Published on Thursday, 12th September 2019 - 7:26PM09/12/2019
2019 will mark the 18th anniversary of the original Sail for Hope. This year we will raise funds for The Rhode Island Red Cross, the Warrior Sailing Program and the Tad Sanchez Youth Sailing Program at SN.
In 2001, in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and in the skies over Pennsylvania, a few local sailing enthusiasts scrambled to organize a regatta to honor and support those affected. The first Sail For Pride Regatta rallied over 180 boats and $110,000 designated for charities to support the NYFD firefighters, police and the victims of the attacks and their families.
The display of patriotism and generosity on and off the water made a lasting impression in the sailing community. After the inaugural year, the organizers retired the name Sail for Pride, but continued the event as Sail For Hope, reflecting the Rhode Island state motto and focused the mission to support local non-profit endeavors.
Charities supported over the years include Seamen’s Church Institute, Newport Harbormaster’s Emergency Equipment Fund, local public high school sailing teams, US Olympic Sailing Trials, The Rhode Island Red Cross hurricane relief funds, emergency assistance to active duty families and many others.
To date, over $1,000,000 has been raised for various charities.