On Thursday May 25th, the Impossible Dream set sail from Shake A Leg Miami, on a 6,000 mile journey of hope, discovery and engagement. The Impossible Dream stopped in Annapolis with dockage provided by CRAB and we hosted a sun set sail for Chesapeake Regional Adaptive Boating (CRAB) members. We then sailed to Baltimore with Josh Basile and his group from Determined 2 Heal. On Sunday, Kennedy Krieger sponsored a group to go sailing from the Baltimore Downtown sailing center.
Next stop was New York City on June 8th and 9th. Victor Calise, Commissioner of the NYC Mayors Office for People with disabilities, hosted our stay with dockage provided by One 15 Brooklyn Marina. A Sunset sail including Victor, Yuval Wagner, Chairman of Access Israel, musicians 4 Wheel City and John Hockenberry who both performed songs on board.
The Impossible Dreamed arrived in Boston at the Charlestown Marina on Monday June 12th to join Sail Boston Tall ships Rendez-Vous (RDV) 2017 Tall Ship Regatta in Boston on June 15-22.
Ready for the Sail Boston 2017 Tall Ship Parade, the fog begins to lift the Big Girls appear!
The Boston Visit was an amazing experience for all involved. Spaulding Rehab sponsored the Boston visit. Working together, we took out 160 people sailing. We produced lots of smiles and some good press. Photo above shows a group of Spaulding Residents with David Storto, Spaulding CEO (standing with tie next to Woody Morgan in Wheelchair)
Quebec City, Canada was the Impossible Dream’s next stop joining a fleet of 40 Tall Ships and historic vessels in celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary. The majestic Tall Ships lined the perimeter of the historic Quebec City waterfront, providing ideal viewing for the thousands of visitors who walked the docks and boarded the boats.
The Impossible Dream was docked at the “Handicapped” docking space alongside the Lord Nelson, a Tall Ship that was constructed to be wheelchair accessible. The modern sleek design and the traditional Tall Ship design, demonstrated that with the proper design, technology and team, boats can be made accessible to all.
The Impossible Dream departed with the Tall Ships on June 22nd and sailed up the St Laurence heading to Halifax.
They hit some heavy weather, tore the main sail and fortunately their Volvo Penta engines delivered them to Halifax. They arrived a day late but just in time to join the crew parade and be presented with the “Most Inspiring Boat Award” of the RDV 2017 Tall Ship Celebration of Canada’s 150-year Independence Annivsary.
Paul Tingley, a longtime friend and Paralympic sailing champion was the host for the visit. He worked with his organization, Sail Able and the Halifax RDV 2017 Tall Ship Host committee, and they hosted a reception, sponsored by Bacardi, and a sailing outing.
The rough trip from Quebec City to Halifax caused sail damage and damage to the bow netting fixtures. Sandy MacMillian of North Sails Halifax was able to coordinate the repair of the main sail and introduce Garnet Wentzell at ICON marine, who were able to quickly make the repairs so the Impossible Dream could get on its way.
On the evening of August 2, 2017 the Impossible Dream departs and heads to Maine to visit with Bill Beckham, a founding funder of the Impossible Dream, through the Woody Foundation. They hosted a reception aboard the Impossible Dream for guests from the Kennebunkport area.
From Kennebunkport, it’s back to Boston to the Charlestown Marina and Spaulding Rehab.
Ann Lagasse, Charlestown Marina Owner and sponsor of the Impossible Dream dockage in Boston with Chris, dockmaster of the marina. The Impossible Dream is in the background
Overall, the Impossible Dream will visit close to 25 ports of call, introduce hundreds of people to sailing and reach thousands more through social media sources, before returning home to Miami.
Each community we visit, we will work with area organizations to get people sailing, meet people who are doing innovative work to improve quality of life and explore how we can work together, and create a national network of organizations who are using the water to improve the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities, their families and care givers. During the stop overs, musicians are being invited for a sail and to bring their instrument and perform.
The partner sponsors who are support the tour include: Bacardi, Woody Foundation, Spaulding Rehab, Charlestown Marina, Royal Caribbean Cruises International, NMMA, Volvo Penta, Galyma, Garmin, City of Miami, Lauderdale Marine Center, NMEA, Sushi Maki, Little Gables Group, Darma Yoga Studio, Florida Boat & Yacht Surveyors, CRAB, Rise Up Gallery, NYC Mayor’s Office On Disability, Kessler Rehab, Determined 2 Heal. WE salute the RDV 2017 Tall Ship Regatta Organizing Committee for including the Impossible Dream and doing an incredible job!
The Impossible Dream is a nonprofit 501 c 3 organization with a mission to utilize Impossible Dream Catamaran to engage the global community to demonstrate how design and technology can make life more accessible and to encourage people with disabilities, wounded soldiers, disadvantaged youth, and their families to improve their independence and quality of life.
Impossible Dream operates in partnership and is based at Shake A Leg Miami, a non-profit organization which converted a historic U.S. Coast Guard Seaplane Base into a community watersports Center in partnership with the City of Miami and have been serving the public for the past 25 years. Shake A Leg Miami’s mission is to use the marine environment to improve the health, education and independence of people with physical, developmental, and economic challenges.
Links to media article from participation in Sail Boston Tall Ship event.
NBC Nightly News Segment – Impossible Dream http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/-impossible-dream-catamaran-gives-those-with-disabilities-a-chance-to-sail-973148227872
News story from Northeastern Huskies Organization http://www.gonu.com/news/2017/6/19/mens-basketball-sailing-on-the-im-possible-dream.aspx
NBC Boston Local News Story https://latakoo.com/-/view/2185116/d48949d754afb605fe707b946539320f
Links to previous media stories related to the Impossible Dream
The First Boat Article: President Bush Back on a Boat
Cruising World Article: http://www.cruisingworld.com/impossible-dream-racing-to-cuba