Ronnie Simpson, a Marine who wounded in combat in Iraq, offers sailing clinics to other wounded veterans. He has been sponsored by Hope for the Warriors, a non-profit organization that assists combat-wounded veterans and their families. He has sailed from San Francisco to Hawaii to raise awareness, donations, and the spirits for wounded soldiers in our country.
His journeys have inspired other veterans and served as therapy for the trauma he sustained in combat. “I’m passionate about sailing and I want to use this tool to inspire these guys,” he said. “I don’t care if they ever take to it but my goal is to inspire these individuals through sailing to not give up and that they can lead fulfilling, rich lives.” He blogs about his sailing on his site, http://www.openbluehorizon.com/.
He held his first sailing clinic earlier this year in April and is organizing another later this year. No tentative date has been set yet. Keep up with his website for more information or to contact him about his upcoming clinic.
Video of Moore 24 US 101 completing her 400 mile qualifying sail for the 2012 Singlehanded Transpac. Ronnie Simpson will race the Moore solo to Hawaii to raise money and awareness for teaching wounded veterans to sail.
Video of Moore 24 “Hope for the Warriors” aka US 101 racing in the 2012 Singlehanded Transpac race. 101 struggled in the race but came from behind to take a class win. 101 is powered by Quantum Sails. Ronnie Simpson campaigned the boat this year, working with wounded-veteran non-profit Hope for the Warriors in an effort to raise money and awareness for teaching wounded veterans how to sail.