You can’t believe how big of a mountain we had to climb to get insurance.
As you can imagine, insurance is pretty critical for what we do. I mean, what would happen if someone’s baby boy or girl slips off the boat and hurts themselves or worse? Of course we take a gazillion safety measures to insure nothing ever happens…and nothing has yet (knock on wood). But the word ‘accident’ got coined for a reason.
So we finally got a proposal we can work with that won’t cost an arm and a leg, and will allow us to provide the protection for our volunteers and participants that we need. Yippeee for us! It also means we are now officially registered with US Sailing as a non-profit foundation.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you had a trailer on the beach where you could store sails and gear, have a small workshop for making repairs, and otherwise have a central point where youth could gravitate to? Well all of those functions (and more!) came to Red Gear Racing in Clearwater, FL with the addition of a new (to them) trailer.
The box trailer is Nigel Pitt’s old, double axle, road-warrior trailer that has now been converted into a mini-shop and focal point the kids can call home, of sorts. It is permanently located at Red Gear’s training site, and came about as the result of a generous donation from a Texas benefactor.
MY SAIL is committed to helping existing programs such as Red Gear by being a funding conduit. In this case a benefactor wanted to give this sizeable donation to Red Gear, but wanted to see at least a small return in the form of a tax deduction. MY SAIL was able to accomplish the task so everyone wins — especially the kids!
The Sloop Tavern Yacht Club hosts the Blakely Rock Benefit Regatta (BRBR) every April from Shilshole Marina, around Blakely Rock, and back. They also hold a silent raffle the night before with products and services from a variety of sponsors. The proceeds from that raffle are then donated to a local charity. It is a really cool concept that has been roundly received by sailors throughout Puget Sound.
MY SAIL is excited to announce that the Sloop Tavern YC selected MY SAIL to be the recipient of those charity proceeds for 2019. Previous recipients are some very prestigious organizations, so MY SAIL is in good company.
We are super excited about our selection for a couple of reasons. First of all, the funds we receive will be infused into local sailing programs and take these programs to the next level. In addition, the BRBR and Sloop Tavern YC are both highly respected with a high-profile legacy that will bring MY SAIL’s mission to thousands of people.
Thank you STYC! We look forward to blowing the doors off this thing, and making it the best regatta to date!!