Able Sail Toronto in the Media


10/07/2023 - Jessie Forbes, editorial and production assistant at BCS Group - Unsinkable: A sailing program that teaches you the ropes

If you’re looking to get outside and try a new sport, you might want to take a closer look at sailing—an activity that’s recognized for developing self-sufficiency, self-confidence and social connections.

640 Toronto: Toronto Weekends with Maggie John 09/02/2023
The Mobility Cup: "The Regatta of Possibility"

Today on the show Maggie is joined by Karen-Ann Xavier, Regatta Chair and the Principal Administrator of Able Sail Toronto.

They chat about The Mobility Cup, a regatta for people with physical and neurological disabilities, in which they can actively participate in the delightful past time of sailing!

CBC News - Patrick Swadden: Sailors with disabilities compete in Canada's 2023 Mobility Cup. 08/29/2023

Competitors use Martin-16 vessels, which feature an adapted joystick tiller to help them steer, and electronic buttons that multiply hand strength for better control of the sails. Organizers say the Mobility Cup is called the "regatta of possibility,” which challenges various barriers in the spirit of friendly competition.

CBC News - Patrick Swadden: 'It's freeing': Sailors with disabilities come from across Canada to compete in 2023 Mobility Cup.
Sailors from across Canada have come to Toronto for the Mobility Cup, a regatta for people with physical and neurological disabilities. Adaptive boats allow people with ALS, Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord injuries and other disabilities to compete.
Linda Clarke, right, was diagnosed with ALS 12 years ago, but has continued sailing through the use of adapted boats. (Laura Pedersen/CBC) READ MORE>>
CityNews - David Zura: Mobility Cup sails into Toronto waters.
The international regatta will be underway through most of the week hosting competitors from across Canada and the United States. David Zura explains. 08/27/2023

David Zura,  CityNews - Charity hosts accessible sailing in Toronto waters

Aired CityNews Sunday June 11, 2023 6pm and 11pm newscasts

"It's an authentic freedom I don't experience anywhere else," one participant, Tracy Schmitt, known as "Unstoppable Tracy," says.

Able Sail Toronto has kicked off its 2023 season. The organization helps persons with disabilities sail independently.

David Zura,  CityNews - David Zura,  CityNews - Accessible life jackets designed and made in Ontario

July 13, 2023

A Toronto group has created accessible life jackets with the help of a Trillium grant and a Waterloo manufacturing company. David Zura explains.

CBC Our Toronto: Come Sail Away

Saturday August 31, Sunday September 1st and Monday September 2nd, 2019 in 1pm,  6pm and 11pm newscasts

It’s been a thrilling sailing season for a unique group of sailors at the National Yacht Club. They are part of "Able Sail Toronto," a program launched this year that aims to give those with physical disabilities the chance to experience the joy and freedom of sailing on their own.

Have a disability that has kept you from learning to sail? Able Sail Toronto has you covered.

Monday August 26, 2019, 6:45am

Jacqueline Czernecki was interviewed on the Morning Show /Global News Radio, 640 Toronto by hosts hosts Mike Stafford and Tina Trigiani

How this sailing program is changing the lives of people with disabilities

Friday August 23, 2019

Able Sail Toronto was featured on CBC radio, airings 6:30am, 7:30am and 8:30am.

CBC News online article: 

Able Sail Toronto helps people with disabilities get on the water

Friday August 23, 2019, 4pm

Able Sail Toronto was featured on CBC Here and Now Toronto with Gill Deacon.