Nantucket Program participants on dock

Nantucket Program:

There is NO CHARGE for this program!

2016 Schedule: June 27 - August 5

2009: Sail To Prevail began with short-term, therapeutic sailing clinics for the disabled children of Nantucket, aboard our 66-foot, 12-Metre America’s Cup boat, Easterner.

2011: Sail To Prevail expanded to twice-a-day sails with a new, fully accessible INDEPENDENCE 20' sailboat and a US Sailing certified instructor.

2012: Increased collaboration with the STARS program and Autism Speaks nearly doubled the number of disabled children who came to sail.

2015: Sail To Prevail completed its 7th year, located at Slip 1411 in the Nantucket Boat Basin, which has been generously providing dockage for convenient access. Sailing up to three times a day, 44 sails provided sailing experiences on Nantucket Harbor for 100 people.

“To date, Sail To Prevail has not needed to charge a fee for this unique experience for disabled children, due to the generosity of the Island's summer and year-round residents.”

Nantucket Program:  Sail To Prevail first started serving individuals with disabilities on Nantucket in 2009. The Nantucket program currently offers an Independence 20’ sailboat, dedicated to serving people with disabilities on the Island. First-time as well as experienced sailors are equally welcome. We are trained to accommodate all disabilities, including physical and intellectual disabilities, as well as sailing specifically for autistic individuals, and those going through physical or emotional therapy. Sail To Prevail was established in Newport, RI, in 1982, and has served more than 17,000 people over three decades. See our brochure (PDF).

Get in the Driver's Seat: The Independence 20’ was custom designed so that even the most disabled sailor can handle the boat. It contains two swiveling seats with safety harnesses for those who need a little extra support to sit up. Seats are designed to give participants access to steering the boat and trimming the sails. Families, friends and medical professionals are strongly encouraged to join, as our boats can accommodate up to five participants and one instructor. While learning how to sail is fun and enjoyable, most participants also experience increased self-confidence in all parts of their daily lives, the camaraderie of teamwork, and improved leadership skills.

Safety:  All sailors are required to wear a Personal Flotation Device, which we provide. The Independence sailboat is designed to heel (tip) as little as possible. Safety is always our first concern. Instructors are trained specifically to handle individuals with disabilities and are U.S. Sailing Level 1 Certified.

Sailing Instructor:

Michael Dinan

I live in New York City and attend the Horace Mann School. Following this season of Sail To Prevail, I will be starting college at the University of Pennsylvania. I’ve been sailing in Nantucket since I was 10, and have taught sailing with Sail To Prevail in Nantucket for the past three summers. I’m excited to be back, and look forward to sailing with so many great kids. Working with many of the same kids week after week, summer after summer, is my favorite part of the program. I enjoy building relationships and helping young sailors increase their confidence and skill on the boat.


Sail To Prevail group on dock in NantucketLocation & Registration:  Our sailboat is located at the Nantucket Boat Basin on Swains Wharf, Slip 1410.

Registration:  To register, please phone our office, 401-849-8898, Ext. 2, and you will need to sign a "Registration/Waiver” form which can be found on our website or obtained from the Sailing Instructor the first time you sail.

Cost & Support:  There is no charge for our Nantucket Program. This is made possible by the generous support of our donors. Please visit our Support page or call our office to make a donation. Sail To Prevail is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Our Nantucket Friends:  If you or your family members are not “special needs” and you are seeking a community sailing program, please visit Nantucket Community Sailing, an extraordinary program which we whole-heartedly endorse and recommend.

Sail To Prevail is grateful for the support from the following organizations:

Nantucket Boat Basin
Grey Lady Marine
Nantucket S.T.A.R.
The Beachside
Glyn's Marine
Autism Speaks
Great Harbor Yacht Club
Cape Air
Brandt Point Marine

Sail To Prevail boat at dock in NantucketSail To Prevail happy sailorsSail To Prevail young sailor at the helm