Quotes & Testimonies - 2014
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.
Paul, we all credit you for a lot of the confidence you instilled in Emily and many others. You found it in yourself (thankfully) to "think outside the box," and you successfully shared that with others. Thank you for giving Emily and others the ability to overcome and achieve. Our entire family will always be grateful to you for our Newport experience.
Yes, I have to agree with my father... The independence I gained at Sail To Prevail allowed me to do things for myself that I had not thought possible. It led me to believe in myself and what I was capable of, which has led to many of my accomplishments!!! For that, I will be forever grateful!!
The Conner Family (Emily now grown and getting married)
This morning I had a wonderful experience with Sail To Prevail. James is very kind and an excellent teacher! The format of today's lesson was an in depth sailing lesson. He and I have many common interests as well. Couldn't have asked for such a perfect day for my first sail!
I loved the wind and fresh air, the sound of the water and the sparkling views of Boston. Sailing on the Charles River was at once exciting and remarkably peaceful. Many thanks to Sail To Prevail for helping people with disabilities have fun and enjoy the experience of sailing while feeling safe and cared for. I hope the program will return to Boston next year.
Yasmin (participant in Sail To Prevail and Harvard Varsity Sailing Team collaboration, Boston)
Now that I have reached the bottom of my hell, sailing on the Charles River is now showing me where Heaven is.
Pat so enjoyed his sailing this year. It is like a miracle drug and produces heighten awareness, deep relaxation and excitement about life.
Cynthia Feighan (Patrick’s mother)
“This was Evan's 7th or 8th year doing Sail to prevail... and as usual, Evan had a fantastic time. This is a place that Evan has actual peers! Even on his Challenger's baseball team, there are no other children in a wheelchair!!! The staff truly loves each and every child that goes to the camp, and the bonds that are made are priceless!”
Julie (mother of Evan, Confidence is Cool participant)
I would really like to compliment you and the staff for the extraordinary sailing program you did this summer to benefit Veterans. The weather perfect, the setting in Newport the best, the equipment well prepared, and the staff on deck. A day to remember.
The staff was particularly good and professional in dealing with the veterans and their particular disabilities. The total experience was enjoyable and refreshing. What could be better?
These programs enhance the quality of life for each individual and provide experiences that will never be forgotten. Thanks to you the staff at Sail to Prevail: this work does not go unnoticed and is truly appreciated. Keep up the good work.
President and Service Officer, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 116
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Patty, Thank you and Sail To Prevail for this weekend. It is amazing how generous you all are - some we saw and some who were behind the scenes. I was thinking about your dock which gives us a window onto a world which we would otherwise never see, and of your willingness to get Bob and all the others out in the boats and onto the water for a good sail. And thank God for the absolutely perfect weather both Saturday and Sunday.
Thank you all, also, for the lovely dinner Saturday night. I was sitting at the end of the old people and next to the young people, and it was fun to observe the difference in conversations. It took me back to a very long time ago, and the excitement and promise of shining youth.
It was very nice to meet you and talk with you, and also Chad on Sunday.
Thank you and thank God for His goodness,
Lynn and Bob (Air Force Veteran)
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Wonder weekend!!! Maria and I would like to thank all of you guys at Sail to Prevail for such an absolutely SPLENDID TIME sailing. Please send our kudos to the entire crew!!!
Raymond (Air Force Veteran)
Thank you to all involved in making the weekend such a wonderful weekend.
Elinor (wife of John, Army Veteran)
Program Directors and Staff:
Max & his Dad
Honestly, the sailing program is the highlight and continues to be a favorite activity for all of our year-round and visiting families! I have nothing but positive feedback for you. We get terrific feedback on not only the fun time but also how terrific James and Michael are, and we can’t thank you all enough for all you do… all rave about how kind and understanding you are with their kids. Thank you!
Kim Horyn, Director
Nantucket Autism Speaks Resource Center
I echo Kim's thoughts in regards to Sail To Prevail's program here on Nantucket. Many of our local families have benefited tremendously from your program and have had nothing but positive things to say! STP certainly fulfills a passion of both Kim and I - that children/adults with disabilities have access to one of Nantucket's greatest resources - the waterfront and ocean!
Tina Steadman, Nantucket S.T.A.R. Program
Working for Sail To Prevail was a life-changing experience for which I will be forever grateful.
Coral Hines (former Sailing Instructor)
David, I just wanted to say thank you for an amazing event yesterday. The feedback is still coming in and it's all positive. Looking forward to discussing the volunteering opportunities which could take place later in the year between Sail To Prevail and Bank of America.
Bank of America, Belle Haven Challenge Cup