Disabled kids aboard Sail To Prevail boat
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About Us / Overview

MISSION STATEMENT:  Sail To Prevail creates opportunities for disabled children and adults to overcome adversity through therapeutic sailing.

HISTORY:   Sail To Prevail is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1982 that has helped more than 18,000 individuals with disabilities. Originally called Shake-A-Leg Newport, we rebranded the name to Sail To Prevail in 2010, but the mission remains unchanged. view more

PROGRAMS:  Each year, Sail To Prevail teaches approximately 1,000 people with disabilities the skills of sailing in our fleet of five specially adapted “Independence 20” sailboats. Our programs strongly encourage disabled individuals to be active participants, steering the boat as well as opportunities to grind winches and trim sails. First-time and experienced sailors are welcome at Sail To Prevail. Our program is available to all people with disabilities and is designed to meet specific needs.

Disabled Sailing

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OUTCOMES STUDY:  The measurable outcomes demonstrate an increase in self-confidence, leadership abilities and teamwork skills for the majority of our participants.

OFFICERS, STAFF & INSTRUCTORS:  Sail To Prevail is governed by a Board of Directors. There are nine members of the Board, each of whom is elected to serve two-year terms. Chief Executive Officer, Paul Callahan, (LETTER FROM THE CEO) also serves as the Board Secretary. Sail To Prevail has two full-time and three part-time staff who are employed throughout the year. During the summer months when the programs are in operation, the Sail To Prevail staff will grow with the addition of up to 12 seasonal employees (Sailing Instructors, Waterfront Coordinator, Camp Counselors and Nurse, etc.). Additionally, we are grateful for the many volunteers who are personally involved in helping to organize fund raising events each spring and contribute a significant amount of their personal time in program activities.

Paralympic Sport Club

U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, has given Sail To Prevail the title of being a Paralympic Sport Club. Sail To Prevail is recognized as a community-based sports club developed to involve youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity, regardless of skill level.


NEWPORT:   Sail To Prevail programs are operated during the summer months at Fort Adams State Park in scenic Newport, Rhode Island. Participants come from towns throughout Rhode Island, as well as all around New England, and some even travel from other parts of the country to enjoy sailing with us on beautiful Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.

NANTUCKET:   We also have a Nantucket program, which operates daily in the month of July out of the Nantucket Boat Basin.

From time to time, Sail To Prevail hosts special regattas and sailing clinics in other states.

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