Sail Away with the Queen’s Quay Disabled Sailing Association of Toronto

Today I took my first sailing lesson. But before I headed off there, I had to make sure I brought all the correct clothes. A change of clothing was key, in case I got splashed, but otherwise, I wore what I would wear to rock climbing or yoga.

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I set off to Queen’s Quay Marina and where¬†Rachel Kozicz taught me about the wind, the jib (small sail), main sail (big sail) and tacking (the sail is not quite catching the wind) on the white board. She then said, everyone learns better on the sailboat. Off we go.. I get on the sailboat and already, Rachel is directing me to start steering. It is a joy stick where right goes right, left goes left, and centre is straight. Ok, sounds easy enough… What got challenging to me was when to open up the sails, and when to pull them back in. Otherwise, I think I picked up how to catch the wind quickly. My own rule of thumb of staying straight was, if the wind catches the sails, steer straight or in the opposite direction.

Once I started getting the hang of it, it was exhilarating, and tranquil. It helped Rachel was behind me and chiming in when I needed help, and I could ask her questions.

Once I started getting the hang of it, it was exhilarating, and tranquil. It helped Rachel was behind me and chiming in when I needed help, and I could ask her questions.

This sailing class is to eventually help me volunteer for the disabled. And it was so lovely to meet the people who want to help. All in all, this first class was so excellent, as well as awe-inspiring to see the disabled sail! I can’t wait til the next class!

To get more information to be a volunteer, click on the link below:

Queen Quay Disabled Sailing Association of Toronto

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This post is not sponsored, nor was I compensated. All opinions are my own.

 

Ace is a freelance graphic designer who was born in Toronto, grew up in Hong Kong, and lived in Ottawa and Vancouver. She is attracted and addicted to adventures like rock climbing, scuba-diving and anything culturally and visually interesting. Ace is still looking for the perfect cup of coffee in the city to satiate her.

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