Our very first "Let’s Take a Veteran Sailing" Event took place on August 22, 2015 and was a real success by all account! So much that we have made it an annual occurrence with our partner the Centerport Yacht Club who so generously has been hosting it since its inception.
Of all SailAhead's events, this event is by far the one that requires to most work to organize.
Like every SaiLAhead Event, it is meant to spread PTSD and veteran suicide awareness. It is also a way to honor Our Mates and finally to celebrate SailAhead's work with our friends, veterans and volunteers, and many partners.
Simply put, the SailAhead "Let's Take a Veteran Sailing" event is a giant Sailing and BBQ party held at the Centerport Yacht Club!
50+ sailboats, 5+ powerboats, nearly 200 guest Veterans (The reality is that we also have veterans as part of the SailAhead team - We also have veterans among our skippers and volunteers - so there are more veterans indeed!) 140+ Volunteers, great weather (most of the times) and a really nice BBQ at the end of a great sailing outing on the North Shore. Every one has a great time and every one is proud to have been part of this event.
By having this event annually, we hope to continue spreading SailAhead's mission throughout Long Island and our neighbouring states, spreading the word about PTSD so that we may continue healing, branching out to other Yacht Club's and organizations who would like to do the same. Through this event we can reach many people at a time, spreading very effectively the word while enjoying sailing with many wonderful people.
The intense planning beforehand has proven to be a lot of work, but the rewarding feeling and the amount of people who will be helped make all efforts in making this event possible, truly worth every second of planning and coordinating.
Advisor, Skipper, "Let's Take a Veteran Sailing" Event Director
Thom is a son of a sailor and has literally been sailing his entire life. Brought up on the Long Island South Shore sailing Sunfish and Lightnings, he eventually migrated to the North Shore where he races his J105, JY15 Frostbiting, Ensign, and is a 2 time National Champion and 3 time runner up. As a Certified Race Officer, he also has been very involved in regatta management on the Long Island Sound.
As a Past Commodore of Centerport YC, Thom has been instrumental in organizing Sail Ahead's "Take a Veteran Sailing" event, hosted at CYC, which has attracted over 50 boats and 350 people annually.
Thom has a long standing career in sports marketing, working at PSP Sports in NYC.
"Let's Take a veteran Sailing" Event Co-Director
Bob is a very active Sr. Member of the Centerport Yacht Club where he is a member of the race committee with more than 25 years of sailing experience. Bob also crews on the Priscilla (Restored 1888 Oyster Sloop). He is the director of the Youth Directions & Alternatives sailing program in Northport.
Bob is a proud U.S. Navy Veteran who served on the Submarine Tender U.S.S. Howard W. Gilmore AS-16 (1959-1963) and is a key organizer of our major yearly event "Let's take a veteran sailing".
Mentor and Skipper
Tony is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain and a passionate sailor with vast experience with wooden boats. He has restored many small sail-boats. Using original molds for the Philip Rhodes 13 1/2' WoodPussy catboat, arranged to have the Weeks Yacht Yard (Patchogue) build and sell several new fibreglass WoodPussys since 2006.
Tony has raced Around Long Island Regatta several times. He has enjoyed sailing a 1935 Winthrop Warner 28’ classic cutter, and an "Able Poitin" 24’ sloop for several years. Tony was a Captain of "Priscilla" (1888 Oyster Sloop) from 2011 – 2014, at the Long Island Maritime Museum."
Call SailAhead at (631) 831-8763 for more information on past and future events.
July 30th, 2016
Fios One Video Journalist Greg Blank reports on our largest event, Let's Take a Veteran Sailing hosted by Centerport Yacht Club. This year was special in so many ways ...
July 30th, 2016
MyLITV Video Journalist Thomas Finn reports on our largest event, Let's Take a Veteran Sailing hosted by Centerport Yacht Club. This year was special in so many ways ...
July 30th, 2016
Let's Take a Veteran Sailing hosted by Centerport Yacht Club is our Premier Event. This year was special in so many ways ...
August 22nd, 2015
August 22nd – “Let’s Take a Vet Sailing” turned out to be a very impressive event for SailAhead and the largest event SailAhead has put together since its humble beginnings back in the 2013 winter frostbiting season...