The Vela Insieme association is a "sea school" accessible to all, operating in the Grosseto area. Over the years, it has developed its business on this philosophy, making the sea accessible and and creating navigation "tools" for aggregation and integration through the formation of mixed crews, disabled and non-disabled. The difficulties and obstacles of life on the boat can therefore become opportunities for dialogue and communication, for mutual understanding and comparison between all sportspeople.
Cruises and sea trips take place on board three sailing boats. These are three classic cruise boats of 12 and 14 meters, capable of hosting crews of eight. They are deliberately standard boats, in line with EU directives on the defense of the marine environment.
The association has many projects. On the one hand disabled people are offered the opportunity to access and experience normally precluded activities, while at the same time the members of the crew without disabilities have the opportunity to get to know the reality and the daily difficulties of their navigation companions.
Experiencing navigation through Velaterapia positively influences emotional well-being, the participant's self-determination and attitudes towards people with disabilities as well as the elimination of prejudices. The association also organizes "nautical weeks" for small groups of disabled people who are accompanied by expert skippers and nature experts who help new sailors discover sailing techniques as well as the intriguing marine ecosystem.