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Musto and Torqeedo make our European coverage possible this month, please check out their offerings online or at the METS show this week.

At the invitation of onsite project manager Jan Majer, I took a quick side trip yesterday to the industrial wasteland of Burriana, Spain a few hours south of Barcelona.  That’s the home of Longitud Cero – Spain’s top composite boatbuilder and the temporary home of the new Warrior (ex-Camper).  She’s already had all her moving bits stripped off with some modifications scheduled for next week, and will be coming soon to an island regatta near you some time this winter.  You’ll barely recognize her when you see her, but you’ll never forget the new paint job – we discussed this, the bigger modifications to the boat,  the Warrior Sailing Project, and tons of other subjects in ultra-high performance racing with Jan and rigger Ryan Breymaier during a great SA Podcast that will drop next week.  Will the boat originally nicknamed “Clifford” for her doggish ways become one of the fastest monohulls in the world?  Keep an eye here for the podcast…

Special thanks to Bruce Schwab/Ocean Planet Energy and Doyle Sails NZ for their support of our reporting, and a special note to the media team at ISAF World Sailing; while there’s plenty they do poorly, their live streaming of the important Annual Conference is solid and well-considered, and it allowed me to take a side trip to a cool spot rather than sitting in my ass in a meeting all day.  If you have a reason to care about the governance of the Olympics and the sport itself, there’s hours and hours of occasionally useful information in the videos here.

Title shout to one of the pioneers of hard core and an appropriate song for all Americans this week.

November 12th, 2016 by admin

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On this Veteran’s Day, Sailing Anarchy salutes every vet for their service and bravery.  A single look at the world news tells us that freedom ain’t free, and it’s often paid for in blood.  To thank and honor all vets, we turn it over to longtime SA’er Ben Poucher, Program Director for Warrior Sailing.  

Hey SAers!

We’re happy to bring Sailing Anarchists a Veteran’s Day update for the Warrior Sailing Program, where we graduated 27 new sailors from another successful Basic Training camp in St. Pete just this past week!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALifelong sailing cheerleader Ralf Steitz and the USMMA Sailing Foundation are once again leading the charge in the introduction and continuing development of new sailors in the United States.  The foundation’s newest program, Warrior Sailing, is introducing visibly and non-visibly injured men and women of the armed services to the sport of sailing.  Including last week’s Basic Training Camp hosted by the St. Pete Sailing Center, The Warrior Sailing Program has graduated over 165 wounded warrior sailors since starting in 2013!

The WSP consists of a staged developmental progress that begins with Basic Training.

1. The Basic Training camp is a 3-day learn-to-sail and race opportunity. The camps provide professional coaches onboard each boat, adaptive sailing equipment, sails, accommodations, travel expenses, meals, and FUN!

2. The next level is Advanced Training camp for graduates of the BTC.  These camps will begin in 2016 at various locations throughout the US (TBD).  The Advanced camps will develop advanced racing techniques and sailing skills.  Please let us know if your club is interested in hosting an Advanced Camp and helping us raise funds for a sustainable future. 

3. The final level is to qualify for a spot on the Warrior Sailing Team.  The team travels to regattas throughout the United States to compete under the Warrior Sailing flag.  These individuals compete in both adaptive sailing and open sailing regattas like Charleston Race Week.

If you are a wounded, ill, or injured veteran or active military person that wants to get involved, go to our website and sign up for Basic Training!

Keep up with our team and program at our Facebook page.

-Ben Poucher

November 11th, 2015 by admin

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Our apologies for missing Veterans’ Day by a few, but big props to Ben Poucher and the USMMA Sailing Foundation for continuing to do great things with sailboats for our American servicemen.  Pooch checks in below.

The Warrior Sailing program was created in 2013 through a partnership between US Sailing and The USMMA Sailing Foundation.  Additional support has come from the adaptive sailing community and local sailing clubs like St. Pete Sailing Center, Chicago Yacht Club, and Texas Corinthian Yacht Club (to name a few).  All of these groups working together have successfully provided opportunities to veterans to learn the sport of sailing.  Warrior Sailing has organized multiple 3-day intense camps, where veterans learn from professional coaches the basics of sailing and racing.  From these camps individuals that want to pursue the sport have come forward and asked us to keep coaching them and the natural progression was to develop a ‘core team’.  With additional support from the Foundation and continuing hard work from the ‘core team’, we attended the National Disabled Championships in Galveston in late October.  Our two military rookie teams showed tremendous amounts of dedication to training and learning the sport throughout the summer and fall seasons.  With the help of legendary coach and program co-director Lee Icyda, this group won Nationals with one entry, our second entry taking 5th.  Pretty amazing for only having 7 months of sailing experience! It was a humbling experience for the coaches and all of the support staff.

We’re happy to announce that we have been granted an adaptive sports grant from the Veterans Administration for 2015 – the first such grant awarded to the famous USMMA Sailing foundation run by everyone’s favorite smiling German, Ralfie Steitz. This grant sets a solid base of monetary support for 2015, but we are still in need of additional support!

Our team of directors, coaches, advisors, and strategic partners look forward to the furthering development of The Warrior Sailing Program 3-day open camps for 2015.  We are also excited about the upcoming traveling ‘core team’ of wounded vets coming to a sailing venue near you!  If you like this kind of thing, please head over to our Facebook Page and like us, and stay tuned for schedules and planning for the upcoming season!

If you are interested in helping support these deserving individuals, or you are a veteran that wants to get involved, please go to our website and send me an inquiry.  If you are feeling particularly generous and want to donate directly to our cause, please go to this link and donate a gift to the warrior sailing program though the USMMA sailing foundation website. www.usmmasailingfoundation.org



November 13th, 2014 by admin