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Chicago Adaptive Sailing - JGASF Sailing Open House

  • Judd Goldman Sailing Center, Burnham Harbor 1362 South Linn White Drive Chicago, IL, 60605 United States (map)

June 1 - 30th Annual Open House/Lunch - 10:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


The JGASF adaptive program includes classroom and on-water instruction for the physically disabled. JGASP is a public/private partnership with the Chicago Park District whereby the Foundation raises funds for instructor salaries, boats and maintenance costs while the Park District is responsible for the infrastructure.

The fleet consists of eight Freedom 20’s, eight Sonars and four 2.4 meter sailboats. The Freedom 20’s were built specifically for disabled sailors and have many safety features that make this boat the premier boat of choice for a disabled sailing program. The Sonar and the 2.4 meter boats are for more advanced racing sailors and are used in world disabled championships, such as the Paralympics. All boats are very stable and will not capsize.


(312) 747-7684


Specially designed safety features at the dock and aboard the boats include:

  • Transfer-boarding benches that assist sailors as they move from wheelchairs to seats aboard.

  • Counterweighted seats that provide support while enabling sailors to pivot from one side of the boat to the other

  • Chest and waist belts that add stability and safety

  • Lines, tillers, and rigging that are positioned to enable easy participation

  • Life jackets

  • Marine radios and outboard engines that allow close contact and maximum safety

  • Parking conveniently adjacent to the wheelchair-accessible docks


Fifteen (15) hours of instruction (six 2½ hour lessons) are available for beginner and intermediate sailors for $100.00. A one-to-two instructor to participant ratio is emphasized; however, each participant can bring a friend along for the lesson. Participants are eligible for crew certification after completion of 15 hours of instruction.

Lessons are offered Wednesday through Sunday. Phone reservations can be made between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Scholarships are available based on financial needs. Applications can be obtained in person at the Sailing Center.

Wednesday through Sunday:
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

All classes are subject to change due to weather conditions.