Mini Transat 2023: The Mission Continues
My mission is the 2023 Mini Transat. This is a solo ocean race, covering over 4,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean, unassisted, and on a 21’ sailboat.
I am racing as an ambassador for U.S. Patriot Sailing to raise awareness for this incredible non-profit team. I need your help more than ever to accomplish this adventure!
I am honored to represent U.S. Patriot Sailing in the upcoming Mini Transat and excited to see the team continue to succeed. Your donation to my campaign is needed to help raise awareness for this team by getting me to the race course. Please consider helping cover the many administrative and logistical costs this season. [CLICK READ MORE!]
2023 Race Plan: https://www.pgnoceanracing.com/blog/2023-season-preview
2022 Season recap blog post: https://www.pgnoceanracing.com/blog/4078-nautical-miles
During the past two seasons I successfully transitioned from the active duty Marine Corps to the reserves, shipped my boat Terminal Leave to France, and sailed over 7,000 nm in the Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay, English Channel and Celtic Sea. I am fully qualified and have officially earned a spot in the upcoming race!
Even though I am not serving full time anymore, I am still a Marine Corps officer in the reserves. Over the winter months I am completing my required "drill" time by working with my previous unit at the Pentagon, Headquarters Marine Corps Intelligence Division. Additionally, I am a student at the National Intelligence University and working to complete my Masters in Strategic Intelligence. Finally, I am volunteering with U.S. Patriot Sailing as a skipper for a few events this winter before going back to France in the spring.
U.S. Patriot Sailing and My Story:
U.S. Patriot Sailing supports the veteran community navigate the hardships of transition to civilian life, rehabilitation after injury, and the complex life challenges associated with combat deployments. The organization accomplishes its mission by welcoming veterans back onto a winning team, provides camaraderie, a sense of mission accomplishment, and new dynamic experiences.
This 100% volunteer run national organization is completely funded by grants and generous donations that support all aspects of running a team: boat dockage, haul out, maintenance, safety gear and regatta entry fees. Every dollar donated to the team directly supports its operations. For more information about U.S. Patriot Sailing check out the team’s website here: https://www.uspatriotsailing.org/
I have sailed and volunteered with U.S. Patriot Sailing in Annapolis since 2018. Earlier that year, I had returned from a deployment in the Middle East, moved from North Carolina up to the D.C. area, and wanted to get back out on the water sailing.
U.S. Patriot Sailing was there for me when I was going through a difficult period in my personal life. The team provided an opportunity to get back out on the water racing while surrounded by fellow veterans who provided support off the water as well. Being a member of this team while transitioning off active duty provided tremendous support. This is why the team exists and I am proud to represent U.S. Patriot Sailing on the international level.
My personal story is just one example of hundreds of veterans this organization has helped...
Check out my blog posts here: https://www.pgnoceanracing.com/blog
To learn more about me click here: https://www.pgnoceanracing.com/about
Please note: As an ambassador for U.S. Patriot Sailing, contributions directly to my campaign (PGN Ocean Racing) are not tax deductible, because I am not taking any money from the team. However, your support will help bring awareness to this amazing non-profit sailing team by getting me to the finish line!
Thank you for your support!
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