In the summer of 2005, a crew of four sailors challenged by such physical disabilities as paraplegia and blindness sailed with their able-bodied captain in the 2,225-mile Trans-Pacific yacht race from southern California to Hawaii. Representing Challenged America, a charitable sailing-education and rehabilitation organization, the team placed fourth in its class of able-bodied competitors and in the top third overall.
As part of a long-running NSF program--the Engineering Senior Design Projects for Persons with Disabilities--students and professors at San Diego State University developed many of the technologies used by the sailors.
On Dec. 8, 2005, crew member Urban Miyares, a Challenged America co-founder and Presidential Point of Light awardee, came to Washington, D.C., to talk about his trek and discuss how the new technologies made the voyage possible.
For more information on Urban Miyares, see the NSF Media Advisory at:
For more information about the Challenged America crew and the 2005 TransPac race, see the following NSF press releases: