Making the sport of sailing affordable, accessible and inclusive to Upper Keys and South Dade children since 2006
IT’S BEEN A BANNER 2021-2022 YEAR FOR YOUTH SAILING IN THE UPPER KEYS
With the end of the academic school year almost in the rear view mirror, we can proudly say that we that we made strong headwinds on the youth sailing front. For the first time in our history, we brought day-time sailing to more than 25 home schooled Keys kids. Others were introduced to the excitement and challenge of windsurfing while our youngest 5 to 7 year olds got a taste of sailing and adventure on the water with our new Starfish after school program. The 13th Annual Buccaneer Blast Regatta, held at Rowell’s Waterfront Park February 4 – 6, 2022, attracted more than 200 of the top opti and laser sailors from around the country and the Caribbean for the second year in a row, and boasted unprecedented local support from nearly a dozen sponsors. And last year’s sailing camp season also got more than 200 of our local kids sailing and connecting with friends and their marine environment all summer long. We’re not going to rest on our laurels though. We’re hoisting our sails and rigging up for another record-breaking year in 2023.
OUR YOUTH SAILING SCHOLARSHIP DRIVE IS IN FULL SUMMER SWING!
Summer ushers in a season of discovery, adventure and new friendships for all kids and teens attending our Florida Keys Summer Sailing Camp. It’s also the time when we’re able to give back the most to our community and make it possible for economically disadvantaged Keys kids to attend our sailing camp. We’ve already gotten a head start raising funds to provide full scholarships (valued at $495 per child for 2 weeks) to 25 local kids and teens whose families could really use some financial help this summer. But as always, we rely on the endless generosity of our amazing Upper Keys community to get as many kids on sailboats as possible.
We’re asking for a $250 donation, and MSYSP will match that amount so that a child or teen in need can enjoy two weeks of sailing and good times with friends on the water this summer. In return for your generosity, we’ll give you a shout out on our Facebook and Instagram pages and include your logo or name on our website. The Florida Keys Summer Sailing Camp sets sail May 31 – August 5th at the Upper Keys Sailing Club.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY
Making a donation has never been simpler and faster. Just choose the payment method that works best for you:
- Zelle us by adding “firstname.lastname@example.org” as a recipient (last four digits are “2600)
- Send us a good old fashioned check payable to MSYSP and mail to 100 Ocean Bay Drive, Key Largo, FL 33037
- Finally, feel free to use our PayPal link. You can cover the PayPal fee upon request:
Thank you for supporting the Mark Sorensen Youth Sailing Program!