'You probably won't see it anywhere else. Two quadriplegics racing in a two-person sailboat against others with and without disabilities, or a total blind female skipper, new to the sport of sailing, teamed up with an able-bodied sailor, winning their division in a regatta like the NOOD,' said Urban MIYARES, co-founder of the San Diego-based 'Challenged America' recreational rehabilitation program. 'This is what sailing is meant to be like, sailors from around the country, some having disabilities, enjoying a great weekend on the water of competition and friendship.'
'Challenged America' Sail Team member Linda WOODBURY, with able-bodied crew Steve ALVEY of Calgary, Canada, were the overall winners. Woodbury, who is the City of San Diego Coordinator of Disability Services, is total blind and learned how to sail at 'Challenged America' within the last year. Linda is also a backup crew member of the 2005 'Challenged America' Transpac Team.