RIKC and Weatherby Yacht Club hosted a day of Adaptive Sailing for the Adolescents in the RIKC Summer Therapy and Day Program Groups. The afternoon event started with pizza and introductions of boat captains and their new crew members. The excitement began to rise over lunch and then we were finally able to hit the water. Crews of 6-7 boarded their boats for the day and then they set sail across the lake. The sailboats, that were volunteered by their owners for the day, were Cannonball, Raven, and Blue Ayes. The Cannonball's captain and crew were Bill McGovern and Ray Stanton, Raven was captained by Hanns Hagen and Michelle Stevenson, and Blue Ayes was with Tony White and Paul Stevenson.
Adaptive Sailing was a great opportunity for participants to learn how to sail while working towards their therapy goals. Each boat was accompanied by experienced Sailors who not only showed us how to sail but were able to put first time participants at ease. Participants enjoyed a day of sun and fun while therapy focused on arm coordination, visual scanning, problem-solving, balance skills and mobility over different terrains.
This was the fourth year (of many to come) partnering with Weatherby Yacht Club for this event.