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The Notice of Race for Mobility Cup 2017 in Kelowna is now available at

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CANSail Checklists

Good news for Learn to Sail programs!  The Sail Canada CANSail checklists have been adapted to accommodate the needs of sailors with disabilities.  They will be integrated into the Sail Canada Checklick program that sailing schools use to register their students and follow their progress online.

Our History

At Expo 86 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher donated a British made Sunbird sailboat to Rick Hansen in honour of his Man in Motion tour. In 1989 Rick presented the boat to Sam Sullivan, a Vancouver quadriplegic who subsequently developed and used it to found the first disabled sailing association in Canada. In 1997 the Sunbird sailboat was replaced by the specially designed and Canadian made sailboat the Martin 16. Since then many disabled sailing organizations have been started across Canada.

The AbleSail Network (ASN) is a cooperative association of operators and participants in accessible sailing programs across Canada.

In 2006 ASN was conceptualized and through a government grant a feasibility study was done to determine if there was a need for a national organization.

A website was created for:

  • sharing and collaborating between ASN member programs
  • providing a permanent library to archive shared documents and resources.

An ASN National Fundraising Database containing potential sponsors for programs across Canada was developed.

ASN became the custodian of the Mobility Cup Regatta and hosted Symposiums for sailors and program directors.

ASN bylaws were finalized, the organization was incorporated and in 2011 a new board of directors was elected at the Annual General Meeting.

In April 2012 ASN obtained charitable status with Canada Revenue Agency. ASN partnered with Sail Canada in the submission of projects to Sport Canada for:

  • The development of this website
  • For financial support for sailors and volunteers participating in Mobility Cup 2012.

Get Involved

Freedom, independence, empowerment and fun are all terms we commonly hear from our members. Sailing is a sport for some and recreation for others but all agree that there's nothing like the feeling of being out on the water with our wheelchairs or walking aids back at the dock and knowing that we are safe and in control. My thanks to the dedicated staff and volunteers that make all of this possible.

Rick Watters, Sailor

Of all the volunteer jobs I have (and I have several), the one at QQDSP in Toronto is one of the more gratifying. It is great to go out with people for whom this time on the water is the highlight of their week. You really feel you are contributing something to their well being. And yes I love sailing. It is one of these win-win situations life doesn't offer enough of.

Marcel Deurvorst, Volunteer

I had no idea that sailing was still a possibility for me after my accident and 10 years later there is no turning back. I have made new friends and will keep on sailing for a long time. I think we should copyright the phrase "I leave my wheelchair at the dock and feel the freedom of being on the water" or anything similar, it has become a motto for all of us in the disabled sailing community.

Han Tacoma, Sailor

Contact Details

Able Sail Network
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