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Offshore Sailing School will host regatta for wounded veterans

The Offshore Sailing School will host a regatta for 20 participants of the Wounded Veteran Retreat and Adaptive Sailing Program.

The Fort Myers, Fla.-based Offshore Sailing School will host a regatta for 20 participants of the Wounded Veteran Retreat and Adaptive Sailing Program at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Oct. 6.

“We thank our veterans for their service and are pleased to support the important work of the Wounded Veteran Retreat Program,” Offshore Sailing School founder Steve Colgate said in a statement. “We recently completed a successful regatta with another 20 wounded veterans at our North Cove Sailing School at Brookfield Place in Manhattan.”

Established by retired Command Sgt. Maj. Nelson Corbin, the Wounded Veterans Adaptive Sailing Program is designed to work within the vision and mission of the Wounded Veteran Retreat Program to enhance the lives of wounded veterans and their families and help reduce the number of veterans’ suicides nationwide.

Corbin said that “each sailing event involves team building, developing individual skills, social activities and building self-confidence,” which are must-do items to enhance wounded veterans’ way of life.

The program is a 501c3 non-profit organization and is disabled veteran-owned and disabled veteran-operated.

The Offshore Sailing School is providing its Colgate 26 fleet and instructors to conduct an orientation of the vessels and local waterways and run the regatta for the veterans from across the country.

In addition to the Offshore Sailing School’s role, local event support is being provided by the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina and Scotlynn USA Division Inc.

“This is a great thing to be a part of and we are happy to contribute,” Scotlynn executive vice president Ryan Carter said.

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