Quemuel Arroyo: Championing Accessibility in Sailing and Beyond

By Breanne Boatwright & Lexi Pline As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at US Sailing this September and October, we were fortunate to sit down with Quemuel Arroyo, Chief Accessibility Officer for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), to discuss his Hispanic heritage and his experiences as a disabled sailor.  Spending summers in the Dominican Republic,…Read More

A Conversation With Lou Sandoval

US Sailing is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 to October 15. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on…Read More

Finding Pride: A Conversation with Caroline Young

In celebration of Pride Month, US Sailing connected with Caroline Young to discuss her experience coming out while in college in the early 2000s and how she has found a purpose supporting LGBTQ+ youth in sailing as a coach at Eckerd College. Caroline has a highly decorated sailing career. Most recently, she won the 2021…Read More

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

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