For over 60 years, Community Boating has served as the public sailing playground in Boston, offering “sailing for all” in our Junior as well as Adult Programs. In 2007, we were very fortunate to work with the DCR Universal Access Program, the EOEA’s (Executive Office of Environmental Affairs) Office of Public Private Partnerships and Genzyme Corporation to expand on our mission by providing sailing for individuals with special needs or those who may need special attention or assistance, to create the Universal Access Program at CBI.
In the Universal Access Program, persons with disabilities and their guests will have the use of specialized, accessible sailboats and transfer equipment, dedicated staff assistance to get in and out of the boats, and sailing instruction, all for an affordable membership fee. Reserved sessions, usually an hour in length, can be customized to meet individual needs. They can consist of a short sailboat ride for therapeutic recreation or a more learn-to-sail class structure, leading to ratings and expanded sailing privileges.