Almost 200 visually impaired expert and novice sailors will take to the open water under the guidance of American Legion volunteers Saturday.
For 21 years, the Women's Ocean Racing Sailing Assn. and the American Legion have collaborated to create the one-day sailing experience for the blind and visually impaired.
The honorary sailors and their sighted pilots will take off from the Newport Harbor at the American Legion Yacht Club after breakfast and morning entertainment provided by the legion.
Once on the boats and out of the harbor, the pilots will pass control of the helm over to the participants and allow them to steer the boat with supervision, said American Legion Yacht Club Commodore Leo Vortouni.
"It's amazing how sightless people can feel the wind almost better than sighted people," Vortouni said. "You tell them how it works and they take the wheel and sail quite well, surprisingly."