Please select your home edition
Edition
SailX 728x90

Challenged America - The tide comes in and the tide goes out

by Urban Miyares, Challenged America on 6 Mar 2014
Challenged America Program
Urban’s Corner Challenged America - Seems like the same questions are always asked of me... 'How is Challenged America doing? How are you able to keep the program going with the high cost of boating? Are you still offering no-cost sailing to hundreds yearly? How do you do it?'

And my response has always sounded like the tides ... they continue to come in and then flow out. There are good times and bad times, and Challenged America is now in a receding tide or (I say) an in-coming tide.

Last year, 2013, was definitely a running tide heading out to sea. Between personal and medical issues which limited my work performance and created a number of health issues, donations and gifts dramatically dropping to rising costs of operations, the beginning of 2014 found the Challenged America program, and the charity, at its lowest financial ebb in more than 15 years. Yet, with this, sailing continued and the number of Wounded Warriors-disabled veterans, kids, and adults with disabilities served remained at a high level, with greater than 900 sailing experiences in our small boat program alone.

'A single breaker may recede; but the tide is evidently coming in.'

With your support, the coming high tides of 2014 will surely be upon us. We are now selling off a number of vessels in our current fleet - to catch up on financial obligations -- and replace many of the boats sold with newly donated vessels. We are seeking new business advisors and to add to our current board of directors, and continually seek new avenues of revenue for the charity, to include exploration of entrepreneurial opportunities - increasing employment outcomes for participants with disabilities and volunteers in the charity's programs.

Over the past 37 years, Challenged America has experienced many cycles of the tides, some dramatic and some quite mild, with few noticing a change. And we're currently in the midst of another change in the tide. How dramatic it will be will be dependent upon how much support we get from program participants and volunteers, sponsors and supporters -- i.e. You.

Let's all lend a helping hand to the incoming tide of 2014. Do what we can, even what we may feel uncomfortable in doing. Tell others about the Challenged America program. Ask for support, financial assistance, donation of products, services, and even donation of their vessels or the vessels and vehicles of those they know, attend fundraising and other events, help out with one or more of the committees - fundraising (Windmakers), public relations, vessel maintenance, communications, etc. You, your company or where you work, and those you know surely have resources and a talent that could benefit the Challenged America program and the charity - the Disabled Businesspersons Association.

With your support, we can assure that Challenged America will be providing no-cost therapeutic sailing experiences for another 37 years to the next generation of kids and adults with disabilities as San Diego's only (no-cost) Community Sailing Program for the Disabled, and their loved Challenged America website
Bakewell-White Yacht DesignT Clewring CruisingNaiad

Related Articles

Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr