Sail To Prevail

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Phone Number 401-849-8898
Location Newport, Rhode Island

Sail To Prevail is a nonprofit that improves the lives of more than 1,000 children and adults, each summer, through sailing in our fleet of specially adapted, 20-foot sailboats.

These programs encourage individuals with disabilities to be active participants in the sailing experience. They steer the boat, grind the winches, and trim the sails. The measurable outcomes demonstrate increased self-confidence and leadership skills.

Our boats accommodate up to five participants and one instructor, making the program inclusive. We encourage family, friends, medical assistants, and doctors to come aboard to experience the joy of sailing.

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Physical Disabilities
When needed, participants board our boats using a transfer lift and are safely secured into specially designed pivoting seats, which allow them the freedom of movement to sail the boat. Some of the disabilities include injury requiring physical therapy, amputation, cerebral palsy, deafness, muscular dystrophy, blindness, para- and quadriplegia.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sail To Prevail offers special programing for veterans with disabilities, including PTSD, and their families.

Intellectual Disabilities
Sail To Prevail instructors are trained to work with individuals with autism, ADD/ADHD, Asperger syndrome, Down syndrome and cognitive impairment caused by multiple sclerosis and other diseases.

In the “Sail Away from Cancer” program, pediatric cancer patients sail with resident doctors and family members to create a unique “out of hospital” experience.

Often referred to as seizure disorder, this medical condition affects more than 3.4 million individuals in the U.S., and Sail To Prevail offers group sessions with Epilepsy Foundation New England.

Emotional Disabilities
Dedicated to those individuals who are experiencing emotional trauma in their lives, our methodology seeks to enhance the positive aspects derived from participating in the soothing and comforting environment of sailing.

Life-Threatening Medical Conditions
Sail To Prevail commends the mission of Make-A-Wish® to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We can assist in granting a sailing wish to every medically eligible child.

Training and Racing Program
In 2010, Sail To Prevail was the first adaptive sailing program to become an official U.S. Paralympic Sport Club and provide extensive off- and on-the-water training and racing.