The Great Equalizer

Sailing has proven to be an increasingly accessible sport for the physically challenged. From our April 1991 issue.

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As boats and equipment have improved, distinctions have receded; out on the water, the disabled and the able-bodied are all simply sailors.

"Sailing has not cured anyone of anything (with the exception of a hangover), but the sport is well-suited to those with a wide range of disabilities," notes Sheila McCurdy in the April 1991 issue of Sailing World. "The mechanical advantages of boats let the physically challenged, who cope with spinal injuries, neuromuscular diseases, congenital defects, or amputation, concentrate on what they can do rather than on what they cannot do." Read on below.