hud - Yes they are set up with a joystick and single
sheeting with outhaul
for disabled sailors. They are unsinkable and non-capsizing. The biggest problem is no one can lift
the dagger boards
they are really heavy - LOL.
Our club is pretty active with disabled sailors. Our disabled sailors (Sailability Sailors) have been practicing for the olympics
and they are off to Qingdao (sp?) for September.
We hope to get this thing launched and functional so when they return we will actually see if it makes sense to compete in the same ladder.
We are actually doing what I would call "bracket" racing
. We will divide the sailors into boxes of 5. In a month you have to race
all 4 sailors in your bracket. If you win your bracket you go up a box. Last in bracket you go down a box. We are trying to see if this format makes sense. They are short races - if you have a little wind - and we should be able to knock a race out in 20-30 minutes.
As far as the kids go, we nag them to go sailing and they sort of hem and haw about it. When they saw the adults gearing up they were all over it. I reckon we do too much armcahir sailing on anyway so we oughta get this thing going.
Last Saturday it took about 2 hours to rig nine boats, go sail for 1 1/2 hours and derig 9 boats. Piece of cake.