Dear friends and supporters of Youth Sailing Virginia,
As you know, Youth Sailing Virginia, like many organizations, has suspended our sailing operations on the waterfront for the remainder of the spring High School racing season to help eliminate the spread of the coronavirus, however, we have not “closed” our operations.
Our top priority, as always, is the safety and we are doing everything we can to protect our sailors and their families. We continue to provide opportunities for our sailors to learn about sailing and other STEM related topics through on-line classes and by participating in on-line regattas. We are also continuing plans for our summer Learn to Sail program for middle school age students, together with our partner organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula and Alternatives, Inc. Last year, Youth Sailing Virginia was able to provide opportunities for 75 youth to participate in our Learn to Sail program; opportunities that many of these youth would have never had.
Youth Sailing Virginia, an accredited US Sailing Community Sailing Center, has long enjoyed support from the community as we provide opportunities for our youth to learn the lifelong benefits that sailing provides. During the Give 757 campaign, we are asking you to help support our partners now during this critical time. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula needs your support to provide meals to families that are impacted by the effects of the coronavirus. Alternatives, Inc. of Hampton, also needs your support to provide family services including early childhood and school aged assistance with emotional, behavioral therapeutic learning and support. Both would be grateful for your support.
Until then, we thank you for your support and for supporting the Boys and Girls Club and Alternatives, Inc during the Give Local 757 campaign.
Now is the time to give.
Youth Sailing Virginia, Inc.
Together we can reach our goal
Youth Sailing Virginia is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making sailing available and affordable to the youth of the greater Hampton Roads area. Sailing gets kids unplugged and active outdoors.
While out sailing, they are not only having fun, but also learning skills that will serve them well throughout their life. Independence, concentration, self-reliance, decision making, teamwork and leadership are just a few of the life skills that develop in youth sailing.
In 2018 we expanded opportunities, which will continue into 2019 as we open new opportunities for our area youth to experience the many benefits of sailing. None of this would be possible without the generous support of individuals, local businesses, foundations and the tireless work of dedicated volunteers.
Please help us make sailing available for all our area youth by donating to Youth Sailing Virginia!
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During the fall of 2013 Board Member, Gary Bodie presented his dream of a new youth sailing facility at Fort Monroe to a group that included coaches, parents, and other members of the local sailing community. Following this meeting at the Hampton Yacht Club the discussions continued and the dream became a reality with the support of sailors and community business leaders alike. Board Member, Kevin Eley was recruited to head up the organization that became known as Youth Sailing Virginia, Inc. (YSV). With the support of Glen Oder, Executive Director of the Fort Monroe Authority, YSV moved forward to create a practice site. With repaired floating docks anchored in Mill Creek, and seven old FJs, Coach Allen Kilgore’s Kecoughtan and Phoebus High Schools teams began sailing in Mill Creek in March of 2014.
In May of 2014 the opportunity to purchase 18 gently used Flying Juniors from Dartmouth College provided YSV with the matched fleet necessary to host regattas. In August, volunteers began rebuilding a larger float dock donated to YSV. With the 18 boats on the water YSV could now practice for Hampton, Kecoughtan and Phoebus High Schools and Hampton Roads Academy. In October YSV hosted its first scrimmage regatta for the 14 teams of the Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association (VISA).
Let us introduce our boats that allow sailors to enjoy Mill Creek on historic Fort Monroe.
YSV continues looking forward and is committed to improving and upgrading our fleet of 18 Club Flying Juniors. Today the FJ is the predominate class of boat sailed by high school and college sailing teams in the United States. High school sailing is a coed sport. The boats are sailed by a crew of two and spinnakers are not used.