Finding Community in Sailing

Patrick Burks is a sailor, race official, umpire, and coach – and a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Burks first came out as gay in high school “because that was the best I could describe myself at the time,” said Burks. “Since then I’ve found out just how intricate sexuality and gender is, and have…Read More

HŌKŪLE’A: The Revival of Polynesian Voyaging Sailboats

  On the last day of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage month, we are highlighting the Hōkūle'a - a modern recreation of an ancient Polynesian voyaging canoe built in the 1970s to revive the tradition of Polynesian voyaging. In 1975, Hawaiian artist and historian Herb Kawainui Kāne set out to challenge the notion that…Read More

Noe Velasco: Building a Legacy on the Water

When you think of Polynesian sailors, you may think of outrigger canoes and voyages made thousands of years ago, led by the stars. But Asian American and Polynesian sailors are also at the cutting edge of modern sailing scene.    Both connected to that legacy and forging her own, 16-year-old Noe Velasco is defining what it…Read More

Marie Rogers: From Newcomer to Change Maker

When Marie Rogers got out sailing for the first time at the age of 28, she fell in love. Since then, she’s become the first Black woman to hold the Commodoreship at a Los Angeles Yacht Club, become a 50-T Master Captain and certified sailing instructor, started a community sailing program, and participated in major…Read More

The Siebel Sailors Program: Inclusion in Action

According to the American Psychological Association, participation in sport can provide benefits to underrepresented communities, “but only within an intentionally created environment.”   That’s exactly what the Siebel Sailors Program aims to do.   "In order to get more Black students involved, we at white-led organizations need to check ourselves to see if we’re reaching out in…Read More