The Sailing Foundation - What We Do
In support of our ongoing missions - supporting youth sailing and improving safety at sea - recent activities of The Sailing Foundation have included:
- In May, the Foundation announced that it has begun a nationwide search for a new full-time position, Director of Youth Sailing. This person will work to raise the level of skills in Pacific Northwest high school and college sailing teams and in summer youth programs in Washington and Oregon. The Directorís work will supplement the Foundationís current support of youth sailing which includes: grants for high school and college teams to travel to national championships; an annual Coaches Clinics for all who coach in the various high school, college and summer youth programs in Washington and Oregon; scholarships that pay fees for summer youth programs and high school programs for youths who qualify for free or reduced-fee lunches in their schools; and funds to support boat transport to high school regattas to enable more boats to be on the starting line and more kids to participate. Click here for the Director job description and application process.
- Organizing the first Summer Sailstice rally to celebrate sailing and summer in Puget Sound. The Summer Sailstice goal was to get as many people out sailing as possible on June 21st, the longest day of the year. The Sailing Foundation invited area sailors to participate in a rally around Blake Island and a beach potluck in Blakely Harbor. There were prizes for bringing the most new sailors on your boat, coming from the furthest distance, having the oldest and youngest aboard and many other categories. Click here for the press release.
- Planning our 2014 Safety at Sea seminar, which was held February 22nd, 23rd & 24th, 2014 on Bainbridge Island.
- Planning our seventh annual Coaches' Clinic on January 18, 2014, at the Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Club. Carl Buchan, Brent Fahey, Scott Boye and Dick Rose were featured speakers. Read more...
- Holding a Lifesling clinic on September 29, 2013, in conjunction with Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. The events for the day included classroom lecture and discussion, and hands-on demonstration of Lifesling rigging. Exceptionally windy conditions on Puget Sound prevented on-the-water drills, but participants each rigged the Lifesling tackle and practiced MOB recovery while alongside the dock. While itís essential to practice on the water, many participants commented that the biggest takeaway from the clinic was the lesson that prior preparation is necessary to ensure that each boat has the tackle necessary and the crew knows how to use it. Thanks to CYC and to all who attended.
- In conjunction with Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle, staging a focused Safety at Sea Seminar for participants in the 2013 Van Isle 360 race. Bob Schoonmaker, TSF board member and US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee member, organized the event and co-moderated with Bruce Brown, US Sailing SAS moderator. In describing Bob's involvement, Bruce stated "I believe we were successful as a result of good organization, a clear understanding of the specifics of the focus of the attendees and a good organization skill and tremendous follow through. Bob made the seminar appear easy to produce, and I know his attention to detail was a tremendous asset." Our thanks and congratulations to Bob, who will also be organizing our 2014 Safety at Sea Seminar.
For more on The Sailing Foundation's activities, check out our News/Articles page.
Who We Are
The Sailing Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, based in the Pacific Northwest and dedicated to the promotion of sailing, with primary emphasis on area youth programs and general boating safety.
Our goal is to ensure a strong, competitive racing environment for young sailors so they can compete successfully in venues around the world. We're also dedicated to research and development of products and techniques that improve safety for the racing as well as the cruising sailor.
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The Sailing Foundation
2635 151st Place NE
Redmond WA 98052-5522