New Program will Support Innovation and Provide Resources to Community Sailing in Five Major Markets Around the USA
BRISTOL, R.I. (April 22, 2019) – US Sailing is set to launch the Siebel Sailors Program, a landmark community sailing program made possible by a ground-breaking donation from the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, led by successful tech industry businessman, sailor, and philanthropist, Tom Siebel. The Program’s purpose is to increase opportunity and diversity in the sport of sailing by providing resources and support to youth sailors at public access sailing centers across the country.
The Siebel Sailors Program will support an important US Sailing objective of providing increased access to sailing for youth, regardless of socio-economic background. US Sailing, through the Siebel Sailors Program, will provide fleets of sail boats, equipment, and expert coaching at community sailing centers initially in five regions across the country. The Program will significantly enhance community sailing center programming, advanced skill development, and competitive opportunities for young sailors.
The Siebel Sailors Program seeks to increase opportunity and diversity in the sport of sailing. By providing resources and support to youth sailors from all backgrounds we will develop skilled and life-long sailors who can participate in all aspects of the sport by creating access to equipment, athlete development resources, and expert coaching at public access sailing centers across the country.
- Boats, coaching, racing equipment, competition, athlete development resources
- Performance Quality Assessment to evaluate skill levels and diversity
- Work with Community Sailing Centers on long-term sustainability
- Five regional Networks, with each Network consisting of one Primary Center and three Supporting Centers.
- A regional US Sailing coach will serve each Network and travel extensively to each Sailing Center to implement training and support local programing.
- To be selected for a Network, a Sailing Center must have an established infrastructure and access to an under-served and at-risk youth populations.
- All Centers must agree that at least 50% of participants in the Program will come from socioeconomically disadvantaged areas.
- Each Center will receive a fleet of six (6) RS Fevas. The Primary Center will also be provided a powerboat.
- Be a US Sailing Accredited Community Sailing Center in good standing.
- Utilize US Sailing certified instructors for all on-water activities.
- Be a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.
- Have existing relationships with outreach groups, specifically those that work with diverse and undeserved populations.
- Demonstrated interest in supporting competitive sailing
The RS Feva XL has been selected for this program as it combines the qualities of being well built, good for instruction and capable of racing. With six boats at each Center and 24 boats in each Network, we are establishing a structure that will allow for students to practice in smaller settings or compete in larger area regattas.
Diversity and Inclusion
US Sailing has been invited to present to the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) program. The program provides diverse college and graduate-level students with a unique look into the world of elite sport.
This eight-day program offers an exciting and rigorous curriculum designed to increase knowledge of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements. Accepted students participate in personal and professional development workshops in preparation for a career in sports. FLAME is an intersectional program, and encourages students of color of all sexual orientations, abilities, genders and gender identities, and income levels to apply.
US Sailing has developed a program that will support continuing education for coaches in each Network. US Sailing will host a Select Coaching Camp that will provide coaches involved in the Program with a foundational base of performance coaching knowledge and practical skills. Based off the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Quality Coaching Framework, the Camps will provide the opportunity to practice new skills, collaborate with other coaches and plan future development in areas that improve overall performance outcomes.
The expectation is that in the future the Coaching education program will become available to coaches, and organizations, that are not involved with the Siebel Sailors Program.
The first three networks have been identified by US Sailing as ones that meet the criteria for inclusion in the Program. San Francisco, Chicago and the Mid-Atlantic Region have been identified as the first Network locations. Future networks will be chosen via an application process.
Sailing Organizations interested in being a part of the program as a Siebel Center or Supporting Center should review the center criteria and application:
For more information on the Siebel Sailors Program, email Youth@USSailing.org
US Sailing is hiring a Siebel Sailors Program Manager to oversee all aspects of the program, as well as Siebel Sailors Program Coaches to implement the training and development of the participating sailors within each region.
For more information on these positions, visit the US Sailing careers webpage: