Newport Sail For Pride Regatta This Sunday
September 10, 2011
The 10th Anniversary Sail for Pride Regatta hosted by Sail Newport will take place on Sunday, September 11 in Newport, Rhode Island, First start is at 11:00.
Sail Newport is the organizing authority for the 18-mile race around Conanicut Island. Additional course races will be run for J22s and some One-Designs. All boats over 22’ are encouraged to participate and classes will be offered for both one-design and handicap boats.
This year’s regatta marks the 10th anniversary of Sail For Pride. The regatta began in 2001, when a few local sailing enthusiasts decided to organize a regatta to honor and support those affected by the September 11 attack.
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. 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, including a huge fund-raising year in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. To date, over $800,000 has been raised for a wide variety of charities.