As most of you know from our recent letter, the NWISA has mandated a change of boats from the Vanguard 15s we currently have to Flying Juniors that are used in college sailing teams. This will be a good thing for the sailors as they will have a more seamless transition to college sailing when they graduate, but it is a fundraising challenge for us right now. We have ordered two FJs already out of current foundation funds but really need four boats to team race and practice effectively. We are hoping to fund those two extra boats through donations and selling some of our current Vanguard 15s.
We have received a very generous offer from Anne and Ron Collins, long time supporters of the High School Sailing Team and Foundation. They have offered a donation match up to the the price of a new Flying Junior ($8,465) so this is a great opportunity to double the value of any donation that you can make and might give us a realistic opportunity of having a 4 boat fleet in 2015!
Donations are tax deductible. You will receive an official receipt and money can be sent via check to SJISF, PO Box 2464, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 or by credit card or paypal on our site:
I hope everyone is ready for the holidays! For those of you who did not receive our letter through the mail, check it out here, we have had a great year but do need help with the fleet changes that are coming up - thanks!
Congratulations to our High School Sailors Per Black and Alanna Halliday who competed this past weekend in the Cascadia Cup regatta at Sail Sand Point in Seattle. There were 33 teams present from NW High Schools AND Colleges including UBC, UW, UVic and WWU.
Over two days Per and Alanna sailed 14 races in a 33 boat fleet. Here's a shot of Per and Alanna sailing boat #4 in shifty conditions, rounding the weather mark in second place in the third race on Sunday. They finished that race in 3rd! They finished the regatta in 20th place overall. We'll have more comprehensive results soon but they sailed very well, even leading the fleet at times. Well done! ... See MoreSee Less
Hey Everyone, just making an official announcement that we have now ended the summer tuesday evening racing program. It was a great success and we will plan on doing the same next summer. Thanks to everyone who raced! ... See MoreSee Less
Lucky 13 is the number of our new donated boat SOLO. Thanks to Peter Risser and Mars Le Baron we were able to get SOLO in the water a few hours before the start of The Shaw 'no wind" Classic race. The plan is to use SOLO to give the team some spinnaker experience. ... See MoreSee Less
Last night's results. Mars and Nicki took the win again from Per and Conrad. We also had two new race winners, in Jason and Arvid in a 3 way tie for third (we don't do tie breakers here…) with Alaina and Melanie - well done!
Tuesday August 5th is our last night of summer sailing. Come down and cheer on your favorite crew. All are invited up for Pot Luck at Sam and Lowell's after racing, bring your own food to grill. ... See MoreSee Less
Sailing classes are offered cooperatively between San Juan Sailing Foundation and Island Rec. Sailing is an activity that can be pursued and enjoyed for a lifetime. These classes are designed to be a progressive series, beginning with the Introduction or Basic class, and progressing to Intermediate.
The first week's sailing classes at Percich Pond are almost over and we wanted to remind you that there is a picnic and BBQ at the end of each week's classes:
On each Friday, at the end of the week’s sailing classes, the San Juan Sailing Foundation will sponsor a picnic and BBQ at the sailing class site. This is a great opportunity for your young sailors to show off new skills and take the family sailing.
We will have the BBQ going by 5:30, so bring something to grill, your own place settings, and a dish to share.
Remember to bring LIFE JACKETS for everyone who wishes to be on the dock or get into a boat and sail! ... See MoreSee Less
Another fun evening's racing on Tuesday, we had 10 boats out and a light wind but warm and clear evening. We managed to get in two races before the wind died and the fleet headed for the pot luck dinner. Well done to Uma for winning the evening! ... See MoreSee Less
Just a couple more pictures from our first Tuesday evening summer racing program. It was a real success with about 14 sailors showing up and a perfect evening of clear blue skies and 10-14kts of breeze. If you are interested in taking part in some low key, rapid fire, short races on Tuesday evening's, let us know - this is open to anyone interested in sailing on the island. (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less