i420 Worlds Campaign

$5,825 of $11,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 2 months
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- 2 paintings worth $1000 will be given away. You need not be present to win a painting. All 3 of your tickets will be entered. 
We,  Micky Munns and Michael Fineman,  are youth athletes, sailing in the International 420 (i-420) class, with dreams of competing in the Olympic games.  Before that is possible we must first compete in major international regattas to qualify for the US Sailing Team.  Our goal is the 2018 i-420 World Championship, the world’s biggest international youth regatta for the i-420, hosted in Newport, Rhode Island this summer. 

We plan to accomplish this lofty goal through a combination of our hard work, commitment, experience, and racing skill.  We are accomplished racing sailors, and we organize and manage everything ourselves. 

We need to compete in a two-regatta qualifying series in Florida — one in January and one in February — to qualify for Worlds.  Our costs (coaching, boat charters, airfare, housing, registration, etc),  amount to about eleven thousand dollars ($11,000).  Our families cannot afford to shoulder these costs alone, so we are raising funds to make this goal a reality.  

Sponsorship opportunities are available: we have advertising space on our boom and hull.  While larger donations are appreciated, any amount of money helps immensely .  We would also appreciate assistance including, but not limited to: locating a charter coach boat in Miami, hotel vouchers in the area, and frequent flier miles.

Thank you in advance for considering a donation, and for your help sharing our story.  Reaching our goals will require a real team effort — please consider joining our team. It would mean the world to us.  Please contact us with questions and possiblities: donations, sponsorship, references...    

 Time is short (to help get the word out, share our link to your Facebook Timeline).  

              Micky Munns & Michael Fineman

                                                A little about us ...

          Micky Munns   (Skipper)

Micky Munns was born in 2001 and raised in Redondo Beach, CA.  He began sailing US Sabots and Optimist Dinghies at age 7.  His passion for racing ignited when he joined the King Harbor Youth Foundation FJ Race Team at age 13.  Micky diligently worked 30 hours per week to improve his sailing, and racing success followed. At age 14, Micky decided to dedicate his life to an Olympic 470 campaign.  He constantly studied sailing, practiced, dreamed about sailing, and followed his Olympic heroes online.  Micky began to travel across California, competing in every regatta possible.  Learning to handle well the financial and time constraints from his academically challenging course load at school, Micky eventually became one of the premier sailors in southern California.  Micky ended the FJ-only portion of his career with a dominant 7-point victory at Area J Junior Olympics.  Later that summer, he competed in his first big C-420 regatta, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.

Micky realized he needed to move into the Club and International 420, but struggled to find a boat.  Although he couldn’t afford to purchase a boat outright, he was able to join the Del Rey Yacht Club C-420 team. Micky recruited his good friend and fellow KHYF skipper, Michael Fineman, to be his crew.  After only two months of training and boat work, the new team placed 4th at I-420 Pacific Coast Championships (PCCs) and 4th in the Southern California Youth Yacht Racing Association (SCYYRA) clinic regatta in C-420s.  After proving that they had the skill and work ethic to be competitive in both classes, they trained harder than ever.  They set their goal in the class for I-420 World Championships 2018 in Newport, Rhode Island. Both athletes believed they could achieve this goal, and they began a campaign to raise the necessary funds. 

Micky is a junior at Redondo Union High School and shoulders a challenging academic workload including four Advanced Placement courses.  An academic letterman at RUHS, Micky applies his characteristic work ethic to his schoolwork with hopes of attending Boston College or College of Charleston and competing on their sailing team.  Academic success is important to Micky and he is able to  complete homework on planes, car rides, and evenings to ensure that he maintains high marks while  remaining one of the premier sailors in southern California.

Micky currently attends  high school practice at KHYC, sometimes while also dedicating time  to 420 training at DRYC.  Saturdays are spent in 420s at either SDYC or DRYC.  However, Micky still attends every dinghy regatta he can, no matter how small, believing that any opportunity to start races can improve his sailing.  Micky has reached these levels of success  because competitive sailing is his life’s passion.  His accomplishments thus far are nothing compared to those  that lie ahead. 

          Michael Fineman   (Crew)

Michael Fineman was born in 2002 and raised in Hermosa Beach, CA.  He began sailing US Sabots and Optimist Dinghies when he was 7 years old, and competed in many Optimist regattas.  Michael learned how to successfully race a sailboat.  He grew his passion for the sport especially after joining the DRYC sailing program..

At 13, Michael joined the King Harbor Youth Foundation FJ race team.  As a talented 8th grader, Michael qualified to represent Redondo Union High School.  He practiced skippering and crewing throughout the season, becoming a versatile and valuable member of the team.  He sailed in every regatta and with every person possible. 

In his very first FJ Regatta, Michael finished in 8th place, however, by the end of the season, he had won the SoCal series!  Recognizing that improvement is made through hard work, Michael dedicated countless hours to mastering his craft. 

To continue his rapid improvement, Michael crewed on keelboats and spent the summer 2017 sailing on many classes of boats.  His hard work continued to pay off: in September 2017, Michael began his first year at Redondo Union High School.  As a freshman he became a full-time FJ skipper for his school.   Michael sails in talented fleets and multiple race series representing RUHS, DRYC and KHYC.  He achieves encouraging results, and constantly continues to improve his skills.

Michael’s drive to improve led him to join his good friend and teammate Micky Munns in C-420s and I-420s.  Months of training have yielded impressive results.  Both sailors believe they are ready to attend a major regatta, and are campaigning for I-420 Worlds in Newport, RI.

Michael is a hardworking student.  As a freshman, he participates in challenging honors courses and maintains a high GPA.  In his first year of high school, Michael has made large leaps in his sailing while still earning high marks.   Michael also recently received certification in CPR, First Aid, and the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Michael currently spends his free time competing in regattas, attending high school practice at KHYC, attending C-420 practice at DRYC, and training in i-420s at SDYC.  While this makes for a hectic and challenging schedule, Michael believes it will ultimately help him possess elite sailing talent.  Although only a freshman, he has already achieved more than many older sailors.  Continuing of this path, Michael will reach his goal: to become one of the best sailors in the country.

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Join us next Sunday, February 11th at King Harbor Yacht Club 2-5:30PM for an 'Arty Party' art show & silent auction fundraiser. We'll be sharing our journey to the Worlds, talking about the i420 boat and how we are training to meet our goal. More info on the art is at www.cindyfineart.com . Check out the article in this week's 'Beach Reporter': http://tbrnews.com/sports/high-school-sailors-in-redondo-beach-set-course-for-world/article_41dce238-0528-11e8-a7f4-332a3818f603.html
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Check out our new YouTube edit from the practice in San Diego a couple weeks ago!

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We have booked flights and hotels for Midwinter Regatta in January 2018, and we are training hard to prepare ourselves!
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