I mentioned before that I would be taking a client sailing at Fort Whyte and that happened on this last Tuesday.
It was an absolute perfect day with the temperature in the low 20’s C and a slight breeze blowing.
My client, who I will call “A” since I can obviously not identify him, and I arrived a few minutes before our scheduled time and went to the dock area. We were immediately greeted by the friendly staff who got us ready to go sailing. It was a steep ramp to and from the dock, so Carl looked after getting “A” over to the boat and also got him back up after the sail.
They got “A” hooked up onto a hoist to get him from his wheelchair and into the sailboat. Kaylyn (not sure if I spelled her name correctly) would be on the sailboat with “A” and I would be in a motorboat with Carl. The original plan was that I would sit on the side of the sailboat to be beside “A”, but they talked me out of it and I could see that it would be very crowded and I would probably have to duck when the boom passed over my head as I would be higher up than “A” or Kaylyn. I agreed to the motor boat because we would be close by all the time.
“A” was having a good time, so we stayed out for the full time, which was an hour. Once back at the dock, they quickly got him back in the wheelchair and we headed over the the Buffalo Stone Cafe which is the restaurant at Fort Whyte Alive.
We both had buffalo burger platters and then headed out to walk some of the trails. “A” was excited to see ducks and ducklings, squirrels, chipmunks, butterflies, a muskrat and lots of little birds. I got some pictures that I can share of the sailboat ride and of some of the critters we saw.
I had to block “A” out of the picture, but you can see he is waving and having fun. 🙂
The little butterfly landed right beside his wheelchair and “A” insisted on this photo.
We were very close to all of these critters, but I did zoom in on them for the pictures.
Time went quickly and soon it was time to catch our ride back home.
I highly recommend Able Sail who states ” they maintain a tradition of inclusive recreational activity for Manitobans of all ages and all accessibility needs”. There was no charge for “A” because it was his first time, but if he wants to go again, the cost is minimal. Able Sail is located many places in Canada.