Veterans compete in 2016 Sail To Prevail Belle Haven Challenge Cup

Bank of America sponsors disabled veterans crew in annual sailing competition

On Sunday, June 19, disabled Armed Forces veterans from Connecticut and New York served as active crew members on one of three vintage America’s Cup 12-meter yachts during competitive racing on Long Island Sound for the famed Sail To Prevail Belle Haven Challenge Cup. This is the 18th year Sail To Prevail has organized this unique sailing competition.

2016 marks the fourth year that Bank of America has participated in the Belle Haven Challenge Cup. This year, Bank of America defended its winning title with the assistance of twelve disabled veterans from New York City and Connecticut. Teams competed off Greenwich Harbor in heated races in the America’s Cup racing sailboats American Eagle, Weatherly and Intrepid. Bank of America’s boat, American Eagle, came in Second Place overall after three competitive races.

Joining these disabled veterans were Bank of America employees, including members of the company’s Disability Advocacy Network and Military Support & Assistance Group. Local veteran support organizations including Hope for the Warriors and the Veterans Administration Hospital were invited to share in this unique experience.

“Sail To Prevail’s Belle Haven Challenge Cup provides an excellent opportunity for our veterans to demonstrate their full range of abilities to the community,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut market president, Bank of America. “Each year, we look forward to working with Sail to Prevail in expressing our thanks to those who have dedicated so much to our country.”

One veteran who sailed on Sunday was former U.S. Marine Corps Captain, Paul Mayhugh. Through his participation in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Veterans Associate Program, Paul successfully transitioned in 2015 from the military to private sector employment. Today, Paul works in Bank of America’s Equities Asset Management division in New York City.

“This year’s challenge provided a memorable opportunity for myself and my fellow veterans,” said Paul Mayhugh, Associate, Bank of America. “Bank of America’s employee networks bring multiple opportunities to our veteran employees and those impacted with disabilities, and I was happy to take part in this experience alongside colleagues.”

Proceeds from the 2016 Belle Haven Challenge Cup fund Sail To Prevail’s expanding therapeutic sailing program for disabled veterans throughout New England and New York. During the same weekend, 22 members of the New England chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America participated in a two-day disabled sailing program in Newport, RI. On July 26 and 27, 2016, a record number of disabled veterans (120) from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System will take part in Sail To Prevail’s Summer Sports Clinic.

“We are proud to state that Bank of America has empowered our organization to develop and expand programs that serve an increasing number of disabled veterans each year. This is a direct result of the company’s charitable commitment to Sail To Prevail and its impressive dedication to our country’s veterans,” declared Paul Callahan, CEO of Sail To Prevail at the Belle Haven Challenge Cup Awards Ceremony.

Founded in 1982, Sail To Prevail has created opportunities for over 17,500 disabled children and adults to use sailing as an experience to overcome adversity in their lives. The organization has a growing commitment to serving veterans and works closely with the Paralyzed Veterans of America in hosting therapeutic sailing programs, as well as advanced racing clinics and regattas.

To learn more about Sail To Prevail, its therapeutic sailing programs and events such as the Belle Haven Challenge Cup, visit www.sailtoprevail.org or contact Paul Callahan at (401) 849.8898. Sail To Prevail is a nonprofit organization and accepts charitable contributions to support its work with disabled children, adults and veterans.

Bank of America employee volunteers and disabled Armed Forces veterans sail together during this weekend’s Sail to Prevail’s Belle Haven Challenge Cup, where vets from Connecticut and New York served as active crewmembers on one of three vintage America’s Cup 12-meter yachts sailing on Long Island Sound — Photos by Mary Alice Fisher.

Bank of America employee volunteers and disabled Armed Forces veterans sail together during this weekend’s Sail to Prevail’s Belle Haven Challenge Cup, where vets from Connecticut and New York served as active crewmembers on one of three vintage America’s Cup 12-meter yachts sailing on Long Island Sound — Photos by Mary Alice Fisher.

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