21 July 2023
Loosdrecht – We and Dave Long had the pleasure of presenting our entry to none other than Renske Rietbergen, the director of Sailwise. Our meeting took place on a picturesque pier somewhere in Loosdrecht, where we enjoyed the soft summer sun and our adventure began.
Sailwise, an organization that has captured our hearts, makes water sports accessible to people with disabilities. It means that everyone can enjoy the fun and freedom of the water, regardless of their limitations. Their unique approach brings participants and volunteers together, blurring boundaries and creating a warm, inclusive atmosphere. It’s all about cooperation, fun and unlimited possibilities!
The beautiful island of Robinson Crusoe, which serves as our home port, welcomed us with open arms. The recently renovated accommodation for 30 people exuded a homey feel that immediately created a sense of belonging. But where was everyone? We soon found out that everyone was on the water, participating in various water sports.
From sailing to canoeing, from king-size SUP’ing to power boating, everyone was enjoying their favorite activity. Sailwise provides intelligent adjustments to the boats so that each participant has the freedom to enjoy the activities at their own pace. Simple solutions with a big impact!
The convivial hustle and bustle that ensued as soon as the participants returned was a sight to behold. Laughing, cleaning up together, and others throwing themselves into preparing dinner (a tasty nasi was on the menu) – everything was effortless and relaxed. Nothing had to be done, nothing had to be fixed, and everyone was given space to relax and enjoy themselves.
We were deeply touched by our encounter with Sailwise. The passion and dedication of Renske and her team is admirable. And it was even more special to realize that one of our own team members, Dave Long, is volunteering his time to make a valuable contribution to this amazing work.
With warm feelings and a symbolic check in support of Sailwise, we bid farewell to this inspiring oasis of watersports. We wish all the participants and volunteers a continuation of their amazing vacation experiences and hope that Sailwise will continue to win many more hearts with its inclusive and loving approach.
About Sailwise: Sailwise is an organization that makes water sports accessible to people with disabilities. Their mission is to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy water sports activities and share an unforgettable time on the water. By adapting boats and creating a warm, inclusive atmosphere, they have already won countless hearts and given people with disabilities the opportunity to shine on the water.
About Strukton Immersion Projects: At Strukton Immersion Projects, we believe in supporting worthwhile initiatives that have a positive impact on people and society. We are proud to support Sailwise and want to contribute to increasing happiness and enjoyment for everyone, regardless of their background or disability.