Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Although 2016 may be winding down, the team is winding up an ambitious fundraising drive for FIVE boats and we are reaching out to solicit your support. Read on for a detailed note from the team, or head straight to the team’s fundraising page to make your donation! The campaign runs through January 31.
First off, I want to say that we are incredibly proud of the team and all of the progress it has made in the last four years. Four years ago we had less than 10 active members, very few organized practices, and consistently scored in the middle to back of the fleet in regattas. I am very proud to say that today we have about 50 very enthusiastic active members, unprecedented practice attendance, and we have extremely organized and productive practices that are leading us to improve our scores greatly. We have a lot of incoming talent and some members with little experience who are excited to learn and are picking up racing very quickly. As you know, our women’s team made it to women’s nationals for the first time ever last year, and we are looking to build on that momentum and take our team to the next level.
However, in order for us to continue this level of growth and success we are going to start needing to update and improve our equipment and resources. As you are probably aware, we have had many of the same boats for a very very long time. Sadly, their time to be replaced is long overdue as many of them are in very poor condition. For example, Arnie is being held together by duct tape, and several of our boats have cracks and chips that are below the waterline. That being said, our goal is to replace our practice fleet with 5 lightly used boats by the end of this school year. We are looking to purchase these boats from San Diego Yacht Club for roughly $3,000 each. Therefore, we are hoping to raise $15,000.
-Bobbie Hutchinson (UCLA ’18, Co-Treasurer)
- Donations can be made on the team’s fundraising page.
- You can also mail in this form. Checks should be made out to “UCLA Foundation” with “UCLA Spark-Sailing Team” on the memo line.
- Does your company match charitable donations? If so, consider doubling the impact of your donation! You’ll need the UCLA Foundation Tax ID# 95-2250801. Be sure to direct your gift to the Sailing Team Fund. The Fund ID# is Fund-61855O (O as in octopus, not a zero)
Tax receipts will be available for all donors and perks (stickers! t-shirts! burgees!) are listed on the team’s fundraising page.
There are many organizations deserving of your support this year, please consider joining me in including the team on that list! The memories and friends I have from my time on the team were made possible by boats that float– let’s keep that tradition going!