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C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta in Newport RI.

Sailing Anarchy wishes all free-thinkers a Happy Independence Day; Mudratz co-founder and sailing cheerleader Brandon Flack sent in a great piece celebrating the shared history of the US and England on this special day.  Billy Black photo.

What better way to appreciate Independence Day than to celebrate the success of the WARRIOR SAILING PROGRAM?!  In the short time since its founding, the WSP has introduced more than 150 wounded active military or veterans to the sport of sailing.  Warrior Sailing program also has a competitive race team participating in both adaptive sailing and open racing throughout the US.  These sailors are graduates of the WSP program camps.

Last week’s program concluded with a big first place win for the Warriors in the Newport Sonar fleet at the Clagett Regatta, and some of our former colonial masters in Britain – the boys at Musto – have rewarded the Warriors’ success (and our “First Big Win” in 1776) with a donation of exactly $17,760 of Evolution Dynamic shirts to the program! These shirts will be given out to participating wounded veteran and active military personnel that attend our camps, and we thank Musto for the generous gift!

Program Overview: The Warrior Sailing Program is focused on introducing wounded, ill and injured military Service Members and Veterans to sailing and basic sailboat racing. The program is open to members of the Armed Forces; active duty, reserve, guard, or veteran. We offer basic and advanced training camps where we introduce participants to the sport of sailing, teach basic sailing skills and learn how to compete within the context of the sport of sailing. Additionally, we will provide resources to participants to be involved with the sport of sailing in their hometowns and how to advance in the sport, if they choose to do so. All instruction is facilitated by professional instructors and on equipment that is adapted to meet the individual needs of the qualified participants who meet the applicant requirements. For those that show a high level of skill, a commitment to training and an ambition to participate in competitive regattas, we offer the opportunity to try-out for the Warrior Sailing Team. The team participates in a variety of training camps and regattas around the country and works to open the sport of sailing to other Service Members and Veterans as they go.

Program Needs: Our goal is to cover all costs of attending the camp for our Service Members and Veterans. This includes coaching, lodging, travel, meals, equipment and so on. We cannot do this without local sponsors getting involved. Likewise, a goal of the program is to introduce our participants to local clubs/club members to reduce any potential anxiety over getting involved with their local Sailing Centers and Yacht Clubs when they head home. We want sailing to be a lifetime sport for these people and social aspect is paramount to keeping them engaged.

General Program Donations: Funding to support travel, lodging and overhead costs can be provided by making a donation to the foundation and is extremely helpful. Donations can be made to cover a single participant, multiple participants, or to generally support the program.

Watch a great video intro to the WSP here, and please support your sailing veterans with a donation here.

July 4th, 2016 by admin

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One of the breeziest Charleston Race Weeks in years wraps today, with waves so massive outside the jetties that organizers took the unprecedented step of moving the entire offshore racing fleet under the Ravenel Bridge for some tight windward/leewards in the Wando River.  Want to see how it all unfolds?  Watch Clean and the team on Facebook, all day.

Here’s a shot and story from the inshore course.

I have been a part of some epic knock-downs, but I think this one had even more special meaning.  I was onboard with two amputees and a blind guy that not only recovered from this 90 degree charleston harbor perfect 10, but proceeded to put the spinnaker up again and push to get it right.  I can’t tell you how amazing this group of men and women are that committed to sail in Charleston race week with Warrior Sailing Program. Back on the water today for some J22 action and big boat racing!

The Warrior Sailing Program is still seeking last bit of funding to help make their fund-raising goal!

This is the deal:  The men and women of Warrior Sailing Program have opportunities to sail onboard USMMA Sailing Foundation vessels.  One of the vessels provided this week is Metolius, an 84’ donated vessel.  All of the expenses for this opportunity are covered by the Foundation.  We need help from the sailing community to make this happen on a consistent basis. While we have been sailing in regattas and having a blast, these men and women have been fighting for our freedom and safety.  If everyone takes a minute and donates even $5, it is going to a worthy cause!

Please introduce yourself and come meet the Team!  We will be at all of the Charleston Race Week events sporting our awesome new Zhik gear.

-Ben ‘Pooch’ Poucher

April 17th, 2016 by admin

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Miami  to Havanna RaceThere are a few folks who truly stand out for their thankless, difficult work trying to build a future for this sport we love so much, and Ben Poucher is one of the most noteworthy.  He sends us the latest from the WARRIOR SAILING PROGRAM to try to get your support, and to remind everyone that the WSP has nothing to do with the scandalized Wounded Warrior organization – with Ben, your money actually goes to the veterans!  If you hate reading, just go and watch this great video about WSP.  Thanks to Marco Oquendo for the shot of the program-owned Trebuchet in Havana Harbor.

People who read the SA front page consistently might notice the name Ralf Steitz or USMMA Sailing Foundation on occasion – usually they’re getting some love for their efforts in supporting youth sailing initiatives.    But do people ACTUALLY know what they do for sailing?  I doubt it.  Not only does Ralf continue to support cadets at King’s Point and youth programs like 13Fifty Racing, but he has also committed to making Warrior Sailing Program a sustainable success story.  With over 120 graduated wounded veterans through the Basic Training Camps to date, the Warrior Sailing Program is expanding its horizons and challenging its graduates to new sailing adventures!  New initiatives for advanced training, offshore sailing opportunities, and able bodied regattas are all on the upcoming schedule.  WSP is the lead sailing program in adaptive sailing opportunities for wounded members of the armed services.

So what, exactly, is WSP about?  The Warrior Sailing Team is comprised of graduates from the training camps that are ambitious to race at a competitive level.  The WS Team will be competing in able-bodied and disabled body events through the spring/summer 2016. The first in a series of inshore training regattas for 2016 is Charleston Race Week.  The team’s season will continue with monthly regatta or training events and will culminate this August in Kingston, Ontario for the J22 WORLDS !

IMG_0254In addition to supporting Warriors on the J22 race circle during Charleston Race Week, Ralf and The Sailing Foundation are also offering their newest donated sailing vessel as an awesome platform for pursuit racing during the Charleston eent.  The 84 foot ‘Metolius’ will be a sight to see with Warriors taking their new skills aboard from April 14-17.  To add another event to the already busy April schedule, The Sailing Foundation is sending Kings Point Cadets along with youth sailors offshore onboard the Foundation Reichel/Pugh 69 Trebuchet in the Palm Beach To Charleston Race  April 8th.

The USMMA Sailing Foundation is taking the lead and needs your help to keep these initiatives and opportunities for youth and warriors!  Send your support to Warrior Sailing and go to the WARRIOR CAMPAIGN fundraising efforts, or go to the website to see how you can get involved!

If you see us in Charleston, please come introduce yourself!  Our top priority is to make the men and women who graduate from WSP camps feel welcome and included in the sailing community.  We all owe these warrior sailors a sincere ‘thank you’ for their service and sacrifice. Support Warrior Sailing, not other initiatives that don’t directly impact those that need it the most.

-Ben ‘Pooch’ Poucher, Director

Warrior Sailing Program


April 3rd, 2016 by admin