Exploring the tranquil beauty of Minnesota’s myriad water bodies isn’t just a pastime reserved for those who can see. Blind Sailing is a testament to the indomitable spirit and love for inclusivity that thrives in the heart of “the land of 10,000 lakes.” In a detailed episode of Blind Abilities, we dive into the world of Katy Boyd, a pioneer for inclusivity on the waves, and the ingenious mind behind the inception of Twin Cities Blind Sailing.
Katy Boyd’s journey with blind sailing didn’t begin in the Twin Cities. With a wealth of experience garnered over years, she saw the potential in Minnesota—a state replete with lakes to create a haven for blind sailors. By laying the keel of Twin Cities Blind Sailing, she didn’t merely start an organization; she crafted an opportunity. An opportunity for those without sight to touch the water’s ripples, to harness the wind, and to carve out strokes of independence on a canvas as vast and embracing as the lakes themselves.
The inaugural year was more than a mere success—it was a proclamation that sailing is an endeavor of skill and tactile sensation, not just a visual pursuit. For the visually impaired, it’s a fresh breeze of self-reliance, letting them steer their course, feel the boat’s response to their commands, and interact with a crew in a dance of precision and trust.
And now, as the organization sails into its second year, the sails are set even higher. Katy and her team are focusing on expanding their program, reaching out to more participants, and building an even stronger community. With every knot tied and every sail hoisted, participants gain not only enjoyment of a thrilling sport but also invaluable lessons of confidence that ripple into all aspects of life.
So, when you think of sailing, picture a diverse group taking the helm, navigating through the splashes and the calms of Minnesota’s lakes. Twin Cities Blind Sailing is more than an organization; it’s a vessel of empowerment, charting a course where every wave and wind is an opportunity for growth, learning, and exhilaration.
You will have access to the downloadable document:
VIP User Guide to Basic Sailing Terms, Basic Sailing Skills, with Incorporated Lesson Plan.
Sighted Guide training will be May 18th – 19th 2024. If interested, please contact us.
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2024 Membership Form is available under the Membership tab. This needs to be filled out before your first sail..
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