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23 March 2005, 02:23 pm
Surprises and Excitement For Martin 16's at San Diego NOOD
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Disabled Sailing
San Diego, USA

The San Diego NOOD (National Offshore One Design) Regatta, Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20, 2005, held some surprises and excitement for the Martin 16 one-design fleet of sailors.
This two-person, sixteen foot, high-performance sailboat, originally designed to universally accommodate both sailors with and without disabilities in racing, met the challenge at the San Diego NOOD. Sailors with quadriplegia, paraplegia, total blindness, amputation, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, stroke and cancer survivors, and those without disabilities, coming from the San Diego-based 'Challenged America' program, Northern California, Seattle, Washington, and Calgary, Canada, teamed up to race at the NOOD Regatta on San Diego bay. The sailor enjoyed two fantastic days of Southern California springtime sailing weather with 10 to 12 knots of wind on Saturday from the south, gusting to 15 with each passing cold front, and westerly at 12 to 15 knots on Sunday, under mostly sunny skies.

'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.

Urban Miyares (As Amended by ISAF), Image: Two Quads Get NOOD © Kevin Wixom/Challenged America
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