Sap Sailing Access Program Help Disabled People To Sail In Water

All alone in a boat, she is blind, she is missing a leg and she is in need of returning to the shore. It is a condition in which Kylie Forth who is the sailor from Perth has been several times in the last 12 years, she yet remains fearless.

Forth is a courageous sailor. When she was at the age of three, she suffered from cancer, which took her eyes. At the time she reached nine, she lost her right leg. But, all these disabilities couldn’t resist her determination to become a sailor. And, so at the age of 32, she becomes the top sailor. In the year 2015, she won the Blind Match Racing World Championships (BMRWC) that took place in the US.

When asked about her disability, she happily said, disability is not a barrier for not able to sail a boat. She said “Even if you don’t have arms, your legs are not with you and you have become too old or too young once you are in the water, your boat is just another boat to take part in the race.

In the year 2006, Forth started learning how to sail, she Royal Perth Yacht Club (RPYC) Sailability program. At first the disability she had challenged her teachers. She said “It was not easy to learn how to sail when you are unable to see anything. Thus, to teach me, my teachers sometimes use to close their eyes to experience what challenges I would face and then accordingly teaches me.”

There are many people who could see and sail tried how a blind could sail and pass that information to me. This helped me a lot. I started using my other senses mater this skill. “The water sloshing is audible to you that work as a speedo; if there is a rise in gurgling it means you are sailing faster and when it is quiet you are sailing slower.