US Sailing’s Sailor of the Month award acknowledges sailing achievements by people involved or associated with the sport in all its forms. Here is the latest recipient.
Blind sailor, Kris Scheppe (Naples, Fla.), has overcome his sight limitations in a myriad of ways through his adventurous goals and achievements, and now he wants to share that excitement and passion with others.
Scheppe was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a genetic eye disease, at a young age. Over time, he lost his peripheral vision and is legally blind in most cases.
Scheppe, 37, has been sailing since he was 11. He started sailing with his parents aboard a San Juan 21 on Lake Norman in North Carolina. His father taught him the art of sailing. After moving to Wisconsin in 1994, Scheppe and his father frequently cruised Lake Michigan.
In his college years, he founded the Florida Gulf Coast University Sailing Club in Fort Myers, and the program is now an active participant in the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA).