In the News: Veterans to set sail with Warrior Sailing Program

In the News: Veterans to set sail with Warrior Sailing Program

For 21 military veterans, the word “can’t” is the one thing they won’t be bringing with them to San Diego Harbor. Not willing to let injury or medical condition hold them back from the rest of their lives, these disabled veterans will take part in a novice sailing camp from Monday, May 4 to Wednesday, May 6 at the San Diego Yacht Club on Point Loma.

The Warrior Sailing Program was founded with a mission to introduce active military and disabled veterans to the sport of sailing, with opportunities ranging from introductory-level sailing to world- championship competition. Together with the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge, these organizations give back the gift of competition, camaraderie and being a part of a unit.

Participants who need an inspiration won’t have to look far, as the program’s founder is Jen French, a Paralympic medalist. “The goal is to share the spirit of sailing with our military warriors and to teach them skills on the water and for a better quality of life,” French said.

The free program features adaptive technology brought in by the program and sailboats provided by San Diego Yacht Club, which will be hosting the program. Participants come from all branches of the military and have varying injuries that range from limb loss, traumatic brain injuries and post- traumatic stress disorder, to name a few.

“Sailing is an inclusive sport and community,” stated French. “There is a restorative, healing process that sailing provides, and it also gives them a chance to flex their competitive muscles.”

Participants will sail together in teams of three on J-22 sailboats, with each team having an on-board professional coach. The basic training camp is the West Coast debut of the program.

For yacht club commodore John Laun, this program is the perfect way for his group to use its resources and sport knowledge to give back to the community that has served this country.

“The San Diego Yacht Club is very proud to host the Warrior Sailing Program’s basic training camp,” Laun said. “Hopefully, many of the participants will find sailing and racing enjoyable, and all will certainly benefit from the lessons in leadership skills, teamwork and self-reliance learned on a sailing race course.”

Camp graduates will learn about local sailing opportunities through yacht club outreach and the Challenged Sailors San Diego (www.challengedsailors.org). Select graduates will join the Warrior Sailing Team to learn advanced racing skills and compete in open racing events and those for the disabled across the country and around the world, including the US Disabled National Championship in San Diego Aug. 27 through 29.

More information on the Warrior Sailing Program can be found at warriorsailing.org.

Source: San Diego Community News Group – Veterans to set sail with Warrior Sailing Program at San Diego Yacht Club

In the News: Veterans to set sail with Warrior Sailing Program

Warrior Sailing Novice Camp

wsp-logo-blueThe weather is pretty nice here in Florida.  (Sorry to all the CWVC fans outside of the Sunshine State!)  With that in mind, our thoughts turn to the next Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge.

In partnership with US Sailing and the USMMA Sailing Foundation, CWVC is proud to announce new Adaptive Sailing Novice Camps for our wounded and injured veterans!  If you want to get your competitive juices flowing, this might be just the opportunity you’ve been searching for.

This unique program has been running for a while and our nonprofit was fortunate enough to work with Jen French, Ralf Steitz and other key members of the program to offer it as one of our Challenges.  The goal is to introduce to injured and wounded military veterans the sport of sailing and give them a chance to learn basic sailboat racing.

The camps are 3-day intensive courses focused on skill development to manage a boat on the water as well as societal skills, which may translate to personal and job skill development. Participants will be given resources to continue with the sport if they so choose.

There are 3 camps.  

The first one is already closed – March 30-April 2 right in our very own backyard -St. Petersburg, Florida.  The second camp is May 4-6 in San Diego and the last one is in Galveston, Texas September 8-10.

Who can participate?

  • Seeking a broad mix of participants with disabilities
  • Male and Female
  • Combat Wounded and Injured
  • Spec Forces
  • 21-65 years of age
  • Amputees – mix of lower and upper extremities
  • Some TBI/PTS
  • Some Paralysis
  • Must be communicative and able to transfer themselves.

If you desire to get involved in this new adaptive competitive sailing program for newbies, Click here to go to the CWVC website page and begin the online application.

Good luck and we’ll see you out on the water soon!

Challenge Warrior Sailing Selfie…

Challenge Warrior Sailing Selfie…

It’s not easy but this Combat Wounded Challenge Warrior is taking a selfie while sailing. We have some of the most talented guys out there!! Check out their pictures and comments on Facebook and our Website!