What does Tioga provide:
On board the Tioga people with emotional and physical limitations are given the opportunity to sail on a traditional sailing ship with expert leadership. We facilitate sailing for disabled children, teenagers and adults, specifically through interaction with able-bodied participants and in so doing ensuring them self-determined inclusivity and access to the sport of sailing. Socially disadvantaged children and teenagers are offered the chance to learn about sailing. The society promotes interaction and cooperation with different groups, so facilitating integration. Amongst other things, with competent expert instruction and guidance on board the Tioga the children and teenagers are able to take part in regattas on Lake Constance. Through responsible group work the children and teenagers, able-bodied as well as disabled, are motivated and encouraged to engage in social behaviour , develop their personalities freely and learn the value of democratic teamwork. The society also aims to improve the accessibility of the infrastructure of the harbour and the landing stage, so that the sport of sailing is made more available to people with physical restrictions.
The Society to promote Sailing
The Tioga is berthed in the Bodan harbour in Kressbronn. The ship is a two-master ketch model, built following the blueprints of the American yacht designer Nathanael Greene Herreshoff. Herreshoff was the most successful yacht constructor in the history of the America´s Cup. Having previously only set sail on the ocean, the yacht was brought from Kiel to Lake Constance in 2018. According to a press release, the non-profit society hopes to keep the two-master in the harbour of the Bodan boatyard permanently. The society also states that they are still reliant on a lot of volunteers and donations in order to tailor the boat to suit their needs. The Society is financed to 100% with donations