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Adaptive Sailing

Sailing is an ideal sport for people with physical and visual disabilities because it is more of a mental sport with physical interactions than a purely physical sport. Adaptation equipment compensates for physical disabilities to allow sailors to participate on an equal basis with able-bodied people. Generally, the disabled population wants to interact with the able-bodied population and sailing is a perfect sport for this. Boats don't know if a leg is missing or if the driver or crew suffers any other physical impairment. Sailors with disabilities can learn the skills to cruise around the bay with friends or compete on an international level.  In short, sailing is one of the few sports in the world where people with disabilities can win open events against able-bodied competitors.  Sailing also develops societal skills such as leadership, teamwork and self-reliance.  Racing sailboats requires knowledge of the elements, and one has to be able to read what they can't see, namely the wind. Strategy, tactics and racing rules are other important components needed to master the sport.

Extreme Adaptive Sailing

Why limit anyone with a disability to racing only with other sailors who are disabled, as is the case with Paralympic Adaptive Sailing? Instead, why not offer the opportunity for those with physical disabilities to steer a 17-foot dinghy with main, jib and gennaker, blasting across the waves on a full plane in a strong breeze?  The crew could be adaptive sailors, or just anybody–disabled or not. It doesn’t matter. The main objective is to make it possible for an adaptive sailor to steer the boat. Additionally, we take safety to a new level with our well-experienced coaching staff and state-of-the-art equipment.


The Fun Begins

Part of the challenge and fun with disabled sailing is the research and development used to customize each boat with adaptive equipment to suit the specific needs of the sailor. The Sonar, in particular, accommodates a variety of disabilities ranging from amputees to quadriplegics. Due to the cost of the lightweight, yet strong materials needed to create the unique adaptive pieces for the boats, we are always looking for additional financial contributions.  Click on the images to learn more about the development of adaptive sailing equipment and how it is used at Team Paradise!

Our Boats

 sailing, sonar, sailboat, adapted, miami, fl


Designed in 1979 by Bruce Kirby. The Sonar was selected as Paralympic equipment and raced in the Games in 2004-2016

L.O.A. 23'-0" - 7.0 m
L.W.L. 19'-11" - 6.1 m
Beam 7'-10" - 2.4 m
Draft 3'-11" - 1.2 m
Disp. 2100 Lbs - 950 Kg
Ballast 900 Lbs - 408 Kg
Main & Jib 250 sq.ft. - 23.2 sq.m
Spinnaker 245 sq.ft - 22.8 sq.m

RS Venture

Designed by Phil Morrison/RS Sailing. The new benchmark in large cruising and training dinghies – the RS Venture is capable of safely carrying up to eight sailors in its spacious, self-draining cockpit. Sparkling performance makes it fun and multiple specification options allow the boat to be tailored for you.

L.O.A. 16'-4" - 4.9 m
Beam 6'-8" - 2 m
Draft 3-9" - 1.1 m
Air Draft (Mast above water) 23'-0" - 7.0 m
Centerboard ballast 132 Lbs - 60 Kg
Hull weight 436 Lbs - 198 Kg
Jib 41 sq.ft. - 3.8 sq.m
Main 118 sq.ft - 11 sq.m
Gennaker 150 sq.ft - 14 sq.m
rs venture, sailing, sailboat, adapted, miami, fl