BRINGING SAILING BACK TO THE PARA-OLYMPICS
His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was often described as a modern-day renaissance man by those who knew him well. He counted diplomat, linguist, translator, musician, artist and photographer among his
dizzying array of talents.
Evidence of this is not only found in the myriad press clippings and novels that documented his life, but also the legions of modern-day Thais who follow his example—snapping photos, playing jazz and building on social initiatives in his name.
His majesty was also an avid sailor and talented boat builder, indeed not only did he sailed many regattas but he also build his own boats.
SV 14 Donation
by Austhai Marine and
Lat Krabang University
to her Majesty
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindehorn
Who are we?
Disabled Sailing Thailand has become the first sailing club for persons with disabilities in Thailand.
Sailing is not only very therapeutic but it also empowers persons with disabilities and gives them the freedom and mobility that is often lacking in their lives.
Persons with disabilities face a lot of challenges in their everyday life. Simple tasks that ordinary people perform on a daily basis (i.e. shower, dressing up, brushing teeth or even having a meal) as routine are extremely delicate and difficult to those suffering from disabilities.
But there are plenty of activities that disabled persons can engage in, in order to help them mentally, socially and physically.
How we began?
It all began with the announcement that sailing had been removed from the paralympics. A group of enthusiast sailors at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club went on a quet for helping the cause and soon realized that Thailand did not offered any opportunities for sailors with disabilities. After a few meetings Disabled Sailing Thailand was born and since been growing to a successful venture within the Thai yachting community.
Long term Goal
Our long term and ultimate goal is to help persons with disabilities to improve their quality of life with better opportunities and for those that develop a skill for sailing to help them represent Thailand in international regattas and eventually the Asian Para-games and the Para-Olympics but also to ensure that any persons with disabilities can enjoy the freedom experienced in sailing without competitive obligations.
Sail With Us
We offer full theoretical and practical training in both Thai and English.
We are based in Pattaya and Phuket
Pattaya has a fleet of 9 boats and is organized by Ocean Marina Yacht Club please contact them if you are interested in parasailing in Pattaya.
Phuket has a fleet of 5 boats which are sailing from Royal Phuket Marina email us at firstname.lastname@example.org should you be interested in sailing or helping as a volunteer in Phuket.
Who can participate?
Anybody with a disability can participate, Thai or foreigner.
So far, people that have shown interests are physically disabled (quadriplegic, paraplegic and amputee).
All our sailors have now an official sailor ID from World Sailing and can now participate in any competition.