AQVA regatta raises $80,000 for mobility-impaired sailors.
Twelve volunteer sailors have organized the largest charity regatta in Quebec for eleven years. They have combined their efforts to collect money so that the Association québécoise de voile adaptée, or AQVA may provide adapted sailing to as many people with limited mobility as possible. The regatta, established by sailors from the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club (YCRSL), the event's host club, has raised more than $400,000 and is the Association's primary source of income.
The 11th regatta for AQVA took place on August 19th and raised $80 000 net to continue the organization's adapted sailing services. 40 boats from 6 clubs participated in the competition, and 148 dinner guests celebrated at the banquet afterward.
PHOTO: Jean-Pierre Mongeau, AQVA
Nothing better captures AQVA than the scene of a wheelchair on the dock, empty, and the adapted sailboat in the distance, cruising the lake. Anyone with limited mobility may participate in adaptive sailing, regardless of age or skill, alone or with a partner, for fun or competition. The Pointe-Claire Yacht Club is the base of operations for the AQVA program.