Mal Canning, Scott Finsten, Bob Garner, Peter Jacops, and Tim Vanhurck formed Disabled Sailing Thailand in
2015 after hearing the Paralympics had canceled sailing as asportingevent. There had never been an association promoting disabled sailing in Thailand, although there were in many other Southeast Asian nations.
But where would they get their boats?
There was nothing available in Thailand at the time, not evensecond-hand, and importing them was just too expensive.
Peter, ayachtsurveyor and CE inspectorby trade, had aboatbuildingschoolfor hearing disabled childrenin South Africa, so had someexperience in the field, but he needed someone to design the boat.
Not having much luck, he decided to reach out to his circle of friendsby putting a notice on Face- book asking for pro-bono help designingadisabled sailing boatfor Thailand.
Within minutes of the posting, Alex Simonis, a partner in the naval architectural and yachtdesign studio Simonis Voogd contacted Peter and said his company wanted to take up the challenge.
Peter was adamant that though the boats needed to be affordable, yet they also had to be mod- ern, competitive and sleek. “The problem with most
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