Visually impaired adults to set sail in Newport Harbor

On Saturday, Oct 15, hundreds of visually impaired adults, along with their sighted escorts and guide dogs, will meet up with several volunteer sailors for a day of sailing around Newport Harbor and offshore. The Women’s Sailing Association - Orange County (WSA-OC) will be sponsoring the 27th Annual Sail for the Blind and Visually Impaired which is hosted by the American Legion Post 291. This annual event provides an opportunity for more than 200 blind and visually impaired adults, including Veterans and their escorts, to spend a day sailing on local waters. Participants will have an opportunity to take the helm and steer the boat under supervision as well as try their hand at handling lines aboard.

The day includes breakfast, lunch, entertainment, an opportunity drawing and even doggy daycare for the guide dogs in attendance. Several hundred members of the Orange County community volunteer in this all-day event including skippers with their boats, members of other yacht clubs, Seal Beach Lions Club, Navy Sea Cadets, and Harbor Patrol Explorer Scouts, along with dozens of WSA-OC and American Legion volunteers.

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A special day is spending time on the water

WSA-OC is a co-ed group dedicated to supporting women sailors throughout the Orange County area through land-based educational programs and on-the-water activities. The group’s mission includes a focus on serving the community through sailing-related activities. Originally founded in 1979, it was known for many years as the Women’s Ocean Racing Sailing Association (WORSA). The group relaunched in early 2015 as the Women’s Sailing Association - Orange County with an active membership and year-round activities.

Since 1991, the American Legion Family, comprised of AL Post 291 members and the American Legion Yacht Club have provided facilities, boats and volunteers to make this special day a reality. Numerous Orange County businesses have been supportive by donating goods and services for the afternoon opportunity drawing. The annual Sail for the Blind and Visually Impaired experience has truly become a community event.

For information on WSA-OC or to learn how to participate in this year’s event, visit, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.