Saturday, July 8, 2017

Spokatopia

funtosail.com
See FunToSail at Spokatopia, a one-day outdoor adventure festival along the Spokane River. Outdoor enthusiasts and their 
families can try outdoor activities like sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, disc golf, rock climbing and mountain biking; learn about and try other outdoor activities, products and gear at vendor booths; and enjoy fun, creative entertainment including music, freeride bike stunts and local brews. Live entertainment at 4 p.m.
Visit FunToSAIL.com to learn-to-sail, buy a sailboat / Hobie catamaran or Hobie Island.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Boulder Beach, 6707 E Upriver Dr. Spokane
Cost: $5/general admission, $8 - $15/excursions (includes admission)
Email: funtosail@gmail.com
Website: http://www.spokatopia.com

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Seeking Sponsors and Funding

ATTENTION those interested in improving access to the water for those with disAbilities.

I am currently seeking sponsors and funding for two projects that need to get done very quickly. On June 10th we participated in the Outdoor Experience event at Bear Lake, Spokane County for persons with disAbilities, an event designed to introduce persons with disAbilities to various outdoor activities. We brought my accessible/adaptive sailboats to this event. During this event two big needs were discovered... 1. Need backrests on one sailboat to accommodate more people with higher levels of mobility limiting disAbilities. 2. Need to build an adjustable and portable water-ballasted base for our C-Crane/Transfer Lift to more easily move people in and out of the boats.

Cost of #1 is $850 and #2, is about $1000. All donations are tax deductible via Access To Outdoors. I have about 3 weeks to get this done as these items are needed on July 29th for the Ski and Sail Fest on Clear Lake, Spokane County, WA.

On another note we received a new Hobie 16 catamaran sailboat donation to be named the late Scott Bailey. We can now attach our adaptive wing seats (Trapseats) to it. In addition we were able to acquire a second Hobie 16. So we now have two new adaptive sailboats added to our fleet.

After accomplishing number 1 and 2 the next step is to purchase two adaptive trunk support seats.

We have received great support for our accessible/adaptive sailing program and outdoor access projects. We hope in the near future that our programs will develop into a permanent funded program with facility.

To donate contact Miles Moore at accesstooutdoors@gmail.com or call/text 208-704-4454

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Sense The Wind

Attention all those interested in accessible sailing!

This July 7th at 7:00PM at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint Idaho will be the screening of “Sense The Wind.” This is an inspirational and intriguing documentary about blind sailors. After the film, the Director and Producer Christine Knowlton will be here in person to lead a question and answer session about the film and her drive to realize her dream.

The Sandpoint Sailing Association is sponsoring this film and Christine’s presence in Sandpoint. Please share this invitation with all your friends, neighbors and relatives. Admission is only $5.

Address: Panida Theatre Inc, 300 N First Ave, Sandpoint, ID 83864

For further info please email Bob Robertson, brobertson83864@gmail.com

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Outdoor Experience

The 2017 Outdoor Experience event on Bear Lake, Spokane County was a great success with a great turnout. This event is ran each year by St. Luke's Rehab. for persons with disAbilities. This allows persons with disAbilities to try out various outdoor activities like archery, handcycling, kayaking, and of course sailing via FunToSail/AccessToOutdoors accessible sailing program.

The weather was cool (60 degrees) but water was warm and with great wind most of the day from 3-7 knots of wind.
Tandem Island all ready to go...

Hobie Wave
Lunch at with a lot of great people
Takes a little work to get over the chain blocking the way to the primitive launch, but we did it.


Videos coming soon!

St. Luke's next accessible event is the Ski Feast this July 29th (see our calendar for more info) and FunToSail and AccessToOutdoors will be there with our sailboats.

Sail Fest and Family Fun Day

If you did not attend the Sail Fest in association with the Family Fun Day on June 9th you missed a wonderful day to sail and to enjoy all the activities within the park. This event developed rather quickly so was not as well promoted as we would of liked but regardless the attendance was good and I am sure this event will take place every year from this point on event on your calendar for next year on June 8th.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Day

I thought it was only fitting I supply you with this article about honoring those that have fallen in war to keep us free. See Article Below!

And I personally would like to thank those of you that have served in the military or have family members who have or are serving for your/their service and commitment to help keep us free. Any of you who have lost loved ones in a military conflict I give you my sincere condolences... There is no greater love than to give your life for another!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Miles Moore, President
Access To Outdoors

ON MEMORIAL DAY!

What we owe to the fallen, and to those now serving.

By 
MARK HELPRIN
Updated May 29, 2010 12:01 a.m. ET

In American military cemeteries all over the world, seemingly endless rows of whitened grave markers stand largely unvisited and in silence. The gardeners tend the lawns, one section at a time. Even at the famous sites, tourism is inconstant. Sunsets and dawns, winter nights, softly falling snow, and gorgeous summer mornings mainly find the graves and those who lie within them protected in eternal tranquility. Now and then a visitor linked by love, blood, or both will come to make that connection with the dead that only love can sustain.

Sometimes you see them, quiet in some neglected corner beneath the trees or on a field above the sea, but numbers and time make this the exception. If not completely forgotten, the vast ranks of Civil War dead are now primarily the object of genealogy and historians, as the fathers and mothers, women, children, and brothers who loved them are now long gone. As it is for everyone else it is for the dead of all the wars, and neither proclamations nor holidays nor children innocently placing flags can cure it.

Nonetheless, a universal connection links every living American with those who have fallen or will fall in American wars and overrides the lapses in sustaining and honoring their memories. We are and shall be connected to them by debt and obligation. Though if by and large we ignore the debt we owe to those who fell at Saratoga, Antietam, the Marne, the Pointe du Hoc, and a thousand other places and more, our lives and everything we value are the ledger in which it is indelibly recorded. And even if we fail in the obligation, it is clear and it remains.

What do we owe soldiers on the battlefields of the present or—do not doubt it—the future? How does one honor the inexpressibly difficult decision to walk toward annihilation, in some instances guaranteed, for the sake of the imperfect strategies of war, their confused execution, and their uncertain result? What can we offer the soldiers who will not know the outcome of their struggle, or ever again see those left behind?

We owe them a decision to go to war ratified unambiguously by the American people through their constitutional and republican institutions. Except where instantaneous response is necessitated by a clear and present danger, this means a declaration of war issued by a Congress that will fully support its own carefully determined decision and those it sends to carry it out—nothing less, nothing hedged, nothing ducked.

This requires in turn the kind of extraordinary, penetrating debate that can occur only among those wise enough to understand mortality and weigh it against principles that cannot be left undefended. It requires a president who can argue for his decision not merely with eloquence but substantively and tenaciously—guided only by the long-term interests of the United States, not fatuous slogans, political imperatives, and easily impeachable ideological notions of the right, left, or center.

Look ahead, not back. If we commit soldiers to battle, we must support them unstintingly. There are many ways to pay for war: taxing, borrowing, cutting other expenditures, sharing the burden with allies, adjusting war aims, and starving the means to fight. The only unacceptable one is the last. If the general population must do with less, so be it, for the problem is only imagined. Better than feckless politicians who think it lives by bread alone, the American people has always known that its enlisted sacrifices are hardly commensurate with those of the maimed and the dead.

A soldier's destiny must rest, rather than with careerists, in the hands of grave and responsible officials and commanders, those who experience what Churchill called the statesman's "stress of soul." He should never have to die for the sake of an academic theory once the doctoral thesis of an Ivy League idealist working his way up through the bureaucracies and think tanks.

And yet the commander who does not labor to educate himself unceasingly is likely no better than his opposite number in the seminar room. Above all, he must have a genius for war, an inherent quality that cannot be manufactured and is usually crowded out by that part of the brain that makes for a brilliant career, and punished by the higher ranks for having what they do not. Such people deserve the protection and promotion that mostly they do not receive, for when they do they become Grant, Churchill, Marshall, Eisenhower, and Patton.

The debt we owe, and in regard to which we are at present deeply in arrears, may be difficult to pay but it is easy to see. To grasp its conspicuous clarity one need only walk among the graves and pause to give proper thought to even just one life among the many. Read slowly the name, the dates, the place where everything came to an end.

I have seen lonely people of advancing age, yet as constant as angels, keeping faith to those they loved who fell in wars that current generations, not having known them, cannot even forget. The sight of them moving hesitantly among the tablets and crosses is enough to break your heart. Let that break be the father to a profound resolution to fulfill our obligation to the endless chain of the mourning and the dead. Shall we not sacrifice where required? Shall we not prove more responsible, courageous, honest, and assiduous? Shall we not illuminate our decisions with the light that comes from the stress of soul, and ever keep faith with the fallen by embracing the soldiers who fight in our name? The answer must be that we shall.

Mr. Helprin, a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, is the author of, among other works, "Winter's Tale" (Harcourt), "A Soldier of the Great War" (Harcourt) and, most recently, "Digital Barbarism" (HarperCollins). Link to original article at http://on.wsj.com/1IVB9G2

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ice Sailing Report, Sprague Lake, Spokane County, USA

It's been two full months since the first lakes froze, with regular snowfall messing up the surfaces within days of them skimming over.  I snuck one day in on Diamond Lake in December before it got dumped on, and I've been scanning the four state area since then for some clear ice, without result.  We had three weeks of temps between 0 and 20, which created thicker ice than I've ever seen here around Spokane, followed by three or four days of warm and sunny, which was just barely enough melting to dispose of the snow on Sprague Lake.  So when Frank gives me the call, that the weather service is calling for cold, sunny and winds in the high teens, we take that leap of faith, that there MIGHT be a usable surface, and head west.  First glance looks discouraging, the whole lake is white, no clear ice at all.  But Frank's scouting has discovered four or five inches of refrozen snow atop almost fifteen inches of clear ice, bumpy with one to two inch hard snow drifts.  A challenge, to get the boats running fast enough to develop the necessary apparent wind to power thru the crud.  But it's blowing fifteen plus, so once we find a smooth patch, the boats leap to speed, delivering the rush that redeems all the suffering delivered by this unforgiving sport!  The trick then becomes finding smooth (relatively!) ice at either end of a reach to carve a clean jibe, and nurse her back up to speed.  Once there, focus on course, trying to thread between the bigger drifts, looking for the path of least resistance, and working to keep the machine under control.   When really booking, we're bouncing across the high points, with the bigger drift launching us free of the surface, clattering back down, requiring quick steering corrections.  Between constant sheeting in and out, continuous steering effort,  and the non stop gut clenching to deal with the hammering the body is receiving, we're wasted after three hrs on the ice, and we stash the boats in the tules, 'cause the prediction for tomorrow is more of the same!

These are the most brutal conditions the Mini Skeeter has seen so far, and I'm hugely impressed.  The new springboard, and the well designed plank absorb shocks very well, and all the hardware and attachment points held up beautifully.  I kind of expected the aluminum runner chocks to suffer or loosen up, but a careful inspection post Day 2 revealed nothing loose, other than one runner bolt needs a new nyloc.  The surface was about as bad as an icesailor is likely to put up with(desperate folks!), and Scooter came thru shining! Thanks John!!!