Y-Knot was founded in 1996 by a small group of disabled sailors and friends who wanted to create an accessible sailing program in the greater New York State capital region. YMCA Camp Chingachgook on Lake George was a perfect location for the program, providing waterfront access, logistical support and facilities and accommodations for program activities and special events.
From the start Y-Knot’s mission has been to provide sailing opportunities for everyone, regardless of physical condition, age, or ability to pay, and at all levels, from supervised recreational sailing to independent racing competition. Its membership has grown to include disabled and able-bodied sailors from a wide geographic area and from all walks of life. Y-Knot disabled sailors are active members of the local sailing community and have participated in events throughout the east coast and Canada.
Y-Knot’s fleet of adapted sailboats includes a Freedom 20, two Sonars and six Martin 16s. Joystick autohelm and windlass controls, dock lifts and personal safety equipment are available to accommodate special needs. Y-Knot volunteers are experienced sailors who are familiar with the challenges facing disabled individuals.
Each season Y-Knot offers a variety of ways for people to enjoy Lake George under sail. As a program of YMCA Camp Chingachgook, Y-Knot depends on volunteer support for fundraising and program operations. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, have various levels of experience on and off the water, and are the lifeblood of our organization.