Day Options Panorama have been sailing away on a boat called Freedom every month for over seven years, with the sailing program run by Dis-Able Sailing Inc.
Six lucky Day Options participants meet at Outer Harbor, don their life jackets and board the 24ft sailboat. As this is one of the most popular Day Options programs at Panorama, most of these sea salts are repeat sailors, and know the boating safety protocols inside and out. Sailing gives them the opportunity to experience some healthy outdoor activity, increase boating confidence and safety knowledge, and to work as a team.
And they’re off - first they loop out to the end of the breakwater, and just over the line into the ocean proper. As they sail along, they talk about boat safety, enjoy the sun, the salty breeze and the sounds of the sea, and everyone gets a chance to steer the boat. Bedford sailor Sae Hou, says “I like listening to the seagulls, it makes me feel relaxed and happy. It’s really fun doing sailing…”
Finally, they head back to the channel where they skim alongside the rocks. This is often where seals bask and dolphins play alongside in the protected water, to the delight of all on board. Return sailor Morgan says, “It’s fun! I like seeing the seals and dolphins… I want to go again!”
After disembarking at the dock, the six sailors will have lunch on the wharf overlooking the water and the moored boats, in what can only be described as an idyllic setting. Program convener, Sandra Stuut has been involved with the sailing program for about three and a half years. “This program is an inclusive, safe outdoors experience and the skippers are very interactive and welcoming,” Sandi says.
“It’s an enjoyable day out and the clients are always very excited to participate in this experience with their peers.”
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