Catch a Lift

Catch a Lift

Catch a Lift Initiative

US Sailing’s 2016 Annual Appeal initiative, Catch A Lift, will give young sailors the lift they need to learn, improve and excel. Your generous contribution will be directed to US Sailing’s Youth Programs and Instructor Training Programs.

  • Instructor Training
    Each year over 200,000 young sailors embark on their sailing journey under the guidance of a US Sailing Certified Instructor. The nearly 6,000 US Sailing certified instructors are making a profound impact on our sport and your support expands and enhances US Sailing Instructor Training Programs.
  • Skill Builder Clinics
    Invest in US Sailing Skill Builder Clinics and provide top national coaching to young sailors around the country.
  • New Youth Development Initiative
    Whether young sailors dream of ocean racing, becoming ICSA College Sailor of the Year, circumnavigating the globe, or winning Olympic Gold for the USA; the new US Sailing Youth Development Initiative will provide the guidance, connections and resources required to achieve their dreams. In 2016, help US Sailing create a Level 4 Coach program to establish consistently high standards for private and club coaches.
Every dollar invested in the Catch A Lift initiative helps to keep young sailors engaged and builds the skills and confidence they need to reach their dreams - both on the water and in life.

Additional Opportunities to Support Sailing

Where Most Needed

Provide US Sailing’s leadership with the flexibility to allocate resources strategically by requesting that your contribution be allocated to the areas of greatest need.

Community Sailing


Many first time sailors are introduced to the sport through inclusive sailing programs at community sailing centers. At US Sailing, we believe the rapid growth in community sailing is an exciting trend that is shaping the future of our sport. Your support of the First Sail Campaign will be directed to community sailing programs in grants to improve their facilities and equipment, train instructors and offers sailing scholarships to kids as well as to offer adaptive sailing programs for wounded vets and the disabled.

Reach-Stem Education


Inspire kids to have fun learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Reach uses sailing as a novel, exciting platform for learning essential academic and life skills.

Race Management

Foster the growth of participation in racing by guaranteeing that regattas are fair and well run. Support US Sailing’s comprehensive race official training programs. Provide qualified race management at the club, national and international levels. Your contributions train highly qualified race officials and help to offset travel costs for US Sailing’s volunteer corps of certified race officials.

National Championships

Provide opportunities for sailors of all ages to race against top national competitors at US Sailing’s National Championships. Contributions help fund the US Sailing Sailorship Program to provide travel grants to worthy sailors who qualify for the nationals, but can’t afford to get there.


US Sailing Safety at Sea programs set high standards for the most authoritative and proven methods for keeping sailors safe. US Sailing’s Offshore office helps get racers to the start line. Go there for USA sail numbers, ORR, IRC and HPR ratings, PHRF nation-wide handicap listing and where to find offshore safety training. In addition they maintain the standards of safety courses, develop on-line safety training, offer database/certificate management services to PHRF fleets and train and certify the offshore/big boat measurers.

Adaptive Sailing

US Sailing adaptive sailing program provides opportunities for disabled sailors to learn and compete in a safe and fun environment. Your support for adaptive sailing gives the disabled a special freedom that is empowering, uplifting and changes lives.


To help them win in Rio, it’s up to US. The United States is the only nation to legislatively eliminate funding for Olympic sports. Your national sailing team is 100% privately funded by donations and sponsorship. With less than a year before the games, every minute and every dollar counts. Your support for the US Sailing Team Sperry Olympic and Paralympic teams provides the resources our sailors need to compete against the most talented and well-funded sailors in the world.