End of the first season of camps, new friends, new skills, memorable experiences, but time to wrap the year up. The boats are readied for winter, plans for next season are being drawn up, and that fundraising activity is just around the corner…
How would you like to support our vision to help some youth learn to become accomplished Hobie sailors, and where could that path lead? maybe the Olympics (yes the games, not that line of mountains we see across Puget Sound).
Thank you to the many folks who helped get our first season of MySail camps on the water. Of course safety is our top priority and how better to start our on-the water activities than a good old capsize! Well, the capsize was staged, but each student got to practice getting the cat back on its paws and ready to sail!
After a classroom session in the club house, our lead trainer, JJ, facilitated the capsize drills, and soon the class is out sailing our fantastic Hobie 16’s on Puget Sound…
Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle (CYC) and Multihull Youth SAIL Foundation (MY SAIL) are pleased to announce a strategic partnership, combining CYC’s vast resources and acclaimed junior sailing program with MY SAIL’s leadership in multihull youth sailing. The partnership promises to enhance both programs significantly.
CYC’s Junior Program will expand its offerings beyond its Opti, FJ, and Vanguard fleets to include MY SAIL’s Hobie 16s. Through this partnership CYC can reach an expanded youth population. It will also be the first yacht club on Puget Sound to offer multihull youth camps. The clubs plan to introduce the Hobie Wave for younger kids in the near future. The partnership paves the way for MY SAIL to assist yacht clubs in offering multihull camps in their junior programs.
The two entities will take advantage of CYC’s prime location at Shilshole Marina to promote and build interest in multihull youth sailing. The 2021 program will feature five weeklong camps in the summer, with plans to double the offering in subsequent years. Participants will learn how to park, tack, gybe, and trap out on the Hobies, with opportunities to race them also.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!!