Sail for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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Sail For the Blind and Visually Impaired (SVI)
Saturday, October 19, 2019
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Over 240 blind or visually impaired adults and their escorts will spend the day sailing with volunteers from WSA-OC and the American Legion Post 291 Family.

This terrific event started in 1990 when Bonnie Gibson and Bobbie Reed took 15 blind people sailing on a 40-foot sailboat.  Each year since then, they have taken more people out and enlisted more skippers to assist.  This year it is being organized by the American Legion Yacht Club (ALYC) and hosted by the American Legion Post 291, Newport Harbor.

Approximately 45 skippers and boats from the community are needed to participate in this worthwhile event.  Over 150 volunteers are needed to act as escorts, servers, crew, and more.

Volunteers are needed for the following positions:

  • Experienced sailors to act as crew
  • Escorts to organize, guide and lead guests
  • Food service personnel to facilitate guest breakfast and lunch
  • Registration desk volunteers

If you would like to be of assistance, please contact the ALYC at SVI@ALYC.com!

To view photo highlights from the 2015 event, Click Here.


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