Officials from the Monte Real Yacht Club of Bayonne (MRCYB) and Fundación Repsol presented the new boats of the Adapted Sailing School on Monday, an initiative whose main objective is to bring this sport closer to people with disabilities to promote their social integration.
They are accessible boats that allow people with disabilities to enjoy the sea and the sport of sailing under equal conditions. They have been designed by the naval architect from Ferrol, Javier González Cela, and acquired thanks to the collaboration of Fundación Repsol.
They are stable, safe and easy-to-handle boats, of the GOS 16 model. They are 5 meters long and one meter wide. The crew go on ergonomic seats from which they have full access to fully control the boat. This allows them both to walk and learn, as well as to compete.
The MRCYB Sailing School
The Adapted Sailing School of the Monte Real Yacht Club of Bayonne was born in 2012 with the aim of bringing people with disabilities closer to the world of sailing, a sport with countless benefits, both physical, mental and sensory.
Since its launch, several associations of people with disabilities in the region have carried out activities in the club. They are the Encaixamos del Val Miñor Association, the students of the Juan María de Nigrán Center and the Avelaíña de Gondomar group.
Currently, the Monte Real Yacht Club of Bayonne organizes outings to the sea with people with disabilities every 15 days, and seeks new support to increase the number of participants and activities in the future.