The Wounded Warrior Sailing Seminar will be held on Saturday, Aug 16 – 17th and we need of you!
Earlier this year, GSC agreed to work with the local US Coast Guard Auxiliary and The Wounded Warrior Project to put on a sailing seminar for some of our finest. I am SO excited to be chairing this event and I really hope that GSC members will roll out the red carpet for our wounded warriors and invite them into our Club.
The WWP Seminar will be very similar to our sailing seminar with a difference in the content and the time commitment. This seminar will be over a period of 2 days instead of 4 and we will be using the USCGA teaching outline for our work on the water. Overall, it will be a couple of hours of classroom teaching followed by on the water training and then a fun social event on the dock to round out the two days.
The WWP has a mission to provide many events and opportunities for education for soldiers who have served our country and have come home with lasting injuries - be it a physical injury or mental trauma. Therefore, the number of soldiers on each boat will be limited to 2-3 given their disabilities and our ability to deal with the additional efforts that might come with them.
What do I need from you? I need a commitment from as many of you as possible to help us make this weekend special! We will be expecting between 40 and 50 participants and probably just as many family members who will be coming along to cheer them on for the weekend. Given the size of this event, I am hoping that I can count on as many members – skippers or not – to man the following jobs for the weekend:
- Welcome party on the dock in the mornings of the Seminar
- 16-22 Sailboats with skippers for on-the-water training
- 1-2 chase boats with drivers to be available for on-the-water safety
- A family check-in and information desk
- Spectator boats in order to watch the training on the water
- Cooler management to assist our skippers stock their coolers with drinks and ice
- Social event coordination for the dock parties to follow the training What can skippers expect while training?
The USCGA will handle the classroom portion of the training and then GSC will step in. Following brief safety instructions, the wounded warriors will step aboard for the adventure of their lives. I have called for excellent weather and winds so the sailing should be fun, lively and educational. We will complete all of the rotations to each crew position on the boat as we do in our annual event and, if there is time, maybe we can throw a quick W2 in for some competition! Following our return to the docks, the soldiers will assist putting the boat up and then they will join their family and GSC on the docks for some sailing stories and camaraderie.
In the word of Army Specialist Garth Pepion of the Army, who sailed at the 2012 WWP event in Annapolis, “This was the greatest day of my life.” VADM Phillip Cullom (N-4) also said at the conclusion, “Today is a special day for wounded warriors and all who supported the (event). We all have a choice in life, regardless of our circumstances and challenges. We all can learn from each other. We all can challenge ourselves to do something new and different. This was one of those special days for all of us.” I am hoping that all of our GSC members will step forward and give our soldiers that challenge in August and will sign up to help with this very special event.
Please block out this weekend on your calendars and reach out to me soon to put your name on the Skipper’s List. If you do not have a boat or can only commit to a spectator boat or to helping with the festivities, please contact me to add your name as a volunteer. You can reach me by email (
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Julie Jacob, Past Commodore