2020 will mark the 19th anniversary of the original Sail for Pride. 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 focuses on the mission to supporting local non-profit endeavors. Charities supported over the years have included RI Red Cross, Seamen's Church Institute, Newport Harbormaster's Emergency Equipment Fund, local public high school sailing teams, US Olympic Sailing Trials and many more. Those funds reached outside Rhode Island in 2005 when over $100,000 was raised after Hurricane Katrina's and send to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
To date, over $1,000,000 has been raised for various charities.
For more information on the 2019 Sail for Hope, email Matt Duggan (email@example.com).
Newport Shipyard is proud to support the Sail for Hope Regatta by hosting the after party on Saturday, September 26.
For more information, visit: http://www.newportshipyard.com/events/sail-for-hope