing Club in Nepean, Ontario September 9 – 13, 2019

  • Strategic Plan – Part 1

    By Mark Lambert

    In early 2017, the ASN Board set out to develop a Strategic Plan; a document that would outline how we, as a Charitable Foundation, would support our member clubs. The Strategic Plan focused on four Pillars, or areas of focus. Each Pillar has a strategy, and two goals, complete with who is responsible for the goal and measures of success.

    As I have come to learn, developing a Strategic Plan is not a quick activity. After all, this plan will guide an organization’s major activities, and should be referenced frequently; being more than a document that gets dusted off every year or two. In addition, this document can be kept “evergreen”, updated regularly as priorities shift.

    Much effort went into creating the now approved ASN Strategic Plan and ensuring that it aligns with the tack the ASN Board would like head.

    The four Pillars of our Strategic Plan are:

    1. Center of Excellence for Able Sail Program Information
    2. National Fundraising Engine for Able Sail Programs
    3. National Advocate for Able Sail Grass Roots Program
    4. Support the Sailing Development of the Able Sail Community

    These Pillars are consistent with the existing Objectives of the ASN:

    1. Facilitate and develop communication and collaboration among organizations and individuals committed to the development of sailing programs for people with disabilities
    2. Assist in the development and delivery of active, strong and sustainable disabled sailing programs
    3. Facilitate the delivery of programs, services and resources for disabled sailing programs
    4. Facilitate increased public awareness of and advocacy for disabled sailing programs

    In future newsletters we’ll delve deeper into each of the four pillars.

  • ASN Group Insurance Policy

    It has taken a long time but we have finally found a marine insurance company (April) that is interested in creating a group hull & machinery policy for ASN members. In order to proceed to the next step all members that are interested in participating in this must submit an application form and provide information on the boats and equipment to be insured. An email with all the relevant documents and information was recently sent to members. By participating in this group policy members will benefit from lower premiums and there will also be less issues should there be any claims resulting from collisions at regattas if the boats are insured with the same company.

  • Congratulations René!!

    René Dallaire was recently recognized for his decades of leadership in several domains. In July 2017 he received the Ordre national du Quebec in recognition of his contributions to improving the quality of life of Quebecers with physical disabilities. Then in November he was named the Volunteer of the Month by Sail Canada, followed by the announcement in January that he is the winner of the Sail Canada Volvo Cars Volunteer of the Year Award!

    René (seen below with Quebec premier Philippe Couillard) launched the Association québécoise de voile adaptée (AQVA) program in 1996 and has volunteered as its full-time executive director since 2002. During that time he has been a driving force behind AQVA’s growth and success and has been an inspiration to a multitude of sailors.

  • Adaptive Sailing in the Caribbean

    Many of you will remember Joel Taylor who was an instructor with DSA-BC Vancouver. Joel has teamed up with Barefoot Offshore Sailing School in St-Vincent and the Grenadines to offer the first ever Adaptive Sailing Cruising Course. Learn how to sail a live- aboard yacht! Visit the Barefoot website to read all about it: barefootoffshore.com/sailing_courses/adaptive-cruise/

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La voile m'a donné les outils, une communauté et les connaissances pour apprendre les habilités que j'utilise aujourd'hui.

Peter Eagar Membre de l'équipe canadienne paralympique de voile, Gagnant de la Coupe mobilité 2015