Sonar Class Adaptive Sailing Devices

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Each Tuesday between now and Imagine RIT on Saturday, May 3, 2014, we will share exclusive festival highlights.

Sailing is an activity that promotes lifelong wellness and a sense of freedom not easily experienced on land. Two senior design teams from RIT came together to build devices for people with physical limitations so that they too could experience the feeling of sailing. Each team has focused on a specific crew member role in order to create an adaptive device that allows a physically disabled person to overcome these challenges and be able to experience the joys of sailing.

One of the teams focused on the jib trimmer role (the person who adjusts the trim of the smaller sail closer to the bow while simultaneously traversing the width of the boat to counterbalance the heel) while the other team focused on the skipper role (the person who controls the direction of travel by moving the rudder). The Jib Transfer system allows a person to move from the port side of the boat to the starboard side, and vise versa, without the use of their legs and with only limited core usage. The Skipper’s Chair provides a secure and stable seat with an integrated steering mechanism to allow a person to control the movement of the sailboat without also requiring usage of their legs or any significant core strength. This project was also selected as one of 6 finalists for a podium presentation at  the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston, MA!

Check out the Sonar Class Adaptive Sailing Devices in the Unity Quad May 3, 2014 – at Imagine RIT!

 

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Exhibitors include: Nicole Conway, Katy Wurman, Matt Brunelle, Mike Kennedy, Jeff Flowerday, Richard Dzionara-Norsen, Jon Nguyen, Kassandra Schlott

 

 

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