How much does it cost to raise a canine service dog?
The costs per dog can be are approximately $75,000 to $100,000 to breed, raise, train and match a dog, as well as to support the team throughout their lifetime together.

Can blind or visually impaired people sail?
Yes. Blind Sailing International started a class of Fleet racing which provided visually impaired sailors with a level playing field where lack of sight is no longer a disadvantage. Generally, these sailors race on keel boats, anything from 22 ft to 30 ft. racing in teams of four people, two visually impaired and two sighted.

How do blind or visually impaired sailors race?
The helmsman, who is responsible for the steering, is always visually impaired. The tactician is sighted and not allowed to take part in the physical sailing of the boat. There is a visually impaired crew member and a sighted crew member who take care of the sails and trim of the boat.

Where can I find more information on sailing for the blind or visually impaired?
Sailors who are blind or visually impaired have been involved in organized sailing programs since 1979. However, only within the past 20 years has blind sailing in the U.S. become more widespread and recognized. In addition, blind sailing has taken on an international aspect, with eight World blind sailing Championships having been held since 1992. For more information, please be sure to visit Blind Sailing International or see more at: http://www.ussailing.org/education/adaptive-sailing/blind-sailing/#sthash.gZcPMZxn.dpu

How are 1 By Design crew members chosen – what is the time commitment?
Crew members must be athletically fit and have past sailing experience. As with any sport they must be knowledgeable about the rules and eager to learn. The time commitment is the most challenging. In order to keep costs down all training occurs during the week and is generally scheduled with a week’s notice. Regattas generally start on Friday with pre-race training on Thursday. Regattas are 1-3 days long. During the course of the season a crew member can spend 3 to 4 weeks on the water and an equal 3 to 4 weeks time on shore aiding with race preparations for a total of 2 to 3 month’s seasonal commitment. Off season is spent focusing on safety and navigational studies occurring over the winter month holidays.

How regattas are selected – what preparation is needed?
Depending on location racing prep and participation is a 5 to 7 days effort. Logistics and planning are required as is transportation of equipment and sailors. All shore and crew equally support the entire effort.

Regattas are chosen based location and type. 1-By-Design races in One Design races where. The division is a one-design class where boats with in the class are virtually the same . This enables fair competition between boats that rate in the class while retaining the freedom to experiment with the details of their designs to enhance their speed and maneuverability.

What is 1-By-Desgin’s mission?
1-By-Design’s mission is to Train and Win for our primary beneficiaries with the intention of encouraging philanthropic activities and financial commitment for the blind, visually impaired and their seeing eye canine service companions. Your Sponsorship Supports that Mission. 100% all contributions are used in the support of our mission.