Able Sail Toronto History


It all started in October 2018, when a group of us got together and talked about starting an Able Sail program for people with physical disabilities run by people with physical disabilities. By the end of December 2018, we registered the name Able Sail Toronto, developed the mission statement, created by-laws, formed a Board of Directors.

2019 Every asset of Able Sail Toronto has been obtained through hard work and fundraising.
  • 2 new Martin 16 sailboats at the beginning of the year, and the 3rd at the end of the year
  • 1 new safety boat
  • new specialized dock and ramp
  • 2 new davits
  • 2 new transfer lifts
  • 1 new assistive device "windlass" to multiply hand strength of participants 
  • 2 new assistive devices for supportive seating - "KAPE seat"
  • 1 new assistive device "transfer bench" for supporting self transfers 
  • 3 new slings and specialized cushions

Hand wave actuators on front door, door to docks, door to ladies and men's washrooms and to deck on the 2nd floor.

2020 COVID year
2021 COVID year 
  • Trillium grant providing us with a new trailer, slings, lifejackets 
  • CNCA compliance modifications
  • Dock reorganization from a floating square to an attached length
  • Charity status
  • Purchased a fourth Martin16
  • Purchased 2 more davits for the dock
  • Hosted Mobility Cup 2023

We continue to grow and expand to build inclusion and a strong community. We'd like to thank the following organizations and companies for their continued support:

Service CanadaBLR LLP Chartered Professional Accountants, Microsoft, KDM Enterprise - Dinghy Caddy, AccessAbilities, Room Utopia Interiors, LAR Condominium Refurbishment Specialists, Ontario SailingNational Yacht Club and the many individual donors that are the backbone of our community.

Thank you!