Zhik

So amped to get a big box in the mail from Zhik USA of gear we can use in our program and/or sell to raise money. Zhik gear is the very best in high performance dinghy sailing, and we want MY SAILors having an experience they will surely not forget. Zhik makes that happen. Please support our sponsors.

Thank you, Zhik!

Donations accepted

We are so grateful in 2020 to the three (actually four) people who donated boats to our program to benefit youth sailors:

  1. Hobie 16 – Ron & Donna Katz
  2. A-Cat – Michelle Pennell
  3. Hobie 18 – John Roush

Donations like these help the foundation tremendously. Do you have a boat in good condition you can donate? How about gear? We could use:

  1. Harnesses
  2. Life jackets
  3. Youth wetsuits
  4. Helmets
  5. Trailers

We accept donations from corporate matches and a host of other sources. Please inquire and please donate. Thanks for helping.

MY SAIL and CYC Seattle join partnership

MY SAIL is in preliminary discussion with the Pacific NW’s largest yacht club to introduce multihull sailing in its junior sailing program. Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle, located in Shilshole Marina, has an extensive junior program using Optis and Vanguard dinghies. The club is looking to MY SAIL to provide sailing opportunities for kids either disenfranchised by slow sailing, or looking to cross train.

The partnership will help both programs expand dramatically as MY SAIL would gain a foothold with one of the most active yacht clubs on Puget Sound. CYC’s location at the north end of Shilshole Marina provides easy access to Shilshole Bay. The bay continually provides steady, medium breezes perfect for teaching kids how to sail.

Expect to hear more as this partnership builds. Stay close to this space for updates.

Big shout out to NW Marine Trade Assn.

Thanks to the Northwest Marine Trade Association! Because of their recent grant MY SAIL will be able to move forward with the purchase of another Hobie 16. Through the support of many of our other donors we were able to almost have enough to buy that third Hobie 16. NMTA’s grant puts us over the top.

And just in time for Whidbey Island Race Week. Our third MY SAIL camp of the season starts next week on July 24. That third boat will come in mighty handy for those youth signed up at the Kids Kamp! (To say nothing about our Lake Quinault camp Aug. 13-15, and all the future camps.)

So thank you VERY much, NMTA, for your generous support. We could not have done it without you!

Big Update

Soooo much has been going on in advance of the Blakely Rock Benefit Regatta. We have an absolutely HUGE raffle planned for the awards party. It is amazing. This year, in addition to all of the usual boat haulouts, boat parts, and gear, we also focused on experiences. Jazz Alley. MoPop. Seattle Shakespeare. Seattle (hot air) Ballooning. The list goes on.

More than that, we have added some fun stuff to the whole day. Start off your morning with (free) coffee and donuts (from Top Pot — the best!!). At the skipper’s meeting be sure to pick up a daffodil and/or tulip to throw in the water as you round the rock in memory of Kelly O’Neill and Carol Pearl. Then back at the barn (aka Sloop Tavern) we have some party surprises which should help the laughter flow!

If you have a boat, get it registered now on Sloop Tavern YC’s website. If you don’t have a boat then come to the party! Shenanigans abound!

Oh! (I almost forgot.) BIG, BIG shout out to the NW Marine Trade Assn. These are the folk who bring us the Seattle Boat Show every year. They awarded MY SAIL $2,000 so we can buy more boats and teach more kids on the water! Yeee hawwwww!!!! Thank you, NMTA!

First BRBR donations are trickling in. This is exciting!

Our first donations for the Blakely Rock Benefit Regatta are already starting to trickle in.  We already have 3 Contributing Sponsors (thank you Jan Anderson & Janpix, Full Service Property Management, & Laura Sullivan), a cash donation (thanks Jim Doty), and raffle commitments from Lizzy Grimm and Jere Bott.

OK guys.  We won’t be thanking everyone who contributes like this (as much as we would like to).  But for the early adopters above we greatly appreciate the support, and for the ones to follow THANK YOU!!

Insurance is on the way!!!

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.

Trailer donated to Red Gear Racing

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.Red Gear Trailer 1

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!

MY SAIL named beneficiary of Blakely Rock Benefit Regatta

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!!

Wanna buy a (barely used) C2?

This F-18 was used by a little old lady to sail to church on Sundays…and the F-18 Worlds going on right now in Sarasota, FL.

Shout out to Goodall Design, makers of the C2.  Goodall is auctioning off not one, but two, C2s for delivery after the Worlds finish at the end of the week.  But the really cool part, and the whole reason you are reading about this, is because they are supporting MY SAIL!!!

A portion of the proceeds from the sale (sail?) of the two sexy boats will be donated to C2MY SAIL Foundation.  Those proceeds will, in turn, be used to help N. American youth learn, sail, race, and play more on multihulls!  Thank you, Greg (Goodall), as well as Jill Nickerson of Red Gear Racing for making this happen.  This one really floats our boat!!

So if you have a knack for a new C2, get on their website for the live, worldwide auction and get yourself one of these hot, new boats.  You’ll be supporting multihull youth sailing in the process.  This is one of those events where coming in second is a winner!!