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By Tyler Orton, 24 Hours Vancouver

The Disabled Sailing Association of B.C. wants an accessible dock. (SUBMITTED)

The Disabled Sailing Association of B.C. wants an accessible dock. (SUBMITTED)

The Disabled Sailing Association of B.C. is looking to boost the capacity for sails from Jericho Beach Park by 50% through a proposed accessible dock.

DSA executive director Duane Geddes called the current system “cumbersome” since it requires boats to be launched from a dolly and winched into the water. People in wheelchairs must be transferred to ships via a hoist.

“This (would) allow us to meet the demand that we have for our sailing program,” he said, adding there are 800 to 1,000 sails every year at the beach.

“There’s a much better way to do it and there is a way to provide a little dignity at the same time.”

The proposal would involve mounting sling lifts to the dock so disabled individuals can be lowered into a boat as opposed to being hoisted in at the shore in full view of the public.

Geddes said while disabled sailing began in Vancouver 25 years ago, the city is the only place with a sailing program without a floating dock to help wheelchair-bound people into boats.

The DSA would cover the costs of a feasibility study that would examine the price tag, location and design for the proposed wharf.

 

 

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