Boaters on the homefront can show their support for troops involved in Operation Enduring Freedom by donating money to buy sailboards and small sailboats that can be used for off-duty recreation. Two nonprofit organizations, the U.S. Naval Sailing Association and the U.S. Naval Sailing Foundation, are seeking funds with which to purchase small recreational sailing equipment to boost the morale of military personnel stationed on Diego Garcia, a remote island in the Indian Ocean. Spouses and children are not permitted on the base there and recreational equipment is scarce.
Phase one of the “Operation Enduring Wind” campaign is to raise $100,000 by June 1, and then to purchase and send the first shipment of 20 sailboats and boards to Diego Garcia. A kickoff race will be held May 11, with skippers asked to chip in a minimum of $100 toward the phase-one goal. Phase two will expand the effort to other locations. Washington’s Capital Yacht Club, the Naval Sailing Foundation and the Pentagon Sailing Club will donate the proceeds of November’s National Capital Charity Yacht Race to the cause.
For information on the race, call 202-488-0786. Contributions may be sent to: U.S. Naval Sailing Foundation, Navy Station Annapolis, 58 Bennion Rd., Annapolis, MD 21402-5054.