Challenged America Volunteer Sails to Tahiti (Part 2/4)

Roughing it: San Diego to Tahiti by Marshall Lubin

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 2: Trouble in Paradise

Then there was our passenger. The woman who refused to watch a video on sailing and be a part of the crew decided she would rather sit and watch. She had a fight with her boyfriend and not getting sufficient satisfaction from berating him started in on me. I was sleeping in my cabin, door ajar, and was summoned to the saloon. I refused, stating, “I’m busy, sorry, can’t come out!” Difficult to support that statement when she could look in the cabin and see I was lying in my bunk. So…I complied, even though I didn’t want to be part of a festering problem, didn’t want to get involved in their argument. I could foresee disaster resulting from this coming encounter. Continue reading

Volunteers needed for the Wooden Boat Festival

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 ( if you are available to help on any of the following shifts.

Sat, 6/15 8:00*- 1:00 1:00 – 5:00
Sun, 6/16 9:00 – 12:30 12:30 – 4:30*

* includes setup or teardown
Visit the festival Facebook page: 

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.

Doug Shaw
Volunteer Companion Sailor


Challenged America will, once again, have a booth at the San Diego Sportsfishing Council’s “Day At The Docks”, at H&M Landing on Scott Street, Sunday, April 15…a fun day for the entire family. Want to help out at the Challenged America booth for this one-day event? Let us know.

11th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Feast @ Fiddler’s Green Restaurant



The Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all weekend long … so celebrate with Challenged America on Sunday, March 18 at the

11th Annual St. Patrick’s Day

Feast @ 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.

SUNDAY, March 18, 2011, 5:30 PM to 8 PM
Fiddler’s Green Restaurant
2760 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

(619) 222-2216

The well-known “in spot” on the San Diego waterfront where everyone meets for fine steak and seafood, beverages and entertainment, Feast @ 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, Fiddler’s Green Restaurant owner 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 is a charitable, therapeutic sailing program for kids, adults and veterans with disabilities founded in San Diego by disabled veterans in 1978.