Adapted Sailing Program Scheduled
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  • The Helen Hayes Hospital Adapted Sports and Recreation program, in conjunction with the Nyack Boat Club, will be hosting their sixth annual Adapted Sailing program this May. The program offers individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to learn to sail using adaptive equipment. Experienced sailors from the Club’s Sonar Fleet 23, along with therapists from the physical rehabilitation hospital, will provide an introductory skills workshop and an afternoon of sailing on the Hudson River. The event takes place beginning May 12 and concludes with the Regatta on May 21. Pre-registration is required.

    The program kicks off with an Introduction to Sailing Workshop on Thursday May 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Nyack Boat Club in Nyack. This will be followed by a day of adapted sailing on the Hudson River on Friday, May 20 from 11:30 am to 5:00 p.m. at the club in Nyack, Rockland County. The day begins with an informal luncheon and panel discussion on adaptive sailing. From there, the group will head down to the Boat Club docks on the Hudson River to get on board the specially adapted sonar boats. Assistance will be provided, as needed, for boarding, and one of the Club’s experienced sailors will be on each boat, offering instruction and guidance on how to sail. Participants are welcome to stay for an informal reception and roundtable discussion on opportunities in adapted sailing.

    The 2010 Tappan Zee Challenge for Sonars, sponsored by Sonar Fleet 23 of the Nyack Boat Club of Nyack, NY will be held on May 21-22. The regatta schedule is as listed in the Notice of Race and Entry Form which can be downloaded from the Nyack Boat Club website.  Each year in May, Sonar Fleet 23 of the Nyack Boat Club hosts the first Sonar regatta of the year North of the Mason-Dixon line. The venue is the two and a half mile wide stretch of the Hudson River, just north of the Tappan Zee Bridge in Nyack, NY. Historically 12 to 20 boats with sailors of all abilities participate in two days of racing on the Hudson River. The competition is always excellent with boats traveling from Long Island Sound, New England, the Great Lakes, Florida, and Ireland. Spectator boats will be available on Saturday for individuals of all abilities to get out on the water and view the Regatta. Everyone is welcome to attend a dinner that evening at the Club.

    Helen Hayes Hospital, one of the nation’s largest specialty physical rehabilitation hospitals, sponsors a comprehensive Adapted Sports & Recreation program, known to speed the recovery process while also encouraging a healthy lifestyle for individuals of all abilities. Current and former patients, as well as individuals with disabilities living in the community, are given opportunities to participate in a range of recreational activities, including kayaking, waterskiing, gardening, golf, yoga, downhill skiing and rowing. Trained staff supervises all activities, and equipment is adapted as necessary.

    The May sailing workshop is free of charge. There is a nominal fee for those who wish to attend the Saturday evening dinner. For additional information and registration, contact 845-786-4950.

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