Get Involved

When you make a donation to Youth Sailing Virginia, Inc., you give the opportunity for youth in the Hampton Roads area the ability to experience and develop life skills including:

  • self-reliance
  • concentration
  • sportsmanship
  • team work
  • leadership
  • decision making

all of which can be applied from this age through their adult life.  Your gift allows us to share the sport of sailing and provide opportunities for those less fortunate, by bringing our community together on the water and beyond.

5 Easy Ways to Support Youth Sailing Virginia

Option 1: Donate - Your Annual Gift is Vital to YSV

Your support as a Donor provides the financial foundation that is needed to provide the ability for YSV to maintain its fleet of 18 FJ’s, the temporary floating docks, programs, and accessories required to keep our sailors safe on the water. Your donation ensures that future generations will have the opportunity to experience the sport of sailing for years to come.

$50 provides a safety helmet that sailors are required to have during camps, practices and regattas!

$60 provides a Coast Guard Approved Life Jacket for sailors!

$250 provides an underserved student the opportunity to learn-to-sail!

$600 provides the opportunity to purchase a NEW Dolly to move boats around as needed!

$1,800 provides a NEW set of CFJ sails!

$2,000 provides the opportunity to name a boat in honor of someone!

$8,000 provides the opportunity to purchase a NEW CFJ!

$25,000 provides the opportunity to purchase a NEW safety boat!

To make a financial donation to YSV, please make your check payable to Youth Sailing Virginia, Inc. and mail to
P.O. Box 3386
Hampton, VA 23663

Or you may use your credit card to make a secure online donation below. You don’t need a PayPal account to donate. Simply type in the amount you’d like to give.

Thank you!

Donors who gift $2,000 or more will be included into our Community Cruisers Circle and are recognized by naming a boat or sail upon opportunity and approval.


Option #2: Sponsor an event, program or sailor!

There are many opportunities throughout the year to make a difference in our community!

Sponsorship Opportunities:


  • Youth sailor

To learn more about sponsoring or participating in one of the above events please email

Option #3: Gifts of Assets

This can include stocks, bonds, and property (real estate and personal property such as boats and other assets).  These not only provide you with charitable deductions, but often offer additional tax savings as well.  Stock transfers can be made by contacting Board Member, Mark Sarrett:

Mark Sarrett
Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network
Financial Advisor – Hayes Nystrom Sarrett Wealth Management
Office – (757) 926-5257
Toll Free – (866) 561-0663
Mobile – (757) 513-2040
Email –

Option #4: Wish List

If you don’t want it anymore, we might!  Thinking of tossing it away?  We may want it!

We are always in need of the following items:

  • Small motorboats (13 – 20’)
  • Chairs (office or outdoor)
  • Eco-friendly cleaning supplies
  • VHF radios – fixed mount and handheld
  • Fenders & line (any type)
  • Type III Life jackets
  • Sails or hardware for Flying Juniors
  • Coolers (small or large and/or water coolers)
  • Marks and anchors
  • Functional trailer/dolly tires
  • Dry eraser boards
  • Sailing related videos
  • Sailing related books, magazines, games, etc…
  • Navigational equipment (charts, compass, parallel rules, etc.)
  • Water toys (inflatable animals, kick balls, tennis balls, etc.)
  • Science materials relating to ecology or boating (water quality testing, anemometer, weather station, etc.)


If you have items to donate, please email Kevin Eley at Thank you.

Option #5: VOLUNTEER

Climb Aboard and Give Back Through Our Volunteer Program!

If you love sailing as much as we do …..then you have landed in the “right” boat!  YSV has a wide amount of volunteer needs from assisting sailors during a program, working a regatta or special event, general maintenance on our fleet of FJ’s, to restoring a donated boat, building racks or other such needs.

Click here to volunteer with YSV!

2019 Highlights

In 2019, we taught 180 high school and middle school youth how to sail through our sailing programs.

  • Our High School Racing program provided opportunities for 78 students from 7 high schools to honed their competitive sailing skills during regular practices and regattas sponsored by the Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association (VISA). Our racing program included students from Kecoughtan, Phoebus, Hampton, Bethel High Schools, Hampton Roads Academy, Walsingham Academy and Peninsula Catholic School.
  • Our Learn to Sail program enabled 75 middle school youth to learn to swim and learn to sail. We created partnerships with community organizations including the City of Hampton Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services, Boys and Girls Club, and Alternatives Inc. to expand opportunities for disadvantaged youth in our community. Our Learn to Sail program incorporated Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) using U.S. Sailing’s REACH curriculum.
  • We provided scholarships to 65% of our Learn to Sail program participants through the combined efforts of our partners and generous supporters, like you!
  • Provided opportunities for 30 Sea Scouts to experience sailing and develop sailing skills during their spring sailing event.

Our sailing programs enabled youth to experience the many benefits of sailing.  While out sailing, our youth had fun and learned 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

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