The Warrior Sailing Program utilizes adaptive technology that wounded vets learning to sail use on sailboats provided by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and Sailing Center.

“A lot of times, they leave all the anxieties and the issues that they have of daily living on land,” said Jen French, co-founder of the Warrior Sailing Program. “They go out on the water and they forget all of that.”

French said 21 veterans are participating in the three-day course that ends on Friday. Nathaniel Gorham, 32, from Ft. Meyers, was an Army military police officer who served a tour in Iraq and went blind from exposure.

Gorham said operating the sailboat and being on the water was soothing.

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