About Valhalla Sailing Project
Since 2015, we’ve been rebuilding our Veterans sense of family, community, teamwork through sailing.
The Founders, Michael Wood and James McGinnis, both disabled combat veterans and competitive sailors, have experienced first-hand the benefits of competitive sailboat racing in their own transition to civilian life. The demand for team coordination, integrated communication and reliance on your teammate that is required in successful one-design racing directly mirrors those same aspects of the veteran’s service whether as part of a Marine Corps or Army infantry team, a Navy boat crew or an Air Force aircraft crew. It is precisely this camaraderie and sense of belonging that many veterans describe as the thing they struggle to find after transitioning to civilian life.
Connecting wounded, disabled, and transitioning Veterans with one another and the larger sailing community through the sport of sailing to promote veteran well-being and address the issues surrounding veteran suicide.