The Impossible Dream, a 60-foot, wheelchair-accessible catamaran that sails the entire East Coast of the U.S., has visited ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, where it will be in port until Sept. 11, 2019. It is the 10th stop on the vessel’s Summer Voyage, encompassing 4,000 miles across 15 destinations along the East Coast.
Since launching on May 29 from Miami, Fla., the vessel has stopped at nine ports and taken over 1,000-plus people sailing. At each stop, sailing outings are offered to people with disabilities, mobility impairments, life-changing illnesses and their families at no cost. Over the course of the voyage, the Impossible Dream has also welcomed disabled guest crew to live and work onboard for longer periods of time. The guest crew are invaluable members of the team who assist with the operation of the vessel, cooking, maintenance, promotion and connecting with the vessel’s day-sail guests.
For the fourth year in a row, the Impossible Dream is partnering with ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina as a base to conduct its programs. Scheduled sails will include various organizations, such as Disability Arts NYC, the Adler Aphasia Center, Wheeling Forward, United Spinal NYC Chapter and BIGVISION.
ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina celebrated its launch at full capacity in Spring 2019, offering a new wave attenuation system comprised of deep-draft steel barges, creating one of the calmest basins on the New York Harbor.
One of the reasons ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina worked with government agencies to bring the wave climate down was to build the only ADA-accessible marina in the New York City environs, to open the harbor to the wideset group of water enthusiasts.
The marina’s Community Dock, which comprises 25 percent of the dock space, remains active and is the largest access point to the water in New York City.
ONE°15 also maintains an active Sail Club and Sail School and will be introducing additional amenities before the close of the 2019 boating season.
ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina Deputy CEO Estelle Lau notes that this partnership with the Impossible Dream is a wonderful way to bring scores of passionate boating enthusiasts to the water – many of whom depend on these impactful campaigns for the access.
“We’re thrilled to offer 10 days of berthing for the Impossible Dream, to open the waterways to both disabled and able sailors,” Lau said. “We have been hosting the Impossible Dream throughout our construction but are very pleased to offer them our increased amenities this year.”
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