CYC Junior Sailing Sustainability Fund

Hello members, sailors, family and friends of CYC Junior Sailing!

My name is Christine Cragg Santimaw and I am the Learn to Sail Director at Chester Yacht Club. You - our members, parents, grandparents and friends of the program - have been the reason we have been able to operate successfully for so many years now. We are always so grateful for your support of and participation in the program; at the end of the day, it seems we all recognize that the juniors are the future of the club itself.

However, as you likely know, for the past two years our Junior Program has been unable to hold our annual Junior Auction. The Junior Auction is always the event of the season: it is an opportunity to gather with friends and also is our program's only opportunity to raise funds that enable us to sustain our beloved program.

As junior programming has continued during this time, we have experienced significant wear and tear on our boats and gear and we have seen our ageing fleet of club boats require extensive boat work and upkeep to simply make them sailable. Even with your generous support in past years, which allowed us to purchase two coach boats, this summer we have lost three additional coach boats leaving us in a shortage.

We have many opportunities and goals in our sight line and want to be able to sustain our world-class program to ensure our children have the impactful and positive developmental opportunities that learning to sail provides.

This summer alone, locally we have been awarded the Provincial Under 15 Opti sailor; the Provincial Under 15 420 team; winner of Opti Open at Bay Wind and Sail East; all Optis finishing Top 20 of 34 boats at Bay Wind; 420 RAD sailors podium at multiple events; 3rd place (out of 1st by one point) Opti at Sail Fest; Laser Radial champ at Sail Fest; top 5 finishers in 420 at Sail Fest...and the regatta circuit is only halfway complete! Internationally, Opti sailor Logan Mraz finished an impressive 39th out of 259 boats at Opti Worlds in Lake Garda, Italy.

We want to continue to be able to foster Olympic-level athletes, all of whom our club and town are all so very proud of. The brainchild of an engaged and caring junior parent, together we hope this Go Fund Me will be an effective workaround to our auction until we can return to the more participatory, fun evening we have all so enjoyed in the past.

What We Need:

In order to operate safely and properly next summer, we need to purchase:

  • 2 420 spinnakers
  • 2 420 mainsails
  • 8 420 dolly wheels
  • 3 420 dollies
  • 3 420 tillers and daggerboards
  • 3 Opti tillers and daggerboards
  • 2 Opti sails
  • 6 Opti dolly wheels

  • 1 used centre console coach boat
  • 1 three boat 420 trailer/rack
  • 1 eight boat Opti trailer/rack

As you can see, there is a lot of need right now so no donation is too small (or too large!) and you can give anonymously. (We are not a registered charity, so no tax receipts, sorry!)

We have been able to maintain the program due to the commitment of a very small group of coaches, staff and volunteers but now we need the help of the friends, members, parents and grandparents of our junior sailors. In the meantime, rest assured our coaches and staff are delivering a great and safe program to the kids who are registered for this year. We need to ensure that we are able to continue to do so going forward.

Many thanks in advance for your continued support. We are so grateful for our junior community and supporters.

Speed, height, friendship,

Christine Santimaw, Learn to Sail Director

Hannah Carling, Head Coach

Jeremy Fraser, Opti Race Coach

Henry Bowen, 420 Race Coach

Julie Mosher, 420 RAD + Race Coach

Luca Graham, 420 + Opti Coach

Elizabeth Waye, Opti Learn to Race Coach

Bailey Fenton, Opti 1/2 Coach

Greyson Corbett-Lumb, Opti 1/2 Coach

Audrey Bowen, Wet Feet Coach

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Christine Santimaw 
Chester, NS