Disabled Veterans' Program
A Free Weekend of Sailing
Honoring those who have served our country, Sail To Prevail dedicates at least one weekend each summer to our distinguished Veterans wounded in combat to enjoy the camaraderie and fun of sailing together. The usual fee is waived for this weekend – the sailing is FREE to the individual sailors! Since 2007, Sail To Prevail has hosted this special weekend of sailing for Veterans, in collaboration with Paralyzed Veterans of America. Please see the registration form for Veterans’ Program participant.
Also, please know that Veterans with disabilities are welcome to sail with us anytime throughout the summer at the usual fee of $70/boat for a 2-hour sail. Please see the Standard Registration Form.
June 18-19, 2016 "PVA Weekend"
(Note, this is Fathers' Day weekend)
In collaboration with Paralyzed Veterans of America, this is a once-a-year event (usually in June) for disabled Veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces to enjoy a weekend of sailing in beautiful Newport Harbor – the sailing capital of the world. Veterans or active military personnel with any type of disability are encouraged to participate, including but not limited to paraplegics, quadriplegics and amputees.
Location & Logistics
Sailing is operated from our docks at 60 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI.
Participants in PVA Weekend are responsible for their own lodging. However, depending on funds received for this program from year to year, a limited number of hotel rooms might be available at no cost to participants who request this financial assistance, on a first-come, first-served basis.
At the docks, participants who need assistance are boarded onto the sailboats using a transfer lift. They are then safely secured into specially designed pivoting seats, allowing them the freedom of movement to sail the boat. (Max. 5 sailors, plus a certified instructor, per boat.)
Bottled drinking water is provided while sailing. Please bring your own sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and wet wear.
If funds are available, a T-shirt will be provided for each participant at PVA Weekend. To help you choose the appropriate size when filling out the registration form, this link provides T-shirt Size Specifications.
We will provide sandwiches and beverage for lunch; and a group dinner Saturday evening.
The five boats can take 25 participants (5 per boat).
Plan A: If we have less than 25, the schedule will be:
All arrive at the docks at 11:00 a.m.
Sailing will start at 12:00 noon, and return at 4:00 p.m. each day.
Plan B: If we have more than 25, the schedule will be:
Group 1: Arrive at the docks at 9:00 a.m.
Sailing will start at 10:00 a.m., and return at 12:00 noon each day.
Group 2: Arrive at the docks at 12:00 noon
Sailing will start at 1:00 p.m., and return at 3:00 p.m. each day.
(Note, Every Veteran, and one person accompanying them, should have at least 2 hours sailing per day. Depending on how many participants we have, perhaps only one or two boats will need to split the time. “Plan B” can be adjusted where some enthusiastic sailors may get to go out both times, but the able-bodied people accompanying them may need to stay ashore the second time to allow the Veterans with disabilities to have more time on the water.)
If the weather is unfavorable, Newport offers many other exciting activities. You are on your own to explore options that include a tour of the Naval War College Museum, historical mansions of Newport, Museum of Yachting, and numerous taverns and restaurants.
Letter From Arn Manella
(Sail To Prevail Waterfront Coordinator and Retired Marine)
I want to take a moment of your time to invite you and members of your family to take advantage of an opportunity to participate in an activity as laid back, or as challenging as you desire to make it.
I'm talking about sailing with Sail To Prevail, The National Disabled Sailing Program, headquartered in Newport, RI.
Sailing is an activity where you can be totally in control of the action regardless of the disability. Our specially designed Independence 20 sailboats can accommodate both you and your family as you sail the beautiful waters of Narragansett Bay. The Independence 20 is safely designed to always float and the addition of rigid seating and in-cockpit controls facilitates functioning for sailors with even the highest level of spinal cord injury.
As a retired Marine with many years of service in a joint environment, I know that each and every one of us, regardless of the branch, is drawn to experiences that push our physical and mental abilities to their limits…and still come out on top!
My involvement with Sail To Prevail came about through a search for an activity that not only rekindled the warrior spirit; it presented the service member with an avenue to include the family, significant other and friends. Sailing is one of the few sports where the only thing left behind is a wheelchair, a pair of crutches and boredom.
You've given your all in service to Our Country and proven time and time again that you're ready to begin the next chapter in what has been, and can be again, an exciting lifestyle.
Sail To Prevail
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