There aren’t a lot of people who would be eager to take on the challenge of sailing from St. Petersburg to the island of Isla Mujeres near Cancun, Mexico, in less than 50 hours.
But when you’ve ridden through the mountains of Afghanistan on horseback carrying a Benelli M4 Super 90 combat shotgun, sailing 456 miles seems like a breeze.
At least, that’s what retired Green Beret Master Sgt. Scott Neil figured as he set sail Friday, April 27, with Team American Freedom to participate in the 50th anniversary of the Regata del Sol al Sol international sailboat race to Mexico.
Neil’s motivation to participate in the regata goes beyond a craving for adventure, however.