Military Veteran Sailing Program Sends Boats to Compete in Plastimo Lorient Mini 6.5 and Charleston Race Week

Fri, April 14, 2023 11:22 AM | Steve Young (Administrator)


As sailing enthusiasts gear up for a week of exhilarating competition on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. Patriot Sailing program is set to make waves with its military veteran sailors. This unique program, dedicated to empowering veterans through sailing, has boats competing in two prestigious events this week: the Plastimo Lorient Mini 6.5 race in France and Charleston Race Week in South Carolina.

U.S. Patriot Sailing is a military veteran sailing program that focuses on providing a supportive environment for veterans to heal, learn, and grow. Through the challenges and camaraderie of sailing, the program helps veterans develop leadership skills, build confidence, and rediscover their sense of purpose.

This week, the U.S. Patriot Sailing program is showcasing its dedication to sailing excellence by participating in two high-profile races.

Plastimo Lorient Mini 6.5 Race

The Plastimo Lorient Mini 6.5 is an esteemed double-handed sailing race held in France, attracting a diverse range of sailors from around the world. The race covers approximately 500 nautical miles and is open to competitors sailing Mini 6.50 class boats. These compact, high-performance sailing vessels are specifically designed for solo or double-handed offshore racing.

The race begins in Lorient, France, and takes competitors through a challenging course that tests their navigational skills, endurance, and mental fortitude. The sailors must rely on their own abilities and the performance of their boats to conquer the elements and the competition. U.S. Patriot Sailing is proud to have Peter Gibbons-Neff participating in this demanding race in his Class Mini 6.5, showcasing the resilience and skill of military veteran sailors.

Charleston Race Week

Closer to home, the U.S. Patriot Sailing program has two boats competing in the Charleston Race Week in South Carolina. This event is one of the largest and most popular regattas in the United States, with sailors from all over the country coming together to compete in a variety of classes.

Set against the backdrop of historic Charleston Harbor, the race week provides a thrilling experience for competitors and spectators alike. The event combines inshore and offshore racing, with boats navigating a mix of courses that test their tactical abilities and teamwork. The U.S. Patriot Sailing boats will be competing in their respective classes, demonstrating the prowess and determination of their veteran crews.

As the week unfolds, the U.S. Patriot Sailing program continues to demonstrate its commitment to empowering military veterans through the challenging and rewarding world of sailing. By participating in these high-profile races, the program highlights the incredible capabilities and resilience of its sailors, fostering a sense of pride and accomplishment that will last long after the races have ended.

The U.S. Patriot Sailing program relies on the generosity of individuals and organizations to continue its mission of empowering military veterans through sailing. By making a donation, you can directly contribute to the program's ability to provide veterans with training, equipment, and access to these transformative experiences. To support the U.S. Patriot Sailing program, please visit the official website There, you'll find information on how to make a secure online donation or explore other ways to contribute, such as volunteering your time or providing in-kind donations. By supporting this program, you're not only helping to change the lives of veterans but also celebrating their strength and resilience as they conquer new challenges and rediscover their purpose on the open seas.

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