In loving memory of Brandi Wahl-Lueders
Bash to the Colonies
Bash to the Colonies! Please come help us help those with disabilities become those with ABILITIES!
How it started... Two guys, sitting over some "cold ones" one night after a great day of sailing on Lewis & Clark Lake, talking about their awesome day of sailing the entire length of the lake. Any time you have two sailboats going in the same direction you have a race. And like the majority of sailors they really didn't like being bothered by the plethora of rules when it comes to racing around the cans. So, with that being said, Jeff bought Trace another "freshie" and more ideas flowed until it was decided that more people would love to be involved in a great day of fun competition. The day is not all about winning but rather giving back while competing. A race where the first rule was to affix your Corona when rounding the mark, so as to not be accused of alcohol abuse.
The first year, 2007, the race was a "no donation" completely sponsored by the Lewis & Clark Resort, you remember, the year that the wind died, but spirits didn't and the 20 participating boats enjoyed the day.
The second year was the introduction of Special Olympics. Nicole, our eldest daughter was asked to help with fund raising for Special Olympics. Special Olympics has always been near and dear to the hearts of the Wahl family. Brandi Wahl Lueders was born with Down Syndrome, but that never stopped her from having a full life and competing in Special Olympics. Starr, Brandi's mother, served on the board of Special Olympics South Dakota in the mid 80's. With the second year came donations for entries which were all contributed to Special Olympics and the event was again sponsored by the Lewis & Clark Resort. In year two, more than $800 was raised with 30 vessels participating.
2016 will be the 10th annual Bash to the Colonies. This year we are very excited to announce two huge changes in the event. This year all the funds raised will stay completely local with the Yankton Special Olympics. We have also begun to expand the committee to include: Yankton residents, Special Olympics Athletes, parents of child Athletes, Yankton Special Olympics members, and some of the enthusiasts who have been involved from the beginning.
We are all so excited for the event this year and can't wait for the festivities to begin.
See you at the races,
Jeff and Judy Wahl
"Just Passing Wind"