The Disabled Sailing Association (DSA) strives
to increase the independence, motivation and quality of life as
well as offer physical fitness opportunities for people with significant
physical disabilities. DSA's sailing operations are based at Jericho
Sailing Centre. Jericho Sailing Centre houses the DSA offices
as well as the equipment room, fondly called referred to as “The
Our core program is outfitted for a variety
of disabilities and sailing skill levels. With the the Martin 16 sailboat and the Sip n' Puff control system, anyone with a physical disability can sail.
We provide opportunities for recreational and competitive sailing
as well as instruction for first-time sailors. DSA' sailing season
runs from late May through August. Despite the schedule sailors are
encouraged to come at any time and usually our staff can find
an available sailboat on short notice.
Racing and Regattas
The annual Integration
Regatta was inaugurated in 1999, when sailors with a disability
issued a challenge. In this event, DSA's sailors compete head-on
with their able-bodied competitors representing yacht clubs and
boating organizations from around the Lower Mainland.
New Beginnings Regatta
Beginnings Regatta was first introduced in the summer of 2002.
The purpose of this two-day event is to introduce children and
adults with disabilities to sailing for the first time.
DSA Cascadia Regatta
The DSA Cascadia Regatta
will be held at the Jericho Sailing Centre on English Bay in Vancouver,
British Columbia. The event is organized by the Disabled Sailing
Association, Vancouver Chapter, and the Jericho Sailing Centre.
The Easter Seals Waves Regatta is hosted by Royal Vancouver Yacht club, and open to all sailors, RVYC members and members of other clubs on an equal basis. For the races hosted by RVYC all participants are guests of the club for racing and post-race socializing. DSA supports members who wist to race by making Martin 16s availalbe.
The Mobility Cup, first
held in Vancouver in 1991, has become the national open regatta
for sailors with a disability. This race series is a world-class
event and attracts competitors and spectators from throughout
North America and around the world.
Children’s Sailing Opportunities
The DSA Children’s Program offers regular sailing opportunities along with special Kid's Days at Jericho every summer.
Kids' Adventure Days
This program began in 2001. With the help of the BC Mobility Opportunities
Society (BCMOS), the day involves hiking and sailing.