Mobility Cup 1995 - Victoria, BC
Mobility Cup was held outside Vancouver for the first time in 1995 – even though host city Victoria is only 69 km (43 miles) away. Nevertheless, fledgling sailing clubs across the country learned that event founder Sam Sullivan was interested in seeing the event held in other provinces, in order to promote sailing for people with disabilities on a national basis.
This year also saw a key behind-the-scenes decision – to commission a high speed, maneuverable sailboat especially designed for people with disabilities. When Vancouver’s Don Martin designed the Martin 16 in 1995, he included power-assisted controls. Mark Isaak of M.I.D.S. was called in to create a versatile (mouth-operated) sip ‘n’ puff control system for the Martin 16. In 1998 he worked with Steve Alvey, of Disabled Sailing Association Alberta, to design the portable, modular system that is in used today.
Gold Fleet winner | Ken Bartell, Surrey, BC
Silver Fleet winner| Sonja Sutmoller Snijders, Victoria, BC
Top sip 'n' puff sailor | Rene Dallaire, Montreal, QC