THE KEELBOATS ARE COMING

fleet of keelboats on the water

One of CSNO’s flagship programs is Adaptive Sailing. This program will create opportunities to help all youth and adults overcome adversity, achieve self-esteem and develop leadership skills through therapeutic sailing. The center has been purposefully designed to serve individuals with physical and developmental disabilities.

To fulfill this vision, CSNO is proud to announce the addition of seven Freedom Independence 20 boats to its fleet. These 20.50-foot keelboats should arrive in late October, and will be put to full use when the center opens its youth, adult and adaptive sailing programs.

The CSNO board explored many boat models before deciding on the Freedom Independence 20. Its decision was based on several key factors. As the workhorse of the community sailing program, the boats needed to be durable, safe and stable with a large open cockpit and minimal obstructions. The goal was to find a boat that could hold six to seven children and an instructor and, when needed, accommodate specialized equipment for adaptive sailing.

Designed by Gary Mull specifically for disabled sailors, the Freedom Independence 20 met all of those criteria and, for good measure, came with rave reviews from established programs around the country, including Shake-A-Leg in Miami, the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation in Chicago and Sail to Prevail in Newport, Rhode Island. 

CSNO purchased the seven boats from Judd Goldman after an inspection this summer by Cletus Junius of Junius Ship Shape Inc. Keep an eye out for the boats on Lake Pontchartrain soon, as Tulane’s Varsity Sailing Team uses them to train for the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association’s Match Race National Championships. The boats will be put into full service next year when CSNO launches its community programs.