Sail Ahead’s first annual event, “Let’s Take a Veteran Sailing,” was by far a great success! Generously hosted by Centerport Yacht Club in Centerport, NY and with the participation of 80 veterans and over 200 skippers/crews/guests, we had 31 sailboats, two RIBS, and one helicopter.

The USMMA Sailing Foundation and Oakcliff Sailing also supported our event by providing boats, cadets and skippers. The youngest veteran was 25 years old and the oldest was 92. We were privileged to have five veterans over the age of 80! Everyone enjoyed the event!

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Veronica Duclay, Long Island

Editor’s note: Veronica is the mother of Sail Ahead co-founders Kilian Duclay (age 18) and Sean Duclay (16). “Sail Ahead: Healing Wounded Veterans Through Sailing” appeared in our August issue. We applaud the efforts of everyone at Sail Ahead and their supporters, and look forward to the expansion of this amazing program. Keep up the great  work, guys!