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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