Pretty sweet Hope for the Warriors boom cover on the 12 Metre American Eagle/ Hope for the Warriors. Thanks to owner Herb for all of his amazing support of our vet's sialing program and Ted Turner and Gary Jobson for all of their hospitality.
A brilliant couple of days in Rhode Island! Now headed back to Washington State to grab Sirena Gorda and continue moving her to San Fran. I arrived in Newport on Thursday to sail on American Eagle/ Hope for the Warriors with Ted Turner and Gary Jobson on Thursday. The classic America’s Cup yacht was renamed for the weekend to benefit Hope for the Warriors and even sported a custom vinyl boom cover. Thursday night, it was Turner, Jobson and myself as the guest speakers at the regatta dinner for the 12 Metre North American Championship regatta, which was pretty neat, as there were about a dozen AC veterans, Dennis Conner, Tom Whidden, etc in the crowd. Friday I sailed with Dennis Conner and Tom Whidden on the 12 Metre “KZ-7 Kiwi Magic”, which was pretty awesome. In addition, Hope for the Warriors and I got some great press on the front page of the Newport Daily News on Friday and the Providence Newspaper on the same day. So hopefully this trip did some good in raising money and awareness for our wounded veteran’s sailing program. A busy couple days and i’m absolutely wiped from non-stop travel, meeting people, sailing, speaking, partying, etc. Headed back west!!
12 Metre "Kiwi Magic" next to this sick yacht I crashed on for a night, courtesy of the US Merchant Maritime Academy at Kings Point.