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Sail for Hope
October 15th, 2016
Join us October 15th as we
support the Red Cross Armed Forces Fund, The Edward Oliver (Tad) Sanchez
Memorial Fund at Sail Newport and the Warrior Sailing Program in this year's
Sail for Hope.
The 16th annual Sail for Hope
marks the end of the Newport Sailing Season with a "Last Blast" Around Conanicut Island!
In 2001, in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade
Center, Pentagon, and in the skies over Pennsylvania, a few local sailing
enthusiasts scrambled to organize a regatta to honor and support those
The first Sail For Pride Regatta rallied over 180 boats and
$110,000 designated for charities to support the NYFD firefighters, police
and the victims of the attacks and their families.
The display of patriotism and generosity on and off the water
made a lasting impression in the sailing community. After the inaugural
year, the organizers retired the name Sail for Pride, but continued the event
as Sail For Hope, reflecting the Rhode Island state motto and aimed at
supporting local charities. Charities supported over the years have
included RI Red Cross, Seamen's Church Institute, Newport Harbormaster's
Emergency Equipment Fund, local public high school sailing teams, US Olympic
Sailing Trials and many more, including a huge fund-raising year in 2005
after Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
Unfortunately due to the inclement weather, we had to cancel the
2015 Sail for Hope Regatta, but still held the fundraiser at the IYAC. Racers
chose to donate their entry fees between the RI Red Cross and the Warrior Sailing
To date, nearly $1,000,000 has been raised (since
2001) for various charities.
A party will be held at the Newport Shipyard after sailing.
Join us for awards, trophies and an auction to help support the RI Red
Cross Armed Forces Fund, The Edward Oliver (Tad) Sanchez Fund and the Warrior
Please bring your friends and families to help support these
great causes. Extra wristbands will be available in advance or at the door