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


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



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 Wednesday, June 24 to Friday, August 31 for the 2015 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 place in Shediac Bay on Saturday, July 8th. It is a white sail race open to all sail boats. Cost is $10/boat

Registration: Saturday, July 8 from 12:00PM to 12:45PM at the Pointe-du-Chêne Yacht Club
Skippers meeting at 12:45PM First start at 2:00PM

Lobster Supper

There will be a lobster supper starting at 6:00PM in the Storey Building of the Shediac Bay Yacht Club (SBYC). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Able Sail Building (Bob Melanson) at the SBYC from Monday to Friday between 10AM and 5PM. You can also reserve tickets by Mark Bridges at hacheca@nbnet.nb.ca

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

Over 120 people took part in the Lobster Supper in 2016. Tickets sold fast


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 19th annual race will be held on Saturday, August 19th.

A large number of boats boats participated in the 2016 race. See the 2016 race results here.

See more details by clicking on the 'Gordon McRae Race' button on the menu.


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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 19th. 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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