The barque “Star of India” (the oldest active sailing ship in the world) is celebrating her 150th birthday this year and was moored out in San Diego Bay for a special gala dinner on Saturday. Challenged America’s Martin 16s got to view it up close from all sides on a beautiful fall day.
Challenged America’s fleet of Martin 16s has design features that make sailing accessible to all sailors with mobility impairments. Stability, adjustable seating and specialized control systems make it user friendly for sailors with any level of physical ability.
We offer optional automated systems for steering, sail sheeting and bilge pumping. By incorporating the needs of high quadriplegic sailing, our Martin 16 are the most accessible One-Designs on the market, providing high quads with ‘sip and puff’ options, enabling them to race competitively or just spend the day sailing on the bay.
August 17, five frequent Challenged America sailors were joined by two guests from Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS) in San Francisco for this month’s Martin 16 mini-regatta and PLYC Big Bay Charity Race. Special thanks to Point Loma Yacht Club for adding an additional start for the Martins to their Big Bay Charity Race on San Diego Bay and for the after-race party.
Tammy Airhart and companion sailor Brook Wilson led the fleet over the finish line after 3.25 nm. Amelia Opean and Marshall Lubin took second
“I would like to say that the journey in one’s life is what you make of it. Being knocked down a few notches has humbled me. It has brought me closer to the people I love. For what reason I can’t always say, because I can be a right bastard sometimes, I am loved. When the chips are down you find out who your friends are. My wife and I are tighter than we have ever been and I’m still Daddy to my kids. I’m grateful for my family and my friends. Without them you are nothing!”
Steve Muse was born in San Diego, California into a family of builders. His grandfather built his own house and a small fiberglass fishing boat among other things. His uncle Dan was a General Contractor and, at an early age, Steve spent summers working for him and learned the trades of carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring, roofing, masonry, drywall, etc. They did it all! While growing up, Steve thought, everybody does that stuff. His grandfather Jesse, father Phil and Uncle Jim worked at Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical where they worked in aerospace manufacturing and development. All retired from the company which no longer exists.
Growing up in the east county, Steve attended Riverview Elementary in Lakeside. Later he matriculated to El Capitan High School, also in Lakeside. Initially, Steve attended college, but overwhelmed with his work load, soon dropped out to follow other pursuits. Continue reading →
Challenged America volunteer sails to Tahiti, French Polynesia. Challenged America volunteer Marshall Lubin takes a break to sail to French Polynesia, a six week journey taking him from San Diego to Tahiti.
Voyaging thousands of nautical miles on a Beneteau 50, Marshall visits the Marquesas and the Tuamotu Archipelagos and the Society Islands. The names alone bring out dream images of turquoise water, lush islands and magical lagoons with names like Tahiti, Moorea, Rangiroa, Bora Bora.
Chapter 1: Sailing to the Marquesas
Early Saturday morning as I parsed my emails, I noticed a sailing invitation from an Aussie that was leaving San Diego on his fifty foot sloop. Short of crew, he needed another body, especially one with blue water experience. Contacting Bronte, the owner of the sloop, we met and discussed the impending voyage. Deciding that this was an invitation not to be capriciously dismissed, I scraped off the sclerosing barnacles from my crusty backside and geared up for a puddle jump to French Polynesia.
ACTRESS MARILU HENNER INVITES URBAN MIYARES ON HER RADIO SHOW
Urban Miyares, president of the San Diego-based Disabled Businesspersons Association (DBA) and its Challenged America, Special Kids in Business, and National Disabled Veterans in Business programs has been invited as a guest on The Marilu Henner Radio Show, this Thursday, August 1, 2013.
Marilu Henner is a five-time Golden Globe™ nominated TV actress, a New York Times bestselling author of nine books on lifestyle and fitness, and now the host of radio’s hottest new nationally syndicated program The Marilu Show.
Take charge of your life and health by joining Marilu every weekday morning on the GCN Live network or at www.Marilushow.com where she features renowned guest physicians, world health experts, and, for extra fun, a backstage pass to the real Hollywood with iconic celebrity guests and friends. Marilu, as always, spices up every segment with candid discussions and listener call-ins fueled by today’s most important issues and current events…all through the prism of health!
This Thursday, August 1, Urban will be interviewed by Marilu for an hour segment on her show, between 5 am and 8 am on the West Coast, and between 8 am and 11 am on the East Coat . Don’t miss it.
B-QUEST RETIRES FROM TRANSPAC 2013 RACE, QUESTIONS TPYC
San Diego, Monday, 15 July 2013; Transpac competitor B’Quest arrived back in San Diego On Wednesday, July 10. Having had their entry unilaterally revoked at roughly 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening, the double-handed team of disabled veterans decided to return to San Diego Tuesday, July 9th. After sailing for roughly 16 hours and reflecting on their status, Urban Miyares and David Hopkins decided to return to San Diego in part because their participation was clearly unwanted despite earlier congratulations and support by Transpacific Yacht Club (TPYC). The B’Quest crew now wants to clear the record concerning their status as an entry. Continue reading →
The Wooden Boat Festival at Koehler Kraft Boatyard on Shelter Island this Saturday and Sunday is an important annual fundraiser for Challenged America. Several people have responded to the newsletter, but additional volunteers are needed help staff the front gate, T-shirt booth and Challenged America information booth. Please email the office (Ahoy@ChallengedAmerica.org) if you are available to help on any of the following shifts.
Also, we have all eight Martin 16’s scheduled to sail this Friday, 6/14 12 noon – 3pm and need a couple more companion sailors. Please reply if you are a qualified companion sailor and available Friday. Should be a great day on the bay.
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.
With a crew of six disabled sailors in 2003, aboard their (donated) Tripp 40 sailboat “B’Quest” , Team Challenged America made history in being the first disabled crew to do this legendary 2,225 nautical mile race, and repeated the adventure across the Pacific Ocean again in 2005.
Today, 2013, with more than 30 candidates from around the world vying for a crew position, but due to limited funding to accommodate a full crew and attract a larger, donated sailboat, two disabled veterans, David Hopkins and Urban Miyares, will be racing, double-handed, aboard Team Challenged America’s Tripp 40 sailboat in the Transpac.
Much in modifications and an adaptations are required of “B’Quest” to safely and comfortably accommodate this two-person crew, advancing rehabilitation further in the design and layout for future offshore racing and sailing vessels crewed by sailors with disabilities, or those who become physically impaired while at sea.
Challenged America was created by disabled veterans in 1978 to self-direct and advance one’s own rehabilitation, and today hundreds participate each year in the (no-cost) Challenged America year-round adaptive sailing program.
Challenged America is a therapeutic program of the charitable and educational, volunteer-driven, 501c3, Disabled Businesspersons Association (DBA). Your support will help make dreams a reality for thousands of kids, adults and veterans with disabilities, and their loved ones.. All donations, contributions and gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent the law allows.