‘It Is Just Freedom’: How Users Of Wheelchair Are Setting Sail

The Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario (DSAO) is using a special fleet of companion volunteers and boats to help its members to experience the joy of being in the water and talking to it. Under the setting sun, the skipper eyed a marker floating in the harbor of Toronto and judged if his compact sailboat could get past on its present course.

It is too tight, he decided, and then he took a quick turn, exchanging the burgeoning skyline of city vista for the bucolic green of its harbor islands. After a few moments, he turned the boat again, squeak past the marker and they began running with the wind on the last leg of the race.