Friday, May 10, 2019

Warrior Sailing Triumphs at Charleston

(Charleston, SC)- Warrior Sailing had twenty-one U.S. military veterans sailing at Charleston Race Week; some on larger keelboats and almost half of them sailing on College of Charleston’s fleet of one-design J/22s.  

J/22 sailing CharlestonWarrior Sailing takes graduates from basic level sail-training through certification, and directly supports “beyond camp experiences” for the veterans. One of the most impactful events of the year is Charleston Race Week.

Twenty-one graduates from the sail-training program were selected from a pool of applications to attend the 5th consecutive year of participation in the event. The group traveled in style with new gear from Zhik, and the support is always felt from the sailing community at the largest keelboat regatta in the country.

Eight Warrior Sailors, five coaches, and three College of Charleston collegiate sailors were onboard the J/22’s. A highly competitive inshore fleet of 9 boats took to the water each day with most of the Warrior’s flying spinnakers for the first time during the training session on Wednesday. The intention is always based on instruction and gaining valuable experience onboard, but earning some hardware is also a bonus.

Warrior Sailing J/22’s took 1st (Sammy Hodges), 3rd (Corey Hall), and 4th (Jacob Raymond) in the J/22 one-design class.  Congratulations to everyone and a very special thanks to the coaches and leadership at College of Charleston for their time and effort to teach Warriors what it means to race inshore and compete in this large regatta.


A special “Thank You” to the Charleston Race Week Foundation for their support. Portions of each registration for Charleston Race Week goes to supporting worthy causes participating in the Charleston area.  Warrior Sailing was selected to receive a grant to support making this an expense-free experience for the participants.  “Thank You” to Randy Draftz and the CRW Foundation for your continued support!

We are so grateful for everyone who turned up to party with a purpose at the “Container Bar” during Charleston Race Week. Thanks to a great turnout, Warrior Sailing raised over $4,600 to support veterans participation in future training camps and events.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all sailors for your generous support. As a donor to our organization, you’re a part of what makes Warrior Sailing so special; you’re a part of our community. YOU make everything we do possible.