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01 Rowers with disabilities gathered at St. Joe’s boathouse on Saturday to participate in one of the largest adaptive regattas in the country. Rowing is an attractive adaptive sport because it gives the disabled a chance to leave their chairs behind and go out on the water.

02 Many of the competitors are accompanied by an able-bodied rower who helps direct the boat. The assistant has to row with the same limitations and pace as the adaptive rower.

03 A scull is towed by a motored launch during the BAYADA regatta.

04 Bobby Beck, 8, of Philadelphia competes in the Recreational Arms and Shoulders Men’s final with his helper Alex Seelaus.

05 Danny Wheeler, 28 of Cherry Hill, comes up from the dock with his service dog Buck after getting second place in his race. “When I’m out on the water he misses me,” Wheeler said. “He sees my empty chair and he gets kind of upset.”

06 Danny Wheeler, 28, left, relaxes on the dock of the St. Joe’s boathouse with his father Bill and his sister Melissa. Bill made sure that from a young age his children were involved in as many sports and activities as possible.

07 Coaches from Jacksonville participate in the ALS ice bucket challenge at the end of the regatta.

08 After the ice bucket challenge, coaches from Jacksonville jump into the Schuylkill at the end of the regatta.