Adaptive Sailing Challenge


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KO Sailing was founded 15 years ago. Today, the tradition continues with new owner Mark McNamara. A well-known and accomplished racer in his own right, Mark’s vision is to support the youth, performance and recreational boating community in Houston, Texas and beyond, charting the course for a whole new generation of champions. At KO Sailing, we truly understand your on-the-water needs. So whether it’s a pair of hiking pants for your Laser sailor, a comfortable lifejacket for your kayaker, or simply a pat on the back before your Optimist tyke’s first race, you’ve found the right people.

DATES: October 20 – November 1, 2014

LOCATION: Sea Scout Base, Galveston Texas


CWVC conducted the Dry Tortugas Sail Challenge 14-24 May 2014 aboard the 75-ft ketch – GRAND NELLIE – in the Florida Keys. This included a case study to compare and contrast design limitations for upper and lower limb prosthetics, and the impact of this type of maritime expedition on TBI and PTS patients. The Galveston Sail Training and Championships is designed as a follow-on challenge for those sailors interested in additional training, competition, therapy and evidence-based field studies.

Adaptive Sailing allows combat wounded and injured veterans to partake in the competitive world of sailing while maintaining a sense of independence and focus. An assessment system is used to determine a handicap rating.

CWVC Challenge Warriors /Sailors will participate in a one-week sailing camp in Sonars (aka 3-man keel boats) leading to the 2014 Galveston Disabled Sailing Championship and possibly the subsequent US Disabled Sailing Championship in Galveston. UPDATE: CWVC Teams took 1st and 2nd Place in the US Disabled Sailing Championship!!

The training camp will focus on boat handling, boat speed, tactics, and wind.

CWVC expects to field five crews for the Sonars, totaling 15 sailors for the events.

If you are interested in participating in the Adaptive Sailing Championships Challenge, please contact Gerard Coleman at or call 409-392-0432.

Download the flyer here.

Sponsorship opportunities remain available to underwrite the Challenge. Call CWVC for details at 727-942-8415.


Video from our last sailing challenge: