Monday, September 10, 2012

Canada's Largest Regatta for Sailors with Disabilities Coming to Nepean Sailing Club September 10-14, 2012
OTTAWA, September 6, 2012 - Nepean Sailing Club is gearing up to host the 2012 Mobility Cup. With 40 teams from across Canada and the United States, including five from the Ottawa-Gatineau region, the Mobility Cup is Canada's biggest regatta for sailors with physical challenges and disabilities. According to regatta Chair Peter Wood, "this is an extremely prestigious event for Ottawa to host, and it speaks to the desirability of the city and the club as host venues". 
The regatta will take place over five days, from September 10 - 14, and will feature competition in two fleets: Gold and Silver. The Gold fleet is for those who sail independently, and the Silver fleet is for those who require a companion in the boat. Teams and individuals will race in Martin 16’s, an all-Canadian design by noted Vancouver yacht designer Don Martin.
Racing will take place every day from 10:30 onwards, with the Gold and Silver fleets alternating morning and afternoon starts. The event will culminate with an awards ceremony on Friday, August 14th. The public are invited to watch from the breakwater, as the races will be held close to Britannia Bay.
About the Mobility Cup
The Mobility Cup was the brainchild of Sam Sullivan, quadriplegic former mayor of Vancouver. During Expo 86, then British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, donated a Sunbird sailboat to Rick Hansen, to honour his ‘Man in Motion World Tour.’ In 1988, Mr. Hansen presented the boat to Sam Sullivan, who subsequently used it to found the Disabled Sailing Association of BC. The first Mobility Cup was held in Vancouver in 1991, and the event returned to that city in 2010, hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. The 2011 regatta was held in Hamilton, Ontario.
The Mobility Cup is recognized as Canada's international regatta for sailors with disabilities. Through the use of innovative technology, Canada has become a leader in making sailing accessible to people living with severe disabilities. The Nepean Sailing Club is considered a centre of excellence in Ontario for disabled sailing, and Ontario Sailing has designated the club as the Ontario provincial training centre for Paralympic sailing. Of note, Mobility Cup has become a key milestone on the Paralympic training circuit; 4 of the 6 sailors who currently competing in the Paralympics (Paul Tingley,  Bruce Millar, Scott Lutes and John McRoberts) have competed in past Mobility Cup regattas.
Community help.
The regatta is the result of hundreds of hours of work put in by volunteers at the Nepean Sailing Club. In addition, significant support from the business community and from individual donors has made this regatta possible. Primary supporters include: CN (transportation sponsor); CGI Inc; TD Bank; Nautical White; The Chandlery; Ontario Sailing; UK Halsey Sailmakers and Ontario Medical Supply. 
About the Nepean Sailing Club
Located in Dick Bell Park in Ottawa’s west end, the Nepean Sailing Club is one of Canada’s largest sailing clubs, with over 1500 members. It is a family-oriented, volunteer based organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging active participation by members and the general public in the sport of sailing and recreational boating. The Club was started in 1979 by a group of sail enthusiasts from local communities and the City of Nepean. A great deal of what one sees is due to volunteerism and a love of boating. 
Located in an award-winning pavilion, NSC features a licensed Club room and lounge overlooking the harbour, with stunning views of the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills.
In the Media
For more information:                      
Wendy Zatylny
Director, Public Relations, Nepean Sailing Club
Chair, PR Committee, Mobility Cup 2012