Wounded Veterans Regatta at North Cove Marina in New York City and Pink Shell Beach Resort in Florida
North Cove Marina, New York, NY (Aug. 4, 2015)
Offshore Sailing School’s North Cove Sailing School at Brookfield Place hosted a regatta for the Wounded Veterans Adaptive Sailing Program on August 18, 2015 with morning and afternoon races. Continuing their commitment to bringing community-based activities to the North Cove Marina, Brookfield Place and its unparalleled location offered the perfect setting for this exciting and worthwhile event.
Offshore Sailing School at Brookfield Place provided five of its Colgate 26 fleet and instructor-coaches to conduct an orientation of the vessels and local waterways, and run the Regatta for the 20 Wounded Veteran participants who have progressed through that organization’s Retreat and Adaptive Sailing Program.
Offshore Sailing School founder Steve Colgate said, “We are honored to provide our Colgate 26 fleet and sailing coaches for the Wounded Veterans Retreat Program that assists our returning wounded veterans.”
Between his induction into the National Hall of Fame on October 4 in Bay Head, NJ and a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society reception at the home of Gary Jobson in Annapolis, MD, Steve Colgate rushed back to Florida to join the final day of racing for the Wounded Vets Adaptive Sailing Program on Offshore’s Colgate 26 fleet on the Gulf of Mexico.
“This program is just so rewarding,” remarked Steve, as he watched the races and joined in the awards dinner celebration later that evening. Ellis Etter, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina wrote, “They were a wonderful group, we would like to see them back again.” Colgate has stated Offshore Sailing School will continue working with this Wounded Veterans program. “I have so much respect for every one of the participants,” he explained.
Enhancing the Lives of Wounded Veterans and Their families Through Sailing
Established by retired Command Sgt. Maj. Nelson Corbin, the organization is designed to work within the Vision and Mission of Wounded Veterans Retreat Program (WVRP a 501c3 non-profit), to enhance the lives of wounded veterans and their families, and to help reduce the amount of veterans’ suicides nationwide. Corbin emphasized that “each sailing event involves team building, developing individual skills, social activities, and building self-confidence” which are all must-do items to enhance their way of life.
Teamwork is Key
Nelson Corbin is a graduate of Offshore Sailing School’s Fast Track to Cruising Course,
which he took in 2015 at the company’s school at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Ft. Myers Beach, FL. Steve and Doris Colgate met Corbin during that course. “It was obvious that the wounded veterans really enjoy the teamwork required to handle a sailboat well in all conditions,” explained Steve Colgate, who recently helped Corbin secure a Wounded Veterans Regatta at the Pink Shell Beach Resort October 5-6, and a week-long sailing excursion with The Moorings in the British Virgin Islands in January 2016. Offshore Sailing School is the Official Sailing School of The Moorings, the world’s premier yacht charter company.
Sergeant Major Corbin (shown at the end of this story with Steve Colgate) said, “In addition to the support from Offshore Sailing School, the WVRP would also like to thank Brookfield Place for its generous donation to help bring our veterans to Battery Park City from across the country, IGY Marinas for underwriting shirts and lunches for our veterans, and New York’s Pier A Harbor House restaurant for sponsoring our Regatta Awards Dinner on August 18.”
In addition to Offshore Sailing School’s contributions, the event at Pink Shell Beach Resort was underwritten by the resort, with additional support from Scottlynn USA Division through Rayan Carter, EVP.
About Offshore Sailing School
Offshore Sailing School operates three schools on New York Harbor, (North Cove Marina in Battery Park City and Pier 25 in Tribeca, and Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, NJ). The company’s eight locations include three resort-based campuses in Florida (Captiva Island, Ft. Myers Beach and St. Petersburg) and two in the British Virgin Islands (Tortola and Scrub Island). Sailing programs include lessons and rides, and sailing certification courses from Learn to Sail and Performance Sailing, to Bareboat Charter Cruising and Passage Making. Offshore Sailing School also hosts corporate team building programs and group regattas. The company’s two sailing clubs offer members unlimited use of its Colgate 26 fleet from Colgate Offshore Sailing Club in Jersey City, NJ, and North Cove Sailing Club in Battery Park City.
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For more information on course schedules, locations and other sailing programs, call 888-454-7015 or email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com.