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09-03-2012 08:11 PM
Re: Sailing opportunities for Wounded Vets???


Sent an e-mail to your address. Love to have you come out with us soon.
09-03-2012 04:14 PM
Re: Sailing opportunities for Wounded Vets???

I added my email to the first post, thanks for the tip Donna.

Tundrasailor, it's funny that you mention Ronnie Simpson. I recently stumbled across an article about him and started watching his videos and following his blog. Definitely an inspiration. Unfortunately, his clinics are on the west coast. Seems like he'd be a great person to learn from.

The 2.4mR boats looks pretty fun! Hadn't seen them before.
09-01-2012 09:16 PM
Re: Sailing opportunities for Wounded Vets???

Hi Steven,
I get it. You've got the drive to learn to sail and don't want to mess around on these weekend leisure cruises. Best way to learn and learn fast is through racing.

There are some fantastic para sailing fleets that have a very active racing communities and I'm sure they'd love to have you in their ranks. The guys that race the 2.4mR class are usually serious racers and fantastic sailors - no weekend pleasure sailing mumbo jumbo. I'd contact a local 2.4mR group by finding them online, or maybe yahoo group or the class association and go from there.

If it were me, I'd be trying to get my hands on a 2.4mR (The International 2.4 Metre Class Association) boat through finding a local club that races these. They look like a pile of fun and wish I had a chance to race them. You won't be cruising off into the sunset with one, but after learning to sail it, you'll have the sailing skill to get you anywhere.

There are other classes of boats to learn on as well, but it sounds like the 2.4mR is what you're after.
09-01-2012 08:30 PM
Re: Sailing opportunities for Wounded Vets???

Hi Steven!

First, let me say "thank you" from a retired Army vet and I'm thankful for men like you who continue to serve our country and are willing to sacrifice for our great nation! Hooah!

You may wan to check out this web site:

and see if they are still doing their Wounded Warrior Sailing Clinics. They were supposed to have two in 2012. It is Run by a former Marine Ronnie Simpson and it looks like exactly what you are looking for.

Hope this helps, and again thank you for your service to our nation on behalf of me and my family!
09-01-2012 08:49 AM
Re: Sailing opportunities for Wounded Vets???

You need ten posts before you can send or receive private messages (PMs) in the forum, but if you can post a contact email, you might get some crew opportunities from Sailnet members. In the meantime, Spinsheet Magazine lists crew opportunities for races in the Annapolis area.

SpinSheet - Chesapeake Bay Sailing Magazine
09-01-2012 08:23 AM
Re: Sailing opportunities for Wounded Vets???

Thanks everyone.

I'm somewhat familiar with the Wounded Warrior and Walter Reed programs down here and up in NY. From what I've been told these are mostly to get people out on the water for a fun week/weekend and are more of an orientation ride than formal training. Also, with the number of troops currently in treatment in the area, I don't like taking slots away from someone who could benefit more from it. Being able to get out away from the hospital for a few days here and there was a life saver for me and my family!

I like the idea of getting involved with a racing fleet. I'm curious how to go about it though. Without owning a boat or being a member of club, how do I make this happen?
08-31-2012 09:51 AM
Re: Sailing opportunities for Wounded Vets???

Hello Steven;

I'm retired Army myself. Will echo Donna's recommendation of CRAB. Also, will send you a private message so you can get on my crew list.
08-31-2012 08:36 AM
Re: Sailing opportunities for Wounded Vets???

Steve, I'm up in Massachusets so i can't paricularly help. However, my club does a lot of work with adaptive sailing. We primarily use Sonar class sailboats (23'). They even accommodate paraplegics using a hydraulic lift to get them into a special seat in the boat so they can access all the lines. So, based on that, I think you'll be able to find something (non-profit?) in your area. Good luck. Army strong!
08-30-2012 11:57 PM
Re: Sailing opportunities for Wounded Vets???

God bless you

If the wounded warrior program is not a good fit, try the Harbor 20 race fleet at Annapolis YC ( Peter Trogdan is Fleet Captain look up on AYC website ) They sail year round and I am guessing would be welcoming to have you crew and learn the ropes.

The Harbor 20 is a safe boat for you. No hiking, big comfortable cockpit, and simple to use.
08-30-2012 09:19 PM
Re: Sailing opportunities for Wounded Vets???

Sounds like an interesting opportunity.

I was curious about something like this myself. I'm active Army and thought it would be good to help others go sailing. I didn't lose any limbs but I did have a close experience with an IED. Good to see you're out there staying active. Plenty of things to be done in the world.

Best of luck to you. ASA 101 is a good course. I did it in Texas while I was on leave last year and enjoyed it very much.
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