Dreams do come true on the Impossible Dream. Twenty-five years ago, Mike Browne’s dream came true. He wanted an accessible sailboat to traverse the seas. The Impossible Dream was designed by Mike, a paraplegic from England, for wheelchair users to navigate the 60’ catamaran. The Impossible Dream is fully accessible with no barriers to maneuver around the deck, operate the multiple helms, and lowering to the 3 accessible hulls while in a wheelchair. In 2010, Geoff Holt was the first quadriplegic from England to sail the Atlantic with the Impossible Dream unassisted. Two years ago, Deborah Mellen, a paraplegic, bought the Impossible Dream. She partnered with Harry Horgan, paraplegic and founder of Shake-a-Leg Miami, to provide persons with disabilities in the United States the ability to experience sailing. During the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) last July, Deborah, Harry and crew sailed the Impossible Dream up the east coast stopping at several ports to celebrate the ADA and to allow the disabled communities to experience the quality of life the Impossible Dream provides. President George H. W. Bush and wife Barbara also joined the Impossible Dream and crew to celebrate the ADA. Recently, Deborah, Harry and Shake-a-Leg members competed in the Conch Republic Cup sailing the Impossible Dream from Key West to Cuba. Although weather was a hurdle at times, the Impossible Dream finished 2nd and 3rd in different divisions. Ultimately, the Impossible Dream has made dreams come true for numerous disabled individuals sailing the Atlantic.


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