BENEFITING: BLIND ENDEAVORS FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Mar 04, 2016
This February/March we're going to be attempting some blind sailing. One of the goals is to show what can be accomplished with the right team, techniques and technology.
Why is this important?
Sailing is something that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. While there are many organizations that provide sailing opportunities to those that are visually impaired, the boat we are exploring offers some other unique opportunities (it not only sails but can be paddled or driven by foot). The project is going to be documented with video, photos and blog posts so to inspire and educate others via our website and social media.
We are looking to explore the techniques required for someone that is completely blind to successfully navigate a boats on their own. These particular boats also have a foot pedal drive system that can be useful for those with other disabilities such as an arm amputee. There is a bit of research going into this endeavor as well as awareness.
- Steve Baskis
- Victor Henderson
- Lonnie Bedwell
- Michael Wells
- George Fossett
What we'll be using:
We'll be sailing in Hobie Tandem Islands. Each boat will consist of a sighted Captain and a blind crew member.
There is also a variety of accessible equipment and apps that we'll be experimenting with.
Where are the funds going?
Funds that are raised will be used to purchase a Hobie Mirage Tandem Island for the Blind Endeavors Foundation. The boat will be used for this project as well as future projects and programs.
The approximate cost of the outfitted Hobie Tandem Island is $6500. Any funds beyond $6500 will go to our 50 Schools / 50 States campaign.
- For any donation we'll give you priority access to photos and video that we'll be posting online.
- Donations of $100 or more will get a signed team picture.
We will also be giving a presentation at the Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind while we're in the area.
Thanks for your support!!