Saturday sees an inspiring happening at the American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291, when eager sailors will take part in the Sail for the Blind and Visually Impaired event. Participants will be able to help steer the boats and adjust sheet and halyard lines while feeling the sensations of wind and motion. The event is sponsored by the Women's Ocean Racing Sailing Assn. (WORSA) and hosted by the American Legion Post and Yacht Club.
The Women's Ocean Racing Sailing Assn. began this annual event about 23 years ago with only a couple of boats. As it became popular and organizers needed more boats, the American Legion stepped up to the plate to act as hosts. Now there are more than 40 owners who volunteer their boats and act as skippers for the day. They will sail throughout Newport Harbor, and some skippers might take the vessels onto the Pacific Ocean if sea conditions permit. The winds look favorable this weekend — between five to 10 knots from the northwest or clocking to the west — and a small west swell of one to two feet. I suspect that most boats will stay inside the harbor for protected sailing.