BEYOND OUR CAMPS
Sailing doesn’t stop with our camps. In fact, we encourage all of our participants to get involved with their local sailing communities. Beyond our training camps, Warrior Sailing offers our graduates unique opportunities to get on the water, learn new skills, become part of the sailing community and have a blast all at the same time. Check out some of these opportunities here.
National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic
Sailing Foundation Vessel Deliveries
Charleston Race Week
Charleston Race Week is an annual regatta that is the largest keelboat regatta in the United States. The continually growing event has a unique flare that takes on the characteristics of the southern hospitality charm of the city of Charleston, South Carolina at “one of the best regatta venues in the sport.” Warrior Sailing has attended this regatta for two consecutive years in the small keelboat fleet of J22’s and in the large boat fleet with the Foundation’s largest sailboat, 84’ Metolius. Warrior Sailing’s participation in Charleston Race Week highlights the additional sailing opportunities provided to camp graduates. Not only do the participants increase their sailing skills during this event, but also had the opportunity to grow their network within the sailing community by being present at this largest regatta in the United States. Check out the videos below to learn more.
Vineyard Cup is three days of racing around Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of mainland Massachusetts. This popular mid-summer event attracts five classes of sailing vessels from the classic division that showcases wooden boats to high-tech racing boats with professional crews. In total the event attracts nearly 100 boats as participants in the event. All proceeds benefit Sail MV offering free sailing programs for kids. There is a strong emphasis on fun and post sailing gatherings among the competitors at the race village in Tisbury Wharf. Warrior Sailing fields a team while using the boats donated to the USMMA Sailing Foundation. In 2016, Kings Point alumni joined the team aboard the beautiful Oriole, an S&S Classic Daysailor.
J22 World Championships
The J22 World championship was held in August of 2016 in Kingston, Ontario Canada. A competitive team of warrior graduates trained for one full year to compete in this world championship. The Warrior team of 2 graduates and coach Ed Norton competed in the ‘open regatta’ and were the only team with crew who have a disability. The team was also accompanied by 2 shore support warriors who helped with logistics and learned about competing in an international event. The team had 2 top ten finishes and finished 30 out of 41 competitors. This was a tremendous accomplishment with only three years of sailing experience by the two warriors sailing aboard the Foundation owned J22.
Atlantic Cup – THE LONGEST OFFSHORE RACE IN THE WESTERN ATLANTIC
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is a hard-fought, intense double-handed, offshore race held on the eastern seaboard of the United States in the even years. With over 1,000 nautical miles of offshore racing, the Atlantic Cup is the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic. With three different stages, a long distance leg, a sprint leg and a crewed inshore series, the Atlantic Cup is one of the toughest sailing races around. In addition, the Atlantic Cup provides shore-based activities for fans of all ages plus it is the most environmentally sustainable sailing race in the U.S. The Atlantic Cup starts in Charleston, stops in New York City, and ends in Portland, Maine. The organizing group for the event, Manuka SEM, took a group of warriors as volunteers to see the ‘behind the scene’ event planning for this popular offshore sailing race. The implementation of the Warrior Sailing Challenge Cup was introduced during the offshore leg from Charleston to New York City. The culmination of this challenge cup was participation by Warriors aboard one of the race boats, ‘Amhas’, during the Pro-Am day racing in New York City Harbor. The Warriors were aboard for the day race raising money and awareness for future Warrior Sailors. It was a great introduction to larger format racing boats and a great way to be introduced to a network of sailors.
Sail for Hope
In the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and in the skies over Pennsylvania, a few local sailing enthusiasts scrambled to organize a regatta to honor and support those impacted by this tragedy. The first Sail For Pride Regatta rallied over 180 boats in Newport, RI and $110,000 designated for charities to support the NYFD firefighters, police and the victims of the attacks and their families. The display of patriotism and generosity on and off the water made a lasting impression in the sailing community. After the inaugural year, the organizers retired the name Sail for Pride, but continued the event as Sail For Hope, reflecting the Rhode Island state motto and aimed at supporting local charities. Charities supported over the years have included RI Red Cross, Seamen’s Church Institute, Newport Harbormaster’s Emergency Equipment Fund, local public high school sailing teams, US Olympic Sailing Trials and many more, including a huge fund-raising year in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. To date, over $1,000,000 has been raised for various charities.
Warrior Sailing has been honored to be one of the charities for this event. Bringing warriors and staff to sail aboard a Foundation vessel and a generously donated Class 40 race boat during the Sail for Hope event. The one day regatta was a chance for graduates to sail in Newport and also raise awareness for the program.
Clagett/Oakcliff Match Racing
Sparked from the idea of Timmy Larr, 24 sailors and countless volunteers gathered July 15-17, 2016 to take part in the inaugural Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race for sailors with adaptive needs. Led by the always entertaining coach Dave Perry, eight Sonar teams dove head first into the world of match racing, many for the first time in their otherwise prolific careers. Hosted by the Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay, NY, Warrior Sailing contributed the boat adaptations for the sailors with disabilities and the setup of those boats by Gene Hinkel. Warrior Sailing also sent a team to complete in the event.