Sail Newport announced today in a press release that sixty-seven sailboats have registered to participate in Saturday’s Sail for Hope race around Jamestown Island.  The event is an annual fundraiser organized by Sail Newport since 9-11 to raise funds for community needs. 

Selected charities to benefit from this year’s event include Red Cross relief for the Bahamas, Warrior Sailing – a veterans’ organization, and Sail Newport’s Tad Sanchez Youth Big Boat Sailing Program.  

“Chuck Brown (Newport, RI)  and I have sailed together every year since the first race right after 9-11 and that was a very powerful, sad, but inspiring day.  It’s always been a fun race and a great way to end the sailing season in Newport,” says Phip Hallowell (Middletown, RI) who will sail on “Chuck Wagon” in a press release provided by Sail Newport.

“It’s wonderful that there is a choice where to donate and everyone feels strongly about giving to the charities. This year we’re very happy to be focusing on help for the Bahamas,” he adds.

A wide variety of boats are entered (varying-delete) including the largest boat, a Cookson 80’ owned by Cary St. Onge of Jamestown. Other boats range in design, speed and size and several classes of PHRF are offered for non-spinnaker and spinnaker racing. Also, a class of multi-hull boats will include trimaran and catamaran entrants.

Classic vessels are also registered including the majestic 50’ schooner “Fortune” to be helmed by Newport sailors John Taft and Tom Glassie.  Several 28’ Herreshoff S Class boats will also compete.

In addition, the classically-designed wooden sloop, built in 2010, W-Class 37 “Cavalino” will compete with Newport’s Donald Tofias at the helm.

Funding from the race will benefit Bahamas residents who remain in communities ravaged by Hurricane Dorian and urgently need emergency shelter materials, access to clean water and sanitation supplies, basic hygiene items and more. Many people still haven’t been able to reach friends and family members to let them know that they’re ok, and Red Cross volunteers are working tirelessly to help reconnect these families.

There are two other charitable options for donations including Warrior Sailing and the Tad Sanchez Youth Big Boat Program at Sail Newport.  Warrior Sailing benefits soldiers who participate in a recreational racing program.  The Youth Big Boat Program at Sail Newport is for teenagers who wouldn’t ordinarily have access or connections to sail on a keelboat or a boat bigger than the traditional youth dinghies.  

Registration for the event is still open and boats may register even if they don’t have a PHRF rating. Sail Newport will assign a rating for the day for the casual race around Jamestown.

The Newport Shipyard will host a fundraising party after the racing ends for entrants and guests. Tickets for the social are priced at $30 per person and includes a cookout with burgers, hot dogs, clam chowder and pulled pork sandwiches. A cash bar will also be available. For tickets, contact: emily.greagori@sailnewport.org.

For more information: http://www.sailnewport.org

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