We are passionate sailors; we do not claim to be medical experts in any way, shape or form. It is our strong recommendation that if you or someone you know needs help, you should seek help from professionals such as the Northport VA Medical Center. Some of the information on this site was provided by the VA.
We use sailing as a therapy platform. We invite wounded veterans on our sailboats and share our experiences with them. These veterans are not tourists, they are part of our team and many of them continue sailing to become skippers themselves. Some of the veterans we take on-board are healthy and others are suffering from depression, PTSD, brain injuries and so much more. The purpose of this page is to share information with our community at large.
Spring through October
In order for a veteran to acquire the Basic Keelboat Certification he/she will need to have successfully demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions...
SailAhead's contribution to this Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race event consist of providing our safety team, equipments and our own RHIB for the 3 day race event. This is an opportunity for us to be useful by providing medical assistance when needed to the athletes while on the water. During such prestigious event our veterans learn new safety and rescue skills as well as get exposed to the newest equipments for adaptive sports. This is also a great opportunity for us to meet world class sailors and enthusiastic volunteers.
Of all SailAhead's events, this event is by far the one that requires to most work to put together. It is meant to celebrate SailAhead's work with our veteran friends and partners...
Families of the South Bay Cruising Club generously volunteer their time and boats for our veterans and provide a great opportunity to go sailing and discover the Great South Bay for a day...
Spring - Summer - Fall
The Priscilla is an oyster sloop that was built in 1888 and is the oldest and only sailing work-boat to survive from the Great South Bay Oyster Fleet.
Around Long Island Regatta covers a 190 nautical mile course combining Ocean and Coastal racing. ...
A Spring classic, this 186 nautical mile race from Stamford, CT down Long Island Sound, around Block Island, RI and back to Stamford is an annual rite of passage for many racing yachts.
Featuring four coastal race courses between 104 nm and 177 nm, the Ida Lewis Distance Race is the perfectly designed overnighter for IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer.
Match racing is a one on one race between two sailboats; typically twice around a windward-leeward course. Match racing can be seen as a bit more technical than fleet racing, whereas fleet racing is simply a fleet of boats racing around a course.
Summer Through Fall
Classics racing in Oyster Bay, New York, is there a better way to indulge oneself in the time of high end sailboat racing before 1980?
Labor Day weekend's Vineyard Race is a classic American yachting event:
a 238-mile course stretching from Shippan Point, through the swirling currents of the Race or Plum Gut, past Block Island, and on to the light tower at the entrance to Buzzard's Bay, to return leaving Block Island to starboard en route to the finish in Stamford Harbor.
Summer Through Fall
Stargazer, is a 2007 Hunter 38 sailboat lent to us by our partner, the USMMA Sailing Foundation that sails most days during the summer.
June Through September
For many disabled veterans, adaptive sports is a means of taking back some part of their lives that disabilities have taken away. For others, it's a way of keeping a positive mind set during hard times.
June Through September
The Long Island Maritime Museum was founded in 1966 and is located on the historic West Sayville waterfront. The museum grounds, once part of the Meadow Edge estate of Mr. and Mrs. Anson Hard, are now comprised of fourteen acres and nine historic buildings.
In the winter we sail on 16 foot catamarans called Hobie Cats. These boats are easy to learn and have the potential to be very fast and since we are so close to the waterline, it is exhilarating!