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!!

Youth Report from H-16 N. American Championships

One of the functions of MY SAIL is to support youth (and almost youth) teams in their quest to compete at levels higher than just the local regattas.  Besides the obvious, incredible, sailing experience gained at these highly competitive events, the youth also learn a ton about goal setting, budgeting, and a host of other life skills.

MY SAIL sponsored 3 youth teams into the 2018 H-16 N. American Championships in Navarre, FL.  Below is the report from the highest ranking youth team — 11th out of 67!  (Boat #6 in photo.)

“Returning home after the Hobie 16 North American Championship, recently held in Navarre Beach,Fl, was certainly bittersweet. After a week of tough racing and a 25 hour drive each way I was excited to get home and finally enjoy a full night sleep in my own bed, but I wasn’t excited to go back to “real-life”. Coming home on the long drive did allow me to deeply reflect on the event and our performance as a team. Finishing in 11th place overall in a fleet of 66 was not something we had even considered asa possibility Tommycoming into the event, our goal was to place in the top 25, and as I drove home I kept thinking about how much more was possible for us as a team if we kept working to become better sailors. Though Caden and I sailed far and above our expectations, we still learned many valuable lessons, pertaining both to our performance on the water and our team organization off the water.

“On the water we had just three goals for every race; have good starts, sail clean, and and have consistently good scores. For the majority of the races held in the first three days of racing during the qualifier series we were able to achieve all of these things, our stars on all but two races were excellent, we were able to finish inside the top ten in all but 2 of the 8 races held in that portion of the regatta, and aside from one incident on leg 1 or race 1 where we had to do a penalty turn we managed to sail the rest of the regatta without commiting a foul. So at the end of day three we were sitting in 7th, which was both incredible and incredibly stressful, but we decided if we kept fulfilling our goal we could maintain our position. However he first two races held in gold fleet were our worst of the regatta. Two terrible starts and two very bad scores sent us out of the top ten. On the final day of racing we managed to salvage our regatta, finishing the last race with a 5. Getting a top 5 finish in gold fleet at a north americans for me was a very proud moment, and it managed to bring us just one point outside the top ten. After all was said and done, we managed to exceed our expectations and goals for this event and then some, and we are hoping to keep our momentum going next season.”

We received tax-exempt status!

You don’t get that kind of a letter from the IRS every day!

Yesterday we received a letter from the IRS approving our application for tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)3!  That means people can make contributions to the foundation either in the form of cash or boats/equipment and receive a receipt as a tax-deductible donation.

So if you have been chomping at the bit for a funding source to support youth multihull sailing, well, chomp no more!  See our website for instructions on how to make a donation.

Kids just want to have fun-un!!

This was shared with me today from Steve Murray of Murray’s Marine (a great guy and a great sailing shop):

Are we focused on FUN . . . first ?

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THE SECRET TO RAISING A PRODIGY (#5095)
In addition to giving kids early and fun access to the water via sailing dinghies, I don’t see almost any kids putting around in prams and skiffs with small outboards.

From the moment I got my “trusty” British Seagull 40+ engine around the age of nine, I was on the water at every opportunity, exploring Santa Cruz Harbor and Sierra lakes, trailed by an unfortunate blue haze of traditional outboard exhaust.

I learned about engine maintenance (thank you, British Seagull!), rules of the road (avoid larger vessels), patience (no planing), and the joy of being in complete control of one’s course and destination. That experience brought out the Tom Sawyer (and occasionally the Huck Finn) in my early boating.

A frequent reason for US Sailing Level 1 instructor candidates to not pass the certification on the first try is a lack of powerboat skills, which are obviously vital for sailing coaches. I can understand why: while most prospective coaches may have had access to Optis, El Toros, and CFJs, they may not have experienced the delight of powered dinks.

Seems like it would be a hell of a popular junior yacht club activity, but perhaps I am trying to re-introduce the buggy whip…
– Chuck Hawley

This was put out a few years ago from a kid’s perspective:

1. To have FUN!
2. To improve skills.
3. To make new friends.
4. To be good at something.
5. For excitement.
6. To get exercise.
7. To play as part of a team.
8. For the challenge.
9. To learn new skills.
10. To win.

Research shows children always put FUN at the top of their list. Let’s remember why our children want to play sports, and we’ll all end up winning!
– Mark Lammens