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Quotes & Testimonies - 2012

We would like to hear from you! Please contact us with your personal story about sailing in one of our Sail To Prevail programs and how it has affected your life.

Previous Years

Adaptive Sailing Participants:

My name is Sean “Patrick” Feighan. Until last December I Iived with my Mother, Cynthia Feighan. I have multiple disabilities ranging from Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Seizure disorder and Autism. I am currently 27 years old and last December, I moved into a Group Home run by Looking Upwards, Inc. in Middletown, RI. Sensory integration has always been (read more of Patrick's letter)

Sail Away From Cancer families with Paul Callahan
CEO Paul Callahan (wheelchair) with
Sail Away From Cancer participants

I found it to be very relaxing and peaceful experience. The weather was perfect, and the instructor was simply awesome as well as fellow participants!
– Katherine Keneally

At first I never wanted to drive the boat, but after seeing the instructor do it – I decided I could do it also! If I can sail – it made me realize I can do a lot with my life!
– Bethany, age 13

I think the feeling of sailing will last a lifetime – everyone should have a chance to try it! – Peter, age 11

I want to convey to the entire staff of Sail To Prevail the absolutely fabulous time I enjoyed on my very first sailing adventure … I felt safe and secure … transferring me from my power chair into the boat. I will fondly remember the sense of freedom and relaxation while sailing… experience the exhilaration and feelings of true calmness while sailing because it will be a memory that will last a lifetime. Thanks … for making an important difference in the lives of individuals with limitations.
– Brenda J. Brown, first-time participant was a wonderful experience. I look forward to participating in this program again next year.
– Rhonda O'Donnell, first-time participant

I had such an amazing time when I went the first time… I enjoyed myself so much… Sail To Prevail has given me back a sense of normalcy, and freedom, that I use to have before MS became an issue.
– Jennifer Shortall, first-time participant

Navy Vet with ALS sailing with Sail To Prevail
Thank you very much. We had a blast!!
– Ellen Corindia, Navy Veteran with ALS

Paralyzed Veterans of America Participants:

My sister and I had a great time at the clinic this past weekend and look forward to next year! It is a special time of year to reconnect with old friends and make new friends with other veterans. It is great that sailing and this clinic brings us together. – Wayne Ross

a wonderful treat for all of us participating. This is a first class operation and we will help spread the word.
– John Thompson

Max, ready to go!
Max, ready to go!

Nantucket Program Participants:

Coming to see Sail To Prevail and Tucker is the best part of the summer. Being able to come every week makes it even better. Hope that I get to do this every summer. Aidan Steel, age 8, Autistic

Sailing is the best activity for me to participate in on Nantucket. I never want to miss a sail! Dave Brogue, age 40, Autistic

Confidence is Cool :

“We can't express enough how much this Confidence is Cool camp means to Abi and her family. She absolutely loves coming to camp and looks forward to it every summer! This is probably one of the only summer programs that is offered to kids like Abi where she can go, have fun and just be a kid. It's also so good that she can attend this camp without mom and/or dad having to be there, because you have so many young, nice people who volunteer, and a nurse. (That wonderful Sheila! I sent her a nice note also.) This camp allows Abi to foster her independence which is so important for her. Kudos to you, Sarah, for your hard work and dedication to making these kids feel like they belong. Thank you so much for another spectacular summer for Abi, and we can't wait to do it again next summer!”
Parent of Abi, an 11-year-old with Spina Bifida

My children have volunteered and/or worked for the camp for the past several years and it’s wonderful to see how they’ve become like family to the campers. It’s a fantastic program and the time spent at the Confidence is Cool camp is always the highlight of the summer and talked about all year long.
Mary Edwards

Program Directors:

Happy participant of Sail To Prevail
Happily participating!

For the times we went sailing this year, The LaPlante Center clients had a terrific time! Being in Wakefield, we are close to the ocean and Sail To Prevail gives our clients access to the ocean just down the road. Without you, they would not have another opportunity to sail. Thanks again to all of you and we are looking forward to next season! Joni Lonczak, La Plante Center

As in the past, our students truly love sailing with you. Although we do have other summer activities, sailing is by far our students' favorite. Without Sail To Prevail, they would never experience the thrill of sailing….We are so very grateful to Sail To Prevail for … the experience of a lifetime for our students.
Bonnie M. Eddy, Administrative Assistant, Cornerstone School

Adaptive sailing participant under way
Amongst ocean liners and
America's Cup Yachts

It is like nothing else they have experienced, and it really does have a long term effect on them. It makes them more positive and excited for life.
Penny Merris, Director of Day Services, West Bay

We took a total of six boats of people from the MS Dream Center RI sailing this summer … Most had not sailed before and a few had sailed for the first time last year with our MS group with Sail to Prevail and enthusiastically returned this year. Without a doubt, they all loved it ... As with MS, there were all levels of disability, from people who look like they have no impairment to paraplegics. It was amazing to see those who really got into handling either the tiller or sails. They all felt empowered and "normal" having the outdoor experience in Newport Harbor. For the group who went in June, they were excited to be amongst the America's Cup trial boats as well as some of the big ocean liner cruisers.
Elinor Thompson, MS Dream Center RI

The kids and staff once again had a wonderful summer sailing with your staff! Our clients are individuals with development, physical and verbal disabilities. They find sailing the best part of the summer and an activity they are proud to tell friends and family they were able to go do but also to participate in. From helping steer the boat, pull lines, and grind winches. All of the activities are beneficial therapy for the body and mind! Thanks again for the opportunity to sail, and we look forward to sailing again next summer. Deb Christensen, Aquidneck Island Day Camp

…everyone wants to go sailing! … we work hard to make it possible for everyone to go. We can not wait for next year already! Elaine Scott ARC of Blackstone Valley