While Sailing includes physical maneuvering, more important aspects include understanding the boat, wind and water, giving directions to the crew, and working together with a team. Hoofers will develop your skills so that you feel confident on the water. Instruction stresses safety and fun and can be modified in numerous ways to fit individual needs. Audio recordings of sailing manuals, as well as sign language interpreters can be provided when requested in advance. In order to make the best and safest accommodations the Accessible Sailing Program offers an assessment and planning opportunity through the UW Adapted Fitness and Personal Training program. This will provide our staff with an opportunity to decide the best way to get in and out of boats and what the best accommodations will be to make your sailing activities as independent and as successful as possible.

Even more than a sailing club, Hoofer Sailing is a social organization. Pirate's Day, Commodore's Cup, and Friday night socials are great ways to meet other club members.

Equipment - Getting Started

  1. Attend a free introductory ground school, a must for all interested in joining the club.
  2. Join the Hoofer Sailing Club. Adaptive Sailing participants are eligible for a 50% discount on the regular Hoofer Sailing Club price due to a "Bessman" fund to encourage participation in sailing by those with physical disabilities.


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