Video: Kool PWC Stuff Supports Take Point Now Veterans Record Attempt

It’s a great thing to rally behind those who would step up to preserve freedom, especially as they risk considerable harm to themselves in doing so. Many a fine organization has risen up to advocate our nation’s wounded soldiers and we applaud each of them.

Recently, we were introduced to Take Point Now. Not solely a charity, but as the official website describes, “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.” A crew of six are looking at doing exactly that…by setting a new world record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a jet ski.”

Informing us of this exciting effort was our friends at Kool PWC Stuff. Owner Chris Chamberlain stated, “we have recently donated a couple of custom racks to these guys! You should look into them.” Indeed we did, and were impressed with what we found.

Using two runabouts, a Kawasaki STX-15F and a Yamaha FZS SHO, John Pignone, Greg Raney, John Kilby, Erika Christie and Jim Kieffer are looking at traveling the Atlantic Coast – and making a stop at the Pro Watercross Tour event in Colonial Beach, Virginia – before crossing “the pond.”

The team has a great deal of history together, as they served together from 2004 to 2005, in the Al Anbar province in Iraq. Then known as Major Ewing, Staff Sergeant Kilby, Sergeant Raney, Sergeant Pignone, and Lance Corporal Dixon, the team experienced “both physical combat and mental stressors and challenges. Ten years later, the team is still together and focused on a new objective – breaking the Guinness World Record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a personal watercraft (PWC).”

Currently, Take Point Now is in the midst of training, equipping and navigating their route before executing it later this summer. Take Point Now maintains a very active YouTube channel updating regularly with new videos and webisodes. We strongly suggest checking them out and following their journey.

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.


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