2016 marks the 15th running of Sail for Hope. 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 affected.
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.
2015 marked another great year for the Sail for Hope regatta. On a great day for sailing, over 80 teams circled Conanicut Island on Saturday, October 4. Ranging from speedy Marstom 32s to a Hobie 14 to our fleet of J/22s, we were happy to raise money for the Warrior Sailing Program and RI Red Cross.
To date, nearly $1,000,000 has been raised for various charities.
Newport Shipyard is proud to support the Sail for Hope Regatta by hosting the after party on Saturday, October 15.
The Warrior Sailing Program, RI Red Cross Armed Services Families and Edward Oliver Sanchez III "Tad" Youth Sailing Fund
The Warrior Sailing Program is dedicated to maritime education for wounded, ill and injured service members of the US military. We facilitate opportunities, communicating experiences and building partnerships between the military and marine communities while eliminating the barriers to entry and promoting continued engagement.
The RI Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Fund is a local charity. This charity assists servicemen and servicewomen and their families to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Also the RI Red Cross Service ensures that current and eligible former service members have ready access to emergency communications, case management services, and finally emergency financial assistance.
Edward Oliver Sanchez III "Tad" Fund for Youth Sailing at Sail Newport
Growing up on the waterfront in New Bedford and Block Island, our dear friend, Tad had a lifelong love for the sea and everything it represented. The “Edward Oliver Sanchez, III Youth Sailing Program at Sail Newport” fund is being developed at Sail Newport. In keeping with Tad’s spirit for recreational and competitive sailing, this fund will provide the youth in our community the opportunity to experience and sail on many different types of sailboats.
Tad was a team member of some of the world’s most magnificent racing yachts ever built such as: “Titan”, “Harrier”, ”Shockwave”, “Interlodge”, “Akela”, “Encore” and “Laura (KZ-5)”. Tad has supported numerous Sail Newport efforts over the years and this memorial fund will live out his passion.
While his journey was shorter than anticipated, he was always with tightly trimmed sails, spinnaker up on a warm summer breeze, with all flags proudly flying, yours for a fair tide.