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Friday, October 08, 2004

 

GPS the San Francisco Bay

On Friday, 35 Northern California Rehabilitation counselors were hosted by the Sendero staff for a unique demonstration of BrailleNote GPS version 3 while cruising the bay on a Hornblower yacht. The wind was brisk and the weather gorgeous. The GPS told us we were going 10 miles per hour. A sighted guest said that Treasure Island looked like it was a mile away and the GPS told us it was 3 miles when we first set out.

Mike and Charles toasting to the release of version 3


the group in the yacht cabin enjoying the hors d'oeuvres



This enjoyable venue gave us a chance to explain how the accessible GPS works on land as well as by sea. The BrailleNote was connected to the yacht's sound system so passengers got a minute by minute update on our speed, heading and nearby points on land and water. Perched on the bow of the boat, precariously balancing a drink and shouting over the wind, one person said, "this is one of the best class rooms for a workshop I have ever been in!"

the group enjoying the view from the bow



"Admiral Hornblower, a 60-foot Carricraft built in 1970 and completely refurbished in 1998, has catamaran hulls to insure smooth sailing. She has two fully enclosed decks and an open-air bow perfect for enjoying cocktails as the sights pass by. The main deck features a hardwood dance floor, plush carpeting, a mahogany bar, complete sound system, and a fully equipped galley where all cuisine is freshly prepared on board by Hornblower's talented Chefs. The upper deck comfortably seats up to 32 guests at tables graced with white linens, china and brass lantern centerpieces."

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