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DOCKTALK Wounded Warrior Sailing Regatta a Success by Paul Bollinger Jr.


cessible Boating (CRAB) Freedom 20s n a bright, sunny September and the Naval Academy Colgate 26s, 14 with plenty of wind for a the “Star Spangled Banner” played. strong race, more than two dozen wounded warriors and their families were greeted by the U.S. Naval Academy Band as they disembarked from their buses at the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) dock. With each of the service anthems playing, everyone was greeted by VADM Phil Cullom, Deputy Chief of ##The sun shone upon the Wounded Warriors Naval Operations for Regatta in September. Photo courtesy of USNA Fleet Readiness and Logistics, and all of The nervousness exhibited by the the Naval Academy Midshipmen who wounded warriors and their family planned to skipper and crew the boats members quickly turned to big smiles as with the honored guests. Before crews they were expertly fitted with lifejackboarded the Chesapeake Region Ac-

ets, settled into the boats, and given safety instructions by the Mids and the veteran CRAB skippers. Joining the racing crew this year was John Dodge, Leukemia Cup chair, who came ready to lead his Boatyard Bar & Grill boat to victory. The course was set with the expert attention of Juliet Thompson of CRAB and Renee Mehl of the Naval Academy Off-Shore Sail Training Squadron. Steve Rudiger, captain of the Beneteau 46 Sales Call served most ably as the Race Committee (RC) boat. VADM Phil Cullom, Lee Tawney of NSHOF, and a crew of wounded warrior family members and children

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