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Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts concluded a three-year pilot program with an official collaboration between Sail to Prevail and the University’s sailing team. Sail to Prevail is a not-for-profit organisation based in Rhode Island with the goal of using the sport of sailing to make positive change.
Sail to Prevail believes that disabled people can use what they learn with sailing in their daily lives. Skills like leadership and teamwork are acquired through learning how to sail. These skills are invaluable to people with disabilities to gain self-confidence and overcome adversity. It was also discovered that the program not only helps people with disabilities, but also able-bodied people.
The Men Behind the Program
Sail to Prevail CEO Paul Callahan is a Harvard graduate and veteran sailor who has revitalised the university and the community. Michael O’Connor is the Head Sailing Coach of Crimson. Michael feels that student-athletes should share their skills with others who don’t have the same opportunities. He also believes that his sailors would benefit from contributing to society in this way. Michael dedicates a percentage of his sailors’ practice time to working with Sail to Prevail specially trained instructors. The program he designed has given excellent results for sailors, and for the people with disabilities they work with.
About Sail to Prevail
Sail to Prevail was founded in 1982 and is based in Newport in Fort Adams State Park. Over 18,000 people with disabilities have been helped since its launch. The sailors and their students work together on a purpose-built Caltalina 20 on the Charles River at the Harvard Sailing Centre in Cambridge. Most of the sailing is done during autumn when they get together roughly twice a week, depending on the weather. In the summer months an affiliated program runs in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Through this heart-warming program disabled participants become part of a team, and Harvard sailors learn how to teach disabled people how to sail.