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Spring 2019: Blind Buccaneers: Sailing Past Obstacles

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Presented by: : Jared Leslie, Spencer Churchill, Chris Hawk, and Melanie Audet

On November 10th, 12 students and 12 sighted guides chartered 3 sailboats and navigated the Spanish Virgin Islands starting and ending in Fajardo, Puerto Rico – over a 6-day period. The students came from all different backgrounds, some blind and some low vision, some since birth, some for a few years. The sighted guides were FBC staff and community partners who have long supported FBC. It was a life changing trip for the students and guides. This presentation will be covering how we successfully adapted the instruction of sailing and the lessons about independent travel, advocacy and social skills.