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FOUST Newsletter: July 2011

Alumni, current team members, parents, and friends at the 2011 UCLA Sailing Team Alumni Regatta.

Dear Friends,

It was great to see so many of you at our third annual alumni regatta on May 21. This newsletter includes a recap of the regatta, and profiles of the graduating class of 2011 (congrats guys!). This month’s featured alum is Kevin Richards (’00), and we also have a warm welcome to Alison Saarela, the newest addition to the FOUST community.

We held elections for FOUST officers at the regatta, and Lyzz Schwegler has taken over as President. Neha Bazaj (’10) and Emily Klopstein (’00) are sticking around for another year as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively. I’ve shifted to Vice President, and we’re happy to welcome Drew Morton (’11) as our new Team Liaison! Big thanks to Taryn Aguiar (’10) for liaising for the past year.

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Fundraising Opportunities: New Boat, New Sails

Hi all,

We’ve got some great news to share: this week, the team was awarded a $4000 grant from the club sports department to put towards a new boat.  The money was intended to be used for a single piece of equipment, and thanks to a great pitch by the captains the sailing team managed to beat out the other club sports in competition.

This money comes at a crucial time.  Due to limited funding, the team has not been able to purchase a new boat since 2006.  Major college sailing programs will rotate their entire fleet in that period.  UCLA’s top race boat has served the team well for five years, but at this point it is taking on water and puts the team at a competitive disadvantage.  A new boat will help to ensure that the Bruins can stay competitive next year and going forward.

In that context, the $4000 from the university is a very important show of support.  But it is not enough.   Continue reading