(Article Courtesy of Challenged Sailors San Diego)

Did you know that Sunroad Resort Marina supports a charitable organization right here at the marina?  Well they do!  Let me introduce you to Challenged Sailors San Diego.  CSSD is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that provides free sailing opportunities to people with disabilities on beautiful San Diego Bay. 

We use a fleet of two-person sailboats that are specifically designed for adaptive sailing. A sailor sitting in the front seat of the boat can control the steering and sails, while a volunteer companion in back gives aid or instruction as needed. Persons with limited mobility on land can easily maneuver their sailboats throughout the bay and experience the joy and freedom of sailing.  We even have two boat that can be operated with one’s breath!

CSSD can accommodate sailors of all ages with spinal cord injuries, hearing or vision impairments, MS, PTSD, muscular dystrophy, amputations, and many other disabilities.  Our program’s dock facilities at Sunroad Marina are accessible and equipped with a lift for transferring sailors from wheelchairs into the boats.

We sail every Friday and Saturday, weather permitting from C dock and we’d love to have you come visit us.  It is an inspiring experience.

All experience levels are welcome. Sailors also have the opportunity to participate in special events, sailing clinics, and races, including the Kyle C. McArthur Memorial Regatta held at Coronado Yacht Club in April.  We are always looking for volunteers to help on the dock or on the boats or just come to cheer us on.

Challenged Sailors San Diego is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, funded by individual donors and grants. More information about the sailing program and special events can be found on the website.


And just in case you wondered how the new tax law impacted charitable donations here’s a little summary.  (Of course, consult your tax professional for more information)

  • Cash Charitable donations are limited to 60% of adjusted gross income (this is an increase from 50%)
  • No deduction is allowed for donations to higher education institutions when, in exchange, the payor receives the right to purchase tickets or seating at an athletic event
  • Qualified Charitable Distributions, which are distributions from qualified retirement accounts directly to a charity by taxpayers over 70.5, remains unchanged and available up to $100,000.