Coordinates

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Coordinates

Follow the athletes around the world using #sunbrellauncharted and experience the athletic journey through their eyes.

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Cindy Walker &
Sarah Everhart-Skeels

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There’s freedom in the unknown.

The course you have planned for yourself isn’t the one you end up taking. Sometimes you have no choice but to throw your map away and figure it out as you go along. For Sarah and Cindy, there’s freedom in that, in the unknown. Because when you don’t know what’s next, anything is possible—both the things you never thought you’d do again and the things you could have never done before.

When Sarah’s spinal cord was injured in a cycling accident she lost more than the use of her legs. She had always been active—she’d been on a bike ride training for a triathlon during the accident—and in a moment it was all gone. She felt like she had lost the essence of who she was. Sailing was how she found it again.

Cindy knows the feeling. One day, when she was 14, she woke up paralyzed from a rare inflammatory disease. She would spend the next 10 years hoping to wake up again and find herself cured. It wasn’t until she began sailing that something changed. Out on the water, the weight of her disability melted away. She wasn’t just free of her crutch and her wheelchair; she was simply free.

For this team, “I don’t know; let’s figure it out,” might as well be their mantra. Life has taken them off course, but they’ve figured it out. They’re figuring it out, still. How do you design a new seat for your boat and your particular set of abilities? I don’t know; let’s figure it out. How do you succeed as a two-woman team against a field filled with men? I don’t know; let’s figure it out. How do you chase a dream and do something you could never have done before your accident? I don’t know; let’s figure it out. Together.

Olympic Class

SKUD-18 Paralympic Class

Hometown

S: Tiverton, RI
C: Plymouth, MA

Roles

S: Skipper
C: Crew

I think we’re trying to prove that two women can do just about anything they want to do, together.

Sarah

On the boat we’re both pushing it... let's push ourselves and just see what would happen. We know we have limits, but we don’t like to address them.

Cindy