BRITISH SOLDIER (U.K. - ASA)
In 2011 British Soldier competed in the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series: a series of races from the Caribbean up the East Coast of the USA, plus a trans-Atlantic race and the famous Fastnet race. This endeavor involved 69 serving crew members and covered 11,000 miles. They sail on today in is excellent form.
U.S. PATRIOT Sailing's primary activities center on "Big Boat" racing on the Chesapeake Bay, however, crews have competed annually in several of the East Coast Offshore events - It is our program goal someday competing in the Trans-Atlantic Ocean Race.
For training and inshore racing the program offers access to weekly events in Norfolk, VA and Little Creek, VA and multiple weekend regattas throughout the Chesapeake region .
Further, U.S. PATRIOT Sailing looks for opportunities to place Veterans on performance teams when U.S. PATRIOT Sailing is not registered for the event.
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Soldier On - Sail (Australia)
The Australian's effort accomplished the "Everest Of Sailing" this year by competing in the Sydney Hobart Regatta. Well Done, Mates! www.soldieron.org.au
Competitive sailing provides a unique environment where Veterans of all types and ages can come together to compete as a team; navigate dynamic challenges; experience healthy adrenaline, excitement, calm and peace; and enjoy camaraderie - all in one event.
Harnessing our nation’s Heroes' endless drive and determination, U.S. PATRIOT Sailing will compete at the highest level of amateur sport, and help our Heroes navigate to a healthful course.
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Toe in the Water - (United Kingdom)
The U.K. program was founded in 2008. Toe in the Water has been very successful and is directly incorporated into Soldiers rehabilitation treatment. Their positive impact is undeniable! www.toeinthewater.org
Below are a few unaffiliated efforts across the oceans - all recognizing the benefit competitive sailing can offer Veterans.
Ronnie Simpson : (U.S. Disabled Veteran)
2012 Trans-PAC solo winner/ Sydney Hobart veteran: Ronnie Simpson's story and personal accomplishments and goals, epitomize the reasons competitive sailing is a great environment for Disabled Veterans! Ron is currently sailing the Pacific on his way to Australia. Follow him at www.openbluehorizon.com and www.ronniesimpsonracing.com