SV 14 Donation 

by Austhai Marine and 
Lat Krabang University 

to her Majesty 
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindehorn 
of Thailand

VISION

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 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.

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?

The birth of the project happened when Peter Jacops an avid sailor, boat building teacher and a specialist CE inspector for the certification of yachts, was looking for boats for the disabled.

He was unable to find a good and affordable one so he posted a small note on his Facebook page. He asked if any designer would be willing to help him create a low cost sailing boat specifically for disabled people and make it freely available to all.

Alex Simonis and Marten Voogd of Simonis Voogd Design took up the challenge to design a new affordable competitive boat for persons with disabilities, called SV14.

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

Sail With Us

We offer full theoretical and practical training in both Thai and English.

Introductory classes by James Mutter

Our course is a 5-6 week theoretical class, anyone with any kind of disability is welcome to register.

A series of shore-based sessions are held to explain the principles of sailing and to promote a desire to use sailing as a method of escape the fetters of the normal world.

Here we learn the methods of getting out on the water for able-bodied and less-able

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).

Our currents team has two sailors that are paraplegics, one quadriplegic, and one amputee.

We currently have 4 registered sailors. 

All our sailors have now an official sailor ID from World Sailing and can now participate in any competition.

Practical Sailing lessons

After the  end of six weeks of theory class. 

- It’s time to go on a boat! -

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