Sail Ahead Provides Local Veterans Sailing Experience

Sail Ahead Provides Local Veterans Sailing Experience

024Sail Ahead just completed our first sailing outing with the Northport VA Medical Center.

After a few months of prep work, some convincing, planning, a few scheduling setbacks due to weather, everything fell into place on July 22.

With perfect weather and the strong support of Oakcliff Sailing , OBMC, the Waterfront Center, the Greenlawn American Legion Post 1244, and Northport VA, Sail Ahead is proud to say that everybody had a great time. For some veterans this was actually their very first time sailing.  We feel fortunate to have been the ones making this experience possible.

Below are some quotes from our guests:

“Really had a great day … helping veterans feel wonderful… unbelievable beginning for Sail Ahead… Looking forward to next sail… thank you all.”

“I had an unbelievably great time – I cannot even begin to express my gratitude for such a great day!! Thank you thank you thank you very much!! With much appreciation!!”

“I cannot even begin to tell you how much I appreciated all you did for all us vets today. My first time on a sailboat could not have been better. I cannot even begin to express my appreciation. You were all so kind and patient.”

The outing took place the morning of July 22 with the breeze at about 15knots, temperature in the mid-80s and barely any clouds. We started out in the bay under the protection of the shore, allowing our guests to get acquainted with the four boats and the RIB and giving them time to get acclimated to being on the water. Later in the day, we moved onto open waters (Long Island Sound), which provided an even greater appreciation of what sailing is all about.

The joy of giving is in so many ways as great as the joy of receiving! This has been proven yet again during this outing!

Our next challenge at Sail Ahead is to launch an even larger operation on August 22 with the added participation of the Northport Yacht Club and possibly the USMMA in which we will be launching fleets from Oyster Bay, Northport and Kings Point!

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