|My name is Nichole Rider and I am a disabled sailor from Laramie,Wyoming (just recently moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL in February 2012). I am fairly new to the sport of sailing as I just started in April of 2010. I had never sailed before I went to Miami, FL for vacation in April 2010. While in Miami, I connected with a community boating center and had the opportunity to get out on a sail boat and the first time I took the helm, I found my passion in life!
Over the course of the summer of 2010, I exploded into the sailing world, racing in six regattas. I raced in all but one regatta in a 17 foot ODay Day Sailer and the other regatta I raced in an E Scow. The other boats I have sailed include a Sonar, a Freedom 20, Wavelength 24, Atlantic 30, J/22, J/24, J/30, Catalina 25, an Ideal 18, a SKUD 18, a Hobie 16, Hobie 20, Martin 16, Challenger (trimaran), a Hobie Islander and an Access 303 Wide Dinghy. With thanks to all of my new sailing friends, this has been quite an accomplishment for me as a partial quadriplegic!
With my new found passion and my eagerness to share my energy and enthusiasm, I have become very active in my local sailing community. Getting others out on the water, whether new or experienced, able or disabled sailors, in a boat every chance I get. I started the Windy Wyoming Sailing Club in Laramie, WY with a couple of sailing friends. We are more of a virtual club with membership of 64 thus far! I was named Sailor of the Week by US SAILING the first week of December 2010 and I was the ARGO Challenge Ambassador of the Week in February 2011. In addition, in December 2010 I had the opportunity to be in the Winterfest Boat Parade in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on the float The 12 Dinghies of Christmas with Anna Tunnecliffe, the 2008 Gold Medalist in the Laser Radial. I also helped to spearhead the effort to bring the first ever Road to Rolex Womens Sailing Clinic to Denver, CO that was open to able and disabled women sailors of all ability levels and was held June 10-12, 2011.
The summer of 2011 has been amazing racing in six regattas!! But I must say the greatest joy has been giving back to the sport by putting on sailing and kayaking clinics. I helped with an adaptive boating clinic in Ft Collins, CO on June 24, 2011 providing the sailing aspect of the clinic. The end of June, my team and I provided the sailing at the 2011 No Barriers Festival in Winter Park, CO. This was an international event with around 700 adaptive athletes. In August, I organized a day of sailing and kayaking at a local reservoir here in Laramie, WY getting the youth program from the Warren Air Force Base involved. We had a second clinic in September due to the tremendous turnout from the event in August. We had 30 people at both events!!
What else can I say? Sailing is the GREATEST sport of all!!
Posted By: Nichole ••••••DATE: January 22, 2012
"I believe that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but, we are responsible for who we become." ~Unkown~
Well, here it is a third of the way through the first month of 2012! Where does the time go!! Time truly does fly when you are having fun!!
2012 is off to a fantastic start for me! I resigned my position as a licensed insurance agent in September 2011 to pursue a career in motivational/inspirational speaking!
I am headed to South Florida for the month of February and into the first week of March. I already have ten speaking engagements lined up and I can hardly wait to get on the water and go sailing again!
Below is a schedule of my speaking engagements. If any of you are in the area, feel free to stop by! Or if you know of any club, organization, business, school, etc. that needs a dose of inspiration....let me know!
Feb 2, 2012 Rotary Club of Miami 12:15pm Hard Rock Cafe
Feb 4, 2012 HeartCamp Ft Lauderdale, FL 4:15pm
Feb 7, 2012 Ft Lauderdale Beach Rotary Club Ft Lauderdale, FL 12:15pm at Ocean Manor Resort on Galt Ocean Drive
Feb 7, 2012 Palm Beach Sailing Club, West Palm Beach, FL 7pm
Feb 9, 2012 Ft Lauderdale North Rotary Club Coral Ridge Yacht Club 12:00pm
Feb 21, 2012 Women's Business Council Meeting (Miami Chamber of Commerce) 8:30am; 1920 Meridian Ave Miami Bch 33139
Feb 22, 2012 Key Largo Rotary Club, Key Largo, FL 7:30am
Feb 24, 2012 Ft Lauderdale Rotary Club, Tower Club 7:30am
Mar 2, 2012 Key Biscayne Rotary Club Key Biscayne Yacht Club 7:30am
Mar 6, 2012 Rotary Club of South Miami, Carrabba's Italian Grill, South Miami 12:15pm
Mar 15, 2012 Key West Rotary Club; Casa Marina 12:00pm
Mar 21, 2012 West Marine Superstore Seminar, Ft Lauderdale, FL 6:00pm
April 3, 2012 Islamorada Rotary Club, Islamorada, FL 12:00pm
April 4, 2012 Rotary Club of Homestead; Capri Restarant 12:00pm
April 5, 2012 Marine Historical Society Ft Lauderdale City Hall 7:30pm
April 9. 2012 Rotary Club of Miami Dadeland-Pinecrest; Dadeland Marriott Hotel 7:30am
April 10, 2012 Rotary of Ft Lauderdale/Cypress Creek 12:00pm at the Westin Hotel on Cypress Creek Road just east of I-95
April 12, 2012 Lauderdale By The Sea Women's Group 11:30pm Coral Ridege Yacht Club
April 17, 2012 Rotary Club of Miami Brickell 8:00am Perricone's Marketplace at 15 SE 10th Street, Miami FL
April 24, 2012 Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Clinic Tampa, FL with Canadian Paralympic Sailor Danny McCoy
April 26, 2012 Rotary Club of St Petersburg, FL; 6pm Hilton in downtown St. Petersburg
May 12, 2012 Eastern Wyo College Graduation (Douglas Branch) Douglas, WY 2:00pm
May 13, 2012 Douglas High School Graduation, Douglas, WY 2:00pm
May 14, 2012 Laramie Plains Civic Center, Laramie, WY 12:30PM to 2:30pm
May 15, 2012 Douglas Middle School, Douglas, WY 1:30pm
July 18, 2012 Davie-Cooper City Rotary Club, Davie, FL The Ark Restaurant 12noon
All the best in this wonderful year 2012!!