It's memorial day weekend and we were back in the water. We're glad for it because this is a day that we hold close to our hearts. We were out enjoying the day but, ever-present in our minds, is the reason why we're doing this and the memory of those who will never be able to do something like this ever again.
We gave the radios a try. They worked fairly well at about 5 miles. However, their huge FAIL moment? They DON’T FLOAT as advertised. We’ve lost two of them. One in the Severn River and one in the Atlantic Ocean.Read More
Here it is, folks. A Texan on a jet ski. The temperature is so cold Greg has put all his snow boarding gear on outside his wet suit. He's the Wheel Man . . and now he proves it on the water.Read More
While recovering from life threatening congestive heart failure and a severe injury to my C-spine incurred while deployed to Ramadi Iraq, I had no idea if I would ever live a normal life again. My heart was damaged and I was in constant pain from the compression of my spinal cord in my neck and upper back. I sometimes struggled to walk and spent days in my bed or on my couch. I was deeply depressed and dealing with a broken body and spirit. But being a Marine meant that I was never alone even if I thought I was.Read More
Last weekend was supposed to have been a chance to practice for our upcoming Operation Sea Lion. (That is the ride from Arlington to Ocean City.) But the weather had other plans in store for us. Now a lot of people have been expressing surprise at the fact that we ride our jet skis in the winter. However, we prepare for this. As former Marines, we've been through cold weather training and have extensive experience operating in adverse weather and extreme conditions.Read More
Operation Sea Lion is our first long distance ride. We're aiming for about 300 miles. Our ultimate goal is to cross the Atlantic fast enough to break Álvaro De Marichalar's record set in 2002. In order to do that we have to gain the same level of PWC experience that a professional PWC racer has and we have to gain that experience in a matter of weeks.Read More
TAKE POINT…NOW started with 7 people.Read More
Here's our rough timeline. This will change as dates and events come and go and new opportunities present themselves. We are just beginning but our world record push will be here before long.
February 1-2: OPERATION SEA LION
Ride from Columbia Island Marina, Arlington VA (next to the Pentagon) to Ocean City, Maryland.Read More
TAKE POINT NOW has truly gotten underway. Here's the team, John Pignone, Greg Raney, John Kilby, Erika Christie and Jim Kieffer. More people will join and all are welcome. So what is TAKE POINT NOW? It's an imperative, a call to action. It's a command. It is our effort to inspire our fellow veterans to take back their awesome, extraordinary lives by setting a new world record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a jet ski.Read More