ILRC Able Sail is a Winnipeg-based, accessible summer sailing program offered by the Independent Living Resource Centre. The program is founded, coordinated and operated by people with disabilities and dedicated volunteers.
We operate out of the beautiful Fort Whyte Alive, on Devonian Lake
Our mission is to provide Manitobans with disabilities the opportunity to access and enjoy sailing activities while promoting enhanced independence and community.
- To provide sailing opportunities for Manitobans regardless of ability, age, or economic means
- To provide a unique, enjoyable experience for our participants which includes opportunities for social, recreational, rehabilitative and competitive activities
- To build confidence, self-esteem, and enhance independence for people with mobilty or other impairments
ILRC Able Sail delivers an accessible sailing experience through program adaptations that includes:
- Automatic maneuvering system which includes joystick or sip-and-puff
- Lift & transfer device for easy access into and out of the boats
- Accessible docks and washrooms
- Untippable, unsinkable Martin 16 sailboats
Our boats feature:
- A weighted keel that makes the boat stable and uncapsizable
- Floatation foam within the hull which keeps the boat afloat even if punctured
- A self-tacking jib frees the sailor from heavy line hauling
- A second seat provides room for a sailing instructor or qualified sailing companion