SEPT 30, 1889 - TACOMA YACHT CLUB BEGINS TO ORGANIZE
Six weeks before Washington became the 42nd state, a group of 26 sail and power boaters met under the leadership of Linus A. Post, the club's first Commodore, with the expressed desire of organizing a yachting club.
Today, Tacoma Yacht Club is well established and is where SailAhead has hosted its very first "Let's Take a Veteran Sailing-Tacoma" event on Saturday, July 15th, 2017.
SailAhead's first annual Let's Take a Veteran Sailing at Tacoma Yacht Club, was in honor of SPC Ryan James Day, a Ranger from the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Tacoma is where Ryan was based and where he ended his life at the young age of 21 on December 15th, 2014, after serving two tours in Afghanistan. Because of its strong support in the local Special Force/Special Operations/Military Community, the Tacoma Yacht Club was a logical choice to partner with in celebrating Ryan James Day and the Rangers from the 2nd Battalion. To learn more about Ryan and his story, click here.
Thanks to the overwhelming support of the local skippers, our event was a success. Let's Take a Vetaran Sailing in Tacoma has become an annual event. We will continue to spread SailAhead's mission, spreading the word about PTSD so that we may continue healing and branching out to other Yacht Clubs and organizations that would like to do the same.
We are currently working on launching a SailAhead Sailing Team based in Tacoma to participate in the local races all year long.
Thank you to the Tacoma Yacht Club for hosting the event, providing boats, skippers, crew and volunteers, as well as the skippers from the Corinthian Yacht Club, Pointe du Hoc Foundation for your help, the The 75th Regiment for listening to us. A big thank you to all for believing in SailAhead's work!
Call SailAhead at (631) 831-8763 for more information on past and future events.
Nancy Williams & Bill Foulk
"Let's Take a Veteran Sailing" Event Co-Directors
Nancy Williams, originally from Nebraska, & Bill Foulk, originally from Rhode Island, are the Tacoma Yacht Club Outreach team and key organizers of our event "Let's Take a Veteran Sailing in Tacoma".
Nancy and Bill are extremely involved in giving back in the Tacoma boating and military community.
Bill is a Former 10th Special Forces Group (A), 6th Air Calvary, USAREC, 2/75th Ranger BN. Bill was part of the Panama Ranger Invasion - Just Cause.
"SailAhead, Tacoma Yacht Club & their Skipper's generosity is amazing. This event in honor of Ryan was a great success. SailAhead had the opportunity to bring their mission & values to a new community, to help active duty & veteran's heal through sailing. I learned one thing 'As one person or organization you cannot change the world, but you can change the world of one person' and that is SUCCESS!." Linda Day, Ryan's Mom