Urban Miyares and Dave Hopkins are double handing the Transpac! They need your support!!!
Join us at Fiddlers Green – Eat, Drink, Dance and support this amazing adventure
Date: Sunday, June 2nd
Time: 1-4 pm
Location: Fiddlers Green
Band: The Reflectors
Silent Auction: 3:30
Challenged America: Let’s do the 2013 Transpac
What began as an impossible dream in 1991 (to do the Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu), is now a reality at the San Diego-based Challenged America program of sailors with disabilities.
Challenged America – Team Challenged America Transpac 2013
2760 Shelter Island Drive, SD, 92106 619-222-2216
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You can also send your tax-deductible donation check to:
Sunroad Resort Marina
955 Harbor Island Drive, Suite130
San Diego, CA 92101
or donate online through PayPal
We Thank You!
To Volunteer Call:
Challenged America Office: 619-523-9318
Challenged America will be in the Transpacific Yacht Race this July 8th, 2013. Urban Miyares, Co-Founder and David Hopkins, Director of Vessel & Gift Donations for the charitable Challenged America program will be double handed racing on a Tripp 40 sailboat called B’Quest. What makes their entry special is that Urban Miyares is blind, has Type 1 diabetes (and a host of other medical issues), and David Hopkins has a hearing impairment. Both of them are disabled veterans … and well seasoned sailboat racers and they intend to win this race.
Why Are They Doing This Race to Hawaii?
Urban and David are dedicated volunteers helping those with physical and hidden impairment through therapeutic sailing and racing programs. They have literally changed the lives of so many. Now they are on a quest to bring attention to Challenged America and the needs of the many fellow disabled veterans, as well as to others with disabilities and their loved ones.
A Life of Sailing After Death
Urban Miyares’ story is well-known in the veteran community. Army infantry platoon Sgt. Miyares was presumed dead during an operation in Viet Nam in 1968 and was placed in a (KIA) body bag when, after two days, a combat medic, assigned to toe-tag the dead soldiers, found him still breathing. From that extraordinary incident and for the next 45 years, Miyares’ has gone on to grow several businesses, become a world class Alpine skier, and has developed his sailing skills to be a competitive offshore racer.
Transpac: The Famous Race Across the Pacific
The Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac) is now into its second century. This legendary race began in 1906 by the request of King David Kalakaua of the Hawaiian Islands. He felt that this race would strengthen the islands’ economic and cultural ties with the mainland. Clarence MacFarlane, a racing sailor from Honolulu, initiated the race with other sailors off the coast of San Pedro. The original starting point was to be San Francisco, but due to the earthquake and fire of 1906, just 27 days prior to the intended starting date, the starting point was changed to Point Fermin in San Pedro, California. The finish line is off the Diamond Head Lighthouse in Honolulu, Hawaii totaling 2,225 nautical miles.
The challenging race course takes competitors through a myriad of unforeseen conditions: from the cold, wet Northeastern Pacific, through doldrums, enormous seas, abundant squalls and scorching heat, to the blustery trade winds of the Molokai Channel near the finish. With their start date of July 8th, Urban & David anticipate an arrival in Honolulu of July 19 – 20, with a podium appearance, with you (hopefully) being at the dock in Hawaii for the traditional Aloha Welcome and following ceremonies. With much media coverage assured, you will also be able to follow this race on both the Challenged America website (www.ChallengedAmerica.org) and on the Transpacific Yacht Club’s race website (www.TranspacRace.com).
Come With Us To Hawaii.
You can be a part of the (Sponsorship) crew with David Hopkins and Urban Miyares as they make this most-challenging and demanding crossing to Hawaii. Your support will help expand the scope of this 36 year old therapeutic Challenged America adaptive sailing program to reach the lives of thousands of kids, adults, and veterans (wounded warriors) with disabilities.
Click on the link bellow for the information on Sponsoring the Challenged America Program and Urban and David in the 2013 Transpac Race to Hawaii.
2013 Transpac Team Challenged America Campaign Committee
Tom Jarvis, Cpt. Ken Guyer, John Dodge, Dave Myer, Chris Carstens, Philippe Gadeyne
P.S. Challenged America is a therapeutic and rehabilitative program of the charitable and educational (501c3) Disabled Businesspersons Association, a volunteer-driven organization enhancing the lives of thousands with disabilities each year. All support, sponsorship, gifts and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by the law. Tax-Exempt #)33-0484461, Disabled Businesspersons Association.
P.S.S. You can make your donation by sending a check to “Challenged America<” or by PayPal at www.ChallengedAmerica.org, or talk to someone about Sponsoring Team Challenged America in the 2013 Transpac by either emailing your contact information to Ahoy@ChallengedAmerica.org or call (619) 523-9318.
We’ll Help You, At No Charge, With Your SPRING CLEANING
March & April rings in the tradition of Spring Cleaning, and the volunteers at Challenged America want to help you get rid of those unwanted and unused items. We’ll take them off your hands gleefully … and you can then take a tax-deduction for your gift to the charity.
JUST GIVE US A CALL ~ LEAVE A MESSAGE ~ OR EMAIL
Call (619) 523-9318 or Dave Hopkins at (619) 405-6770 Email us:
Clean out your garage, the storage shed in the backyard, the attic, your storage locker at the storage unit or at the boat, or anywhere else you’ve been holding onto those unused items — Boating Equipment, Sailing Supplies, Fishing Gear, Tools, Electronics (working), Sports Equipment, Office Supplies, New & Old Sails, Vehicles, Boats, Trailers, possibly even furniture and things you believe the Challenged America Program or those we serve can use or benefit from. Nothing is too small or too large …
Tell your friends and neighbors at home, at the Marina, Yacht Club, and Work.
Celebrate with Challenged America on Monday, March 18 at the
12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Feast at Fiddler’s Green Restaurant
where everyone goes for St. Patrick’s Day to support kids, adults and veterans with disabilities and the Challenged America program.
MONDAY, March 18, 2011, 5:30 PM to 8 PM
Fiddler’s Green Restaurant
2760 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
The well-known “in spot” on the San Diego waterfront where everyone meets for fine steak and seafood, beverages and entertainment, Feast at Fiddler’s is that No Extra Cost, No Speeches fundraising event everyone loves. Come with family and friends for dinner, meet other supporters and participants in the Challenged America program, and just order off the menu. Steve Rock, owner of Fiddler’s Green Restaurant donates the proceeds to the Challenged America program.
Enjoy a traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebration with others and support a good cause.
Challenged America’s Tripp 40, “B” Quest” will be hauled out of the water on Monday, February 25th, at the Shelter Island Boat Yard, 2330 Shelter Island Drive to begin major modifications to get ready for the 2013 Trans Pacific Race from California to Hawaii, approximately 2,225 nautical miles.
Challenged America is proud to announce that Shelter Island Boat Yard is sponsoring Challenged America for our 2013 Transpac race. Owner Bill Roberts has graciously donated his facility and crew to prepare B’Quest for the race.
Shelter Island Boat Yard will pull the mast; haul B’Quest out of the water, hydrowash and paint the bottom. SIBY is a full service boat yard, they have both an 80 & 30 ton travel lift, 25 ton crane and a full array of yacht maintenance services.
SIBY is located at 2330 Shelter Island Dr. The overhaul will take about two weeks and a lot of the work will be done by volunteers.
Challenged America is proud to announce Jeff Jakus will be heading our fundraising program for the 2013 Transpac race. Jeff is an expert in social fundraising and is a great asset to Challenged America. Here’s Jeff’s Bio:
Jeff Jakus is a retired business owner and executive from the Hospitality Software Industry which focused on the development and distribution of Point of Sale and Wine Club Management business applications. Jeff and his wife Bev are residents of Coronado, California and are actively engaged in yachting as members of the Coronado Yacht Club. Jeff is the Fleet Captain and Bev is a member of the Board of Directors and together they took 1st place at the 2011 Beneteau Cup in the Cruising Class. Jeff attended Junior and Senior High School in Point Loma before heading onto Mesa Junior College and San Diego State University.
Jeff now spends his free time Giving Back to the community in and around the San Diego area using his varied business experiences and extensive background in sales and marketing to help make a difference. Bev joins in as time allows sharing her ‘boatload’ of knowledge in the funding and financing arenas.
Give Back San Diego was created as a conduit for Jeff to provide sales and marketing services to local businesses with a fee structure that is based on what they can afford to pay. Every revenue dollar generated from for profit businesses produces a donation to local charities and most consulting for non-profits is provided pro bono.
Jeff is currently the Chairman of the “5th Annual Amazing Race for Children’s Wishes” with the 2013 goal to raise $100,000 for the benefit of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego. He is also the Co-Chair of Fundraising and Sponsorships for another Make-A-Wish event called “Roll Out the Barrel” that produces more than $100,000 annually. Other charitable endeavors have included active participation with Honor Flight San Diego, “Traveler’s Aid San Diego” and several industry Board of Directors, various fund raising efforts and volunteering
Challenged America is proud to announce that Soft Deck will be a product sponsor for our 2013 Transpac campaign. They will be providing our decking solutions for B’Quest. Check them out at soft-deck.com
Providing superior Shock Mitigating, Non-Skid, and Custom products for everyone from Sabot Sailors to the US Navy.
Soft Deck High-Performance, Energy-Absorbing Flooring System (HPEAFS) is a revolutionary ultra light weight product that protects crews, passengers, and cargo of High Speed Craft by reducing the impact and vibration transmitted through the hull. And it can be removed and re-installed in minutes.
Soft Deck traction products are soft which makes them barefoot and bare skin friendly while providing traction that just can’t be beat in wet or dry conditions.
SD Boatworks owners, David & Julie Servais are San Diego’s premier big boat riggers and tuners. David sails professionally with Southern California’s top racing teams and is an expert in optimizing a boats potential.
David will focus on modifying our Tripp 40 B’Quest for double handed sailing with a custom made carbon sprit, emergency rudder, deck layout modifications, Softdeck and rig tune. David & Julie have been contributors to the Challenged America program in the past and we welcome them to our team.
She has been at the Challenged America docks for a little over a week. This 1971 Erickson 35 has been beautifully restored by her previous owner. The woods are beautifully varnished, engine rebuilt all new deck hardware, including new Anderson winches.