Bob Ewing took position and in his wheelchair, he rolls up to his sailboat with the nonchalance of a seasoned sailor.
The wheelchair that he used for everything, he parked it alongside the boat of 22-foot long, anchors it to the dock, after then lifts his legs, which are paralyzed over the gunwale of boat gunwale and by taking the help of a volunteer, slowly slides his lanky frame of the wheelchair and accommodated themselves into the cockpit.
As Ewing settles in at the rudder, he turns to his companion of sailing on the dock, asking them to remove their wheelchairs, crutches and slide aboard.
It was all faster than one can sing a sea shanty; Ewing was in the boat and started his two-hour sail in the Washington Lake. Read More
For the laser category sailors it was a busy weekend at the Great Lakes Sailing Club state championship that was held recently.
Hosted by the sailing club on Wallis Lakes, it brought in several local and professional sailors who train and are experienced in sailing laser category vessels. This event had other attractions as well, such as a golf tournament that kick started the event. This was held at the Tuncurry Golf Course. It also helped prepare the sailors for the weekend of races. About 150 sailors were part of the One Design Olympic class of sailing. However the weather conditions were not very congenial that added challenges for the sailors on the waters. They had to brave north easterly winds on Saturday. The weather grew milder and more favorable for sailing on Sunday. The club organizers were pleased to host the Laser event that saw several master sailors and crew return to be part of the event for the second time.
The association chairman also felt that the varying conditions helped to put up a competitive scene overall for the competitors. It resulted in close racing across the three divisions in which the competitions were held. Many local sailors were part of the event and the club members were pleased that they obtained this opportunity and sail under varying conditions as well as face competitors from other regions. Read More