SailAhead.. Moving Forward at 3rd Annual Sailing Event

‘This event helps to honor and remember our 219 ‘Mates,’ said Sean Duclay at the third annual SailAhead
‘This event helps to honor and remember our 219 ‘Mates,’ said Sean Duclay at the third annual SailAhead "Let’s Take a Veteran Sailing" Event.
The event opened with the Presentation of Colors by the U.S. Marines.
The event opened with the Presentation of Colors by the U.S. Marines.
Families and skippers of all 50 sailboats gathered at designated areas for the opening ceremony before boarding.
Families and skippers of all 50 sailboats gathered at designated areas for the opening ceremony before boarding.
Sean Duclay (left) along with his Dad, Thierry and brother Kilian, begin the logistics of boarding 190 veterans and their families for an afternoon of sailing.
Sean Duclay (left) along with his Dad, Thierry and brother Kilian, begin the logistics of boarding 190 veterans and their families for an afternoon of sailing.
The Greenlawn American Legion Post 1244 and their American Legion Riders are important supporters of the SailAhead organization and together are doing a lot to help veterans in our community.
The Greenlawn American Legion Post 1244 and their American Legion Riders are important supporters of the SailAhead organization and together are doing a lot to help veterans in our community.

With 190 veterans, and many more guests in attendance, 50 sailboats ranging from 30’ to 57’ crowded Centerport Harbor for the third annual SailAhead "Let’s Take a Veteran Sailing" Event. Hosted by the Centerport Yacht Club, this event is run by Whitman graduates Sean and Kilian Duclay to help spread awareness of PTSD and Veteran suicides.

SailAhead ‘Mates’ who were honored and remembered at this event, are veterans who have taken their lives due to PTSD. From fundraising events, SailAhead was able to bring six of the ‘Mates’ families from across the Nation to Long Island to participate in this event.

‘This event helps to honor and remember our ‘Mates’ and their family members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Sean Duclay. “There are 219 ‘Mates’ that we’re are honoring today.”  SailAhead was started by the Duclay brothers and their family to use sailing and the ocean as a therapeutic platform to help heal PTSD suffering veterans. The SailAhead team has just returned from Tacoma Washington for a similar event to honor Ryan James Day Ryan, an Army Ranger, who ended his life on December 15th, 2014 at the age of 21!  Ryan's parents Linda and Jim, as well as Ryan's two younger brothers Justin and Evan were guests of honor for the Centerport event.

“I’d like to thank my family, the Centerport Yacht Club, the American Legion Post 1244, the Cadets from the Annapolis, West Point, and the Merchant Marine Academy, all of our volunteers, and of course our skippers who have graciously volunteered their time and their boats for today’s event,” said Sean.  After the opening ceremony and surrounded by family, friends, and volunteers, our veterans and guests boarded their sailboats for a perfect day on the open water.