The Board of Directors of the Sailing Foundation of New York announced today a $50,000 commitment to the pathway development plans of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program. This pledge continues SFNY’s long-time support for Olympic and Paralympic sailing, and SFNY now becomes the first 2016 Silver Medal Partner Club of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program.
“The Sailing Foundation of New York has long been a good friend to the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program,” said Josh Adams (Essex, Mass.), Managing Director, U.S. Olympic Sailing Program. ”The Foundation has helped raise more than $750,000 of direct support for the last three Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams, and we are honored to have the Foundation on board for 2016.”
SFNY joins the St. Francis Yacht Club as a partner organization of the Olympic Program. St. Francis previously made a $100,000 commitment to the Program, establishing them as the first 2016 Gold Medal Partner Club.
“Thanks to the vision of Dooie Isdale and Tom Stark, the Foundation has a great reputation for providing incredible support for our sport, and specifically for young athletes who compete at the highest level.” said Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.), President, SFNY. “Our current board and I want to continue and enhance that reputation. We’re very conscious of the history and legacy of the SFNY. We are looking forward to working hard to support the sailors and the organizations that make our sport great.”
Since 2005, US Sailing’s Medalist and Yacht Club Partner programs have raised over $5 million of support for the US Sailing Team Sperry-Top Sider. For more information about the Club Partner Program, please visit US Sailing’s website: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Support/Club_Partner.htm
About Sailing Foundation of New York
The Sailing Foundation of New York was founded in 2003 by New York Yacht Club Commodore George Isdale Jr., and has been led for the last 10 years by Tom Stark. Since its founding, SFNY has raised more than $4 million to support the sport of sailing.
About the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. US Sailing supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry Top-Sider; other sponsors include Harken Team McLube. Yale Cordage is a supplier. Oakcliff Sailing is an official training center.
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.
Contact: Dana Paxton, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, 401-683-0800, x615, firstname.lastname@example.org