Ken Kelly

Home Town: Victoria, BC
Home Club: Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Class: SKUD-18


Not long after being confined to a wheelchair as the result of a spinal cord injury, Ken returned to his native Saskatchewan in the early 1980s, and began recreational lake sailing on a newly purchased CL16. An immediate love of the sport led him to continue sailing after moving to British Columbia in 1991.

Once settled in Victoria, Ken joined the Disabled Sailing Association and began racing. As luck would have it, he met a couple of great sailors in 1995, who needed a fairly mobile guy to pull strings. As a result of an intense training program with this team, they qualified for the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta, winning a Silver Medal (& just missing the Gold).

In the years following that experience, his love of racing continued to burn. He has moved from Jib Trimmer to Tactician to Helmsman, sailing with a variety of crew. He has raced extensively, in many local regattas on Vancouver Island and has sailed all over North America, in England (99 British Championships), in Spain (99 Worlds), France (2002 World Sailing Games), Holland (2002 Worlds), Greece (2003 Worlds), Germany (Keil Week), Denmark (2005 Worlds) and Australia (2006 Worlds).

Racing sailboats is an extremely important part of Ken’s life that brings great enjoyment and fulfillment.