NEWPORT BEACH — Several visually impaired men and women will set sail for a cruise of Newport Harbor during American Legion Yacht Club’s annual Sail for the Visually Impaired, Oct. 17, which offers a day on the water for all participants.
Boat owners will volunteer their vessels to the event as they welcome people aboard – and often the skipper will offer the opportunity for participants to take the helm themselves and steer the boat under supervision.
The event started in 1990 when Bonnie Gibson and Bobbie Reed took 15 blind people sailing on a 40-foot sailboat. Each year, they took more people out and enlisted more skippers to assist. The event has grown throughout the years and is now sponsored by the Women’s Sailing Association-Orange County (WSA-OC) and hosted by American Legion YC and Post 291 Family.
Guide dogs will also have a chance to relax and connect with their fellow pals while their owners are out on the water since a play yard will be set up just for them.
The event will be held from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 17 at American Legion YC, 215 E. 15th St. in Newport Beach. For more information, visit alyc.com.