Year End BBQ

BBQ???? I’m excited!

We had originally planned to host a year end Barbecue this week on Saturday the 23rd. This is no longer happening. As we are in partnership with Medichair for this event, and they were not able to make it, we’ve decided to shift the event into september. We are currently working on a date that would work for all of us, so keep tuned!

Spinal Cord Injury Day


The Disabled Sailing Association of BC, Victoria Branch invites you to its first drop-in sail day exclusively for people who use wheelchairs. Sailing is an integral part of Victoria, and we would like to offer you a chance to experience it through our adapted one-design dinghies. During this drop-in sail, you will be introduced to dinghy sailing, taken out for a spin around Esquimalt Harbour, and join a supportive community. Sailing offers many possibilities, whether it be for the outdoor lover seeking a new hobby or for those who are seeking the excitement and competition of racing. Many high-performance and Paralympic athletes have originated from the West Coast. Please see below for details and we hope to see you there!
When: Saturday August 23rd, from 10h00 to 16h00
Where: Canadian Forces Esquimalt Association, 1001 Maplebank Road, Esquimalt
How to Register: Please call (250) 812-8467 to reserve a spot.
What to expect: Sailing is a wet sport, please bring appropriate clothing. The temperature out on the water is cooler than on shore. We will supply lifejackets and slings. This is a rain or shine event, however we cannot control the severity of the wind. If the winds exceeds our safe-limits, this event will be subject to cancellation.
Additional Details: The Martin 16 and Access 303 are adaptive dinghies. These boats will not capsize and they have internal floatation so they will not sink. The Martin 16 is a one-design racing boat, with adaptive capabilities such as Autohelm, Windlass, Joystick & Sip-and-Puff controls, and adjustable seating and padding. People with Spinal Cord Injuries as high as C1 have sailed and competed in Martin 16’s with this equipment.  We use a Hoyer-like lift system for transfers into our boats.
See Vancouver Sailing Association’s mini documentary for information about the Martin 16′s adaptive technology Here!

 

End of the Summer

Hi Sailors!

We are very close to the end of our season again, so things are getting busy! We are booked solid for the next week and a half, but there are always cancellations! We encourage you to call our office in the morning to check if any spots have opened up.
We also ask, that if you do cancel, give us as much notice as possible, and if you do have a sail with us, please call or email in to confirm you will be there. This will ensure that we are filling up every last boat for every session!

Feedback Forms
We will be posting feedback forms in our DSA office, so when you come by, please grab one, fill it out and return it! Thanks to the feedback from last year, we have made some changes and have made some improvements! We encourage the constructive feedback!

A gorgeous sail with Amie

Thank you for a wonderful summer!

2014 Season Starts!

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Welcome back to another sailing filled summer with DSA!

We are very excited to get back out on the water again! The weather is looking promising so stock up on sunscreen. DSA is very thrilled to announce that a BRAND NEW Martin 16 has been added to our fleet thanks to Variety the Children’s Charity! What do you get when you put our speedy DSA racers in this new Martin 16? We’ll find out in 2015 when we host Mobility Cup!
                 Check out the Registration page to register for the 2014 season. Registration will be held at the CFSA Yacht Club in the main clubhouse. Please don’t forget to register early to avoid line-ups and late registration!
Special thanks go to Kris Thannhouser, Dmitri Rossinski, Ken Kelly, Bill MacDonald, the DSA Board, CFSA and the many more CFSA/DSA volunteers that worked hard throughout the year to maintain and repair our boats after a very busy summer!
New Staff, New Boat, New Sailors! This will be one fun summer!
See you on the water!

2013 Season Ends

175 sailors, 675 sails, and four great instructors!  IMG_0265Thank you to Hannah Brady, Matt Montgomery, Claire Brady, and Brock Poesiat for providing welcoming, supportive, and encouraging opportunities for people to experience sailing, learn to sail, and to race.  Each of you brought something unique to the program and your commitment and enthusiasm for your sport made every day on the water a great one.  We also want to thank all of our volunteers who make it possible for us to extend many more opportunities for people to sail than would be possible with our staff of four. Each of you is a tremendous resource for both us and the sailors.

Many thanks to Kris Thannhauser, Director, DSABC, Victoria, for coordinating our end of season BBQ, and to Todd Linski and his staff from Victoria’s MEDIchair® for providing the food and cooking it for us. We had a great turn out and everyone attending appreciated the food you provided and your interest and support of DSABC, Victoria. DSC_0154

Finally, we would be remiss not to thank our host club CFSA, Esquimalt Squadron for providing the venue for all of this good stuff to happen, and their ongoing support.

We hope to see all of the sailors back on the water next season!

 

Cork County Council IFDS 2013 World Championships

IFDS1267819_501034059989036_1540665945_o The International International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) 2013 World Championships are taking place in Kinsale, Ireland this week. Victoria is well represented with John McRoberts and Jackie Gay sailing in the SKUD 18 class, Bruce Millar sailing in the International 2.4mR class, and former DSABC, Victoria Commodore Paul Tingley sailing in the Sonar class with his crew comprised of Logan Campbell and Scott Lutes.

Glorious sunshine and 10-12 knot winds welcomed the 120 sailors from 19 nations to Kinsale on Sunday in advance of the start of the Cork County IFDS World Championships. Results from the Practice race saw John and Jackie finish 1st in the SKUD 18 fleet, and both Bruce, and Paul and his crew finish 5th in their respective fleets.

The championships got underway today at 12 noon with two races planned daily until Friday. Light winds of just 2-3 knots expected for today’s racing.  As you can see from the photo all fleets were under postponement while they waited for the wind.
For more information and to follow the results go to: www.ifdsworlds2013.com

 

DSABC, Victoria Strategic Plan

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In 2011, DSABC, Victoria developed a strategic plan to guide the evolution of the organization.  Strategic plans should be dynamic, they reflect a particular point in the process of strategic planning, which should be never ending. We invite you to review this plan and consider how you can help us further our mission and reach our goals.  We welcome your input and encourage you to let us know the direction you think our programs should be going.  Please share your views and opinions with us.

DSA’s New Program Headquarters

Image 1DSABC, Victoria will be operating out of a new office on the CFSA foreshore this summer. This relocation was necessitated when Base Construction and Engineering Office (BCEO) condemned the office we have used previous summers.  Emily Boardman, Director, DSABC,Victoria and Recreation Integration Victoria’s new Coordinator of Services came up with a solution to our displacement by arranging for the rental an ATCO Site Office as our program headquarters for our 2013 season.

ImageBill Macdonald acted as our liaison between DSABC, Victoria and CFSA regarding our relocation and requirements. We are once again indebted to CFSA, specifically Dana Govang, Chairman, Foreshore Committee, Marty Vachon, and Alan Reese, for constructing a substantial ramp to make the new office accessible.   BCEO Electricians ran a power feed and hooked up the office to electricity for us.

This is a temporary solution for this season, over the fall and winter we will be working with CFSA to come up with a more permanent solution.

Bravo zulu to all those who helped to make this move seamless and take place before our season started.