Able Sail/Handi-Voile Inc.
PO Box 9061
Shediac, N.B.
E4P 8W5


Telephone: (506) 533-9750
(In season)



Able Sail has acquired a new Martin 16 sail boat for its Learn to Sail program thanks to a generous contribution from the Windsor Foundation.

Offocial launching on Thursday, July 4th at 10am at the Shediac Bay Yacht Club.

martin 16


It is equipped with power assist equipment that includes a sip and puff system that allows quadrepegics to navigate this sail boat. A big addition to our program!

See the Learn to Sail section for more details


See information on the Big Breakfast and the Gordon McRae Race

Recreational sailing on the "GORDON MCRAE" sailboat

This Freedom Independence model 20-foot sailboat has been specifically designed for the use of disabled persons. Our boat sails from the Shediac Municipal Marina every day from mid-June through to the end of August. Our vessel is available, by appointment, to take disabled persons, their friends and families for a one and one-half cruise on Shediac Bay. There is always two experienced Sailing Partners in charge of each outing. Clients are also encouraged to take an active role in handling the boat. Our Sailing Partners are always pleased to offer basic sailing instruction for first timers. For details on the GORDON MCRAE, go here.

Learn to sail on the "MICHAEL DUNN" sailboat

This 16-foot Martin was conceived as a "single-handed, one-design" boat, with a versatility that allows sailors with disabilities to sail and compete equally with their able-bodied counterparts. For details on the MICHAEL DUNN, click here. Click on the menu button 'Learn-to-Sail' to see this program described.

Season & hours of Operation

From Tuesday, June 25 to Friday, August 30 for the 2019 season. Sailing appointments are available between the hours of 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM seven days a week.

For sailing appointments:

Contact Able Sail at 506 533-9750. This number is not active off-season, during which period you may contact us by email at shediac@ablesail.ca


When you come sailing with us, dress in layers so that you can adjust your clothing to the weather. Every person on board must wear a personal flotation device (PFD.) which will be provided by Able Sail. Our employees and volunteers are experienced sailors who have been chosen for their desire and ability to help you enjoy safe sailing.

Our Standard Operating Procedure defines many situations which may require postponement or cancellation of an outing. For example, weather conditions - we do not set sail in wind speeds greater than 20 knots (37 km/h) or if there is a threat of lightning.
It is important that clients telephone our office in order to confirm that conditions are suitable.



The Lobster Festival Cup race will take place in Shediac Bay on Saturday, July 13th. White Sail only. Registration at PCYC July 13 from 12pm to 1pm. Fisrt race start is at 2:15pm.

Lobster Supper

There'll be a lobster supper starting at 6:00PM in the Storey Building of the Shediac Bay Yacht Club (SBYC). Tickets are $20/each. Can be purchased at the Able Sail Building at the SBYC Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Or call Mark Bridges at 531-7732.

The lobster is graciously donated by the Shediac Lobster Shop. lobster shop



The Annual Memorial Gordon McRae Race

Since 1999, Able Sail/Handi-Voile has organized a race in memory of Gordon McRae, the first disabled person to benefit from the recreational sailing program. This is a white sail race with boats from both the Pointe-du-Chêne Yacht Club and the Shediac Bay Marina participating.

This year, the 20th annual race will be held on Saturday, August 17th.

A large number of boats boats participated in the 2018 race.



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Every year, Able Sail/Handi-Voile hosts a breakfast at the Pointe-du-Chêne Yacht Club. This is a major fundraising event that allows for the raising of significant funds to support its sailing program.

This year the breakfast will be held on the morning of Saturday, August 17th. Cost is $10 each.

In 2016, a record 490 meals were served in raising significant funds for Able Sail / Handi-Voile. Thanks to everyone who participated and thanks to all the volunteers who made it possible. Make sure you join us again next year. See photos here


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