In early August, 90 of the top youth sailors from across the US competed in the western basin of Lake Erie for the Sears Cup (triplehanded), Bemis Trophy (doublehanded), and Smythe Trophy (singlehanded). Hosted by North Cape Yacht Club in La Salle, Michigan, the sailors were treated to great racing in the wide variety of conditions that Lake Erie has to offer.
The Yachtsmen's Fund supported this event through grants for transportation and via direct volunteer support of our members. The Fund also provided assistance with entry fees for I-LYA Junior Sailors who qualified to compete.
Hosted by Mentor Harbor Yachting Club in late July, forty two-person female teams competed in an action-packed week of racing on Lake Erie for the Ida Lewis Trophy.
The Yachtsmen's Fund supported this event through grants for the Welcome Party and a Nutritional Brunch Lecture for the competitors. The fund also provided assistance with registration fees for sailors from I-LYA member clubs who participated in the event.
In late September, the Foundry in Cleveland hosted the US Team Racing Championships for the Hinman Trophy. This exciting, fast-paced event was raced in the inner-harbor just off the Foundry's new sailing center at Cleveland's Historic Coast Guard Station.
The Yachtsmen's Fund was honored to support this event and the Foundry's efforts to increase exposure of the sport and our area.
Membership in the Fund continued to grow in 2018. The ongoing support of our members helps us to achieve our goals and increase our impact.
Annual memberships support the next year's activites
Life Memberships, Memorial Contributions, and Large Gifts are invested and provide ongoing support into the future.