Barrier-Free Sailing / Disable Sailing
Part of the BBDouro ForALL brand, the project has as main objective to give access to the practice of sailing to all those with reduced mobility, their caregivers or even family.
The practice of sport Sailing by people with reduced mobility or with disabilities is nothing new.
However, this project, which has been developed since 2016, has the first catamaran worldwide developed in Portugal in partnership with Inclusive Sailing, for people with motor and / or psychological disabilities and wich can take, at the same time, four wheelchairs in the central platform and is adapted to 100% to the needs of our activity. The boat was thought out to detail to ensure a safe experience and learning without barriers.
At BBDouro you will find services adapted to those who may present temporarily or permanently limitations of cognitive and psychosocial mobility. The practice of sailing promotes, among others, the concentration and development of motor and psychological abilities, as well as a sense of well-being, for being an outdoor sport.
The Disable Sailing project is also a pioneer in terms of Affordable Tourism in Portugal, and this is a market that deserves our attention. As such, BBDouro tries to ensure that the sailing experience is inclusive and accessible to all who visit our city.
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Since the beginning of this project, BBDouro has worked with the following associations:
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Frequently Asked Questions
How many people can be at the same time on the Lusíadas ForALL inclusive boat?
The Lusíadas ForALL Inclusive catamaran accommodates up to 8 people, 4 of which can be in wheelchairs, plus two crew members.
Is the boat safe for children?
The Lusíadas ForALL boat was specially designed so that people with any kind of physical restriction can sail safely. Therefore, it is also a perfect boat for children.
I don’t have a disability. Can I go on the inclusive boat?
As the name implies, Lusíadas ForALL is really for everyone. It is not an exclusive catamaran for people with disabilities, but a boat that anyone can sail on.
Can an electric wheelchair go into the boat?
The boat may receive people in an electric wheelchair, as long as they have been previously consulted and authorized by BBBDouro. Weather conditions and the dimensions of the side entrance door may be the only constraints.
I’m blind. Can I sail?
A blind person can sail. With a crew to guide you, anything is possible!
I don‘t have/can’t move my arms and/or legs. Can I sail on this boat?
It is perfectly possible to sail the Lusíadas ForALL boat, even with physical limitations. With the crew helping with what’s needed or even steering the boat entirely, anyone can sail.
Does the boat tilt?
The Inclusive Sailing Lusíadas ForALL catamaran has a double hull design that gives it extra stability. Each hull has a paddle, which acts as a stabilizer and helps to control the boat’s inclination, complemented by the excellent work of the crew in maintaining the best sailing conditions.