Burlington Able Sail

Burlington Able Sail provides sailing opportunities and instruction for individuals with a physical or cognitive disability to enhance their quality of life and promote integration of sailors with disabilities with able-bodied sailors.

"If you can breathe, you can sail!"

This program offers an opportunity for people with physical disabilities to go out on the water and enjoy sailing! We're open to any person aged 7 and up with a physical or cognitive disability. We are well equipped to give people who have suffered from stroke or trauma or debilitating diseases such as MS an unforgettable experience. Our team is well-educated and we have adapted boats as well as custom equipment to transfer participants from wheel chairs into the sailing boats.

Our Programs

July and August of 2022, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

One-hour sessions. 1 or 2 sailors per boat, depending on their skill level.

Fee Schedule
The first trial session is free. The rate for each individual sailor is $180 for the season.
Cheque or e-transfer of $180 (the Full Amount) or $50 (Deposit) to be submitted upon application with the balance of $130 to be submitted by June 1, 2022 

The Burlington Able Sail and the LaSalle Park Marina are situated only minutes from the 403 or QEW highways. See map at the bottom of this page.

We are now signing up sailors for our upcoming 2022 summer sailing season.
Able Sail Registration Form
Waiver of Liability


Able Sail Boats

Our program focuses on the Martin 16 sailboat, which is equipped to cater to physically/cognitively challenged people of all ages. The boats are extremely stable and can be sailed with either a companion instructor in the stern seat or solo by individual sailors who have attained enough experience to “go it alone”.

The Martin 16 is a keelboat design; easy to maintain and stable in all conditions. The Martin is famous for being “un-tippable and unsinkable”.

These boats are very competitive, so sailors who want to advance their skills from casual day sailing to racing are taught the fundamental of sailboat racing under the tutorship of our trained CYA



Registration of Clients

We are now signing up sailors for our upcoming 2022 Summer Sailing Season. We are doing this with full awareness of everyone’s concerns over the worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.  


Burlington Able Sail depends on Volunteers from the Sailing and the wider Community to carry out its operations. Roles range from communicating with clients, escorting clients safely to the dock, transferring clients safely into the boats, companion sailing, driving or observing on the Coach/Safety powerboats. Many roles that anyone can fill with the training provided.

If you are interested, fill out the below forms. If you have any questions, contact Tom France tom.hayhurst-france@sympatico.ca or 905 632-3242


Burlington Able Sail is dependent upon financial support from the community, including Corporate, Service Clubs and individual donors. To make a donation to this program, make your cheque payable to "Burlington Able Sail" and mail it to the Treasurer:
Phil Taylor, 10 Cameron Ave. S., Hamilton, ON L8K 2W8

OR Donations may be made by using Interac e-Transfer to burlingtonablesail@gmail.com

A charitable tax receipt will be issued for all monetary donations to the program.


Burlington Able Sail is associated with the Ontario Sailing Assocation, Sail Canada and the Able Sail Network, providing sailing opportunities for people with disabilities at the national level.

The program is made possible by our Supporters


                 Retired Teachers Association


Teachers Support Burlington Able Sail

Burlington Able Sail is proud to be the recipient of $4000 from RTOERO District 15 Halton’s Project Service to Others. A cheque was presented in a Covid Safe manner on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020.  In the photo, Jeannie Woodcroft, District 15 Member and Volunteer with BAS, presents David Groves (centre), President of BAS, and Jim Casey (right), Operations Director, with the cheque. The money will provide for the purchase of new sails for the 3 Martin 16 sailboats. These sails will increase safety, versatility and ease of sail training as soon as Covid allows.

BAS program focuses on the Martin 16 sailboat, which is equipped to cater to physically/cognitively challenged people of all ages. The boats are extremely stable and can be sailed with either a companion instructor in the stern seat or solo by individual sailors who have attained enough experience to go it alone.  Burlington Able Sail operates in partnership with LaSalle Park Community Marina and Burlington Sailing and Boating Club, with support from Volunteers, Summer Jobs Canada, Rotary, and many others.  We are grateful to the support from RTOERO District 15 Halton, and look forward to demonstrating the new sails this summer, Covid willing.

PRESS RELEASE JAN 25, 2021 CONTACT: David Groves groves@mcmaster.ca (905) 520-3847


Burlington Able Sail
841 LaSalle Park Road
Burlington, ON  L7T 4G9
(905) 681-6547   |   ablesail@burlbay.com