Overview: The Impossible Dream is a universally accessible 60’ sailing catamaran. She was created by Mike Browne, a paraplegic who had a dream of creating a vessel that could sail the oceans and is fully operational by a person in a wheelchair. She was designed by Nick Baily and built by Multi-Marine.
Mike Browne realized his dream with the construction of Impossible Dream and setting sail on voyages that traversed the Atlantic and the waters of the Mediterranean. Geoff Holtz utilized Impossible Dream to be the first quadriplegic to sail across the Atlantic with only his personal care assistant.
After 10 years of Sailing, Mike was looking for an organization to take on the responsibility of continuing the mission of the Impossible Dream.
Deborah Mellen, an accomplished businesswoman, paraplegic, and sailing volunteer at Shake A Leg Miami, saw a match. She said it was her time to give back and funded the acquisition. She believes Impossible Dream’s unique purposeful design will inspire new innovation and shows that beauty and functionality can coexist.
With Impossible Dream based at Shake a Leg Miami, one of the most accessible community boating centers in the world. From this base the Impossible Dream has and will continue to introduce people with disabilities, their families and others to the joy of sailing and provide inspiration and programs to assist people with disabilities to improve their quality of life.
The Purpose and Mission: To utilize Impossible Dream, a universally accessible 60’ Catamaran, to engage the global community and inspire people with disabilities, wounded soldiers, disadvantaged youth, and their families to improve their independence and quality of life.
The Vision: Sail along the east coast of the U.S. in search of people and programs that are using the water to improve quality of life. Use Impossible Dream’s uniqueness to inspire new innovation and to increase accessibility. Form alliances and build a coalition that will utilize the Impossible Dream and the Shake A Leg Miami Sea Base to gather and advance new possibilities for people with disabilities, families of the disabled, and professionals who are in the field.
Strategy: To generate significant exposure and secure sponsors/partners to finance the Impossible Dream campaign, as well as funds to support the ongoing operation of the Shake A Leg Miami Sea Base. The plan will ensure that the maximum amount of exposure for sponsors and partners is achieved. We have and will continue to introduce VIP’s Paralympic athletes and journalists to join us on various legs of the trip. We have established alliances with organizations, foundations, corporations, and individuals who share mutual missions and look forward to meeting and working with other. We are establishing a global network that will make the water more accessible to people with special needs and their families.
Sponsors/Partners: Perry & Neblett, P.A.; Vizergy; Thunderbolt Marine Center, Savannah, GA; Lauderdale Marine Center; West Marine; Charles Industries; Sailing Services; North Sails; Interlux; Casey’s Marinas Newport; Bacardi USA; Nordic Marine; the Fiberglass Shop; Shakespeare; Gemeco Marine Associates; Rybovich Marine Center, West Palm Beach; National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA); Christopher Reeve Foundation; BIGVISION; New York City Mayor’s Office on Disability; National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA); Island Global Yachting; Woody Foundation; GOST Tracker; Spaulding Rehabilitation; The Greene Turtle Floating Bed and Breakfast; Charlestown Marina.