AYCF's latest quarterly grants and scholarships to area sailors and 501 (c) (3) organizations of $26K brought the AYCF contributions to more than $130K for the year.
Three local amateur sailors, all seeking to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics, received grants in support of their requisite training and participation in national and international level sailing competitions leading up to the Paris games: Leo Boucher (ILCA 7 Class; lwbsailing.com); Casey Cabot (49er Class; lcracing.org); and James Golden (ILCA 7 Class; Jamesgoldensailing.com).
“I will use the grant money for Fall and Winter training, preparing for the ILCA7 Worlds in Adelaide, Australia,” offered Boucher, a recent graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He continued, “My short-term sailing goal is to improve my starting skills in big fleets which will help me reach my long-term goal of qualifying for the Paris 24 Olympic Games.”
The Foundation awarded non-profit organization grants to Warrior Sailing (WarriorSailing.org) and US Patriot Sailing (uspatriotsailing.org) in support of their programs for wounded, ill and injured military service members and veterans.
“The generous support from the AYCF allows us to provide a safe, effective and fun training camp for veterans with disabilities at no cost to the participating veterans,” said Cory Kapes, Warrior Sailing Program Manager. Kapes added, “Sharing this sport and community is our way of saying thank you to these veterans for their service and sacrifice.”
AYCF also granted scholarships to two high school students so they can participate in their school sailing programs, held at West River Sailing Club.