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Trashathon

On behalf of the Davis Island Youth Sailing Foundation, please consider contributing to or becoming a sponsor of the Annual Trashathon. Our sailors and over 100 volunteers from the area will spend the day after Gasparilla cleaning all of the waterways around the Islands and every inch of public space on DI! Our partners again this year are  The Davis Island Yacht Club, The Davis Island Civic Association, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Tampa Bay Watch.  Your support will contribute to the moral and physical development of local children of all socioeconomic levels from nine local schools. Learning to sail is an exceptional way to develop children into mature teens who take responsibility, compete with good sportsmanship, and understand risk and their own limits.

We raise funds for the facilities and equipment used by our youth sailors. In addition, we offer summer learn-to-sail camps, including no-cost "Sailorships" for those who are financially limited. This year is the opportunity to re-capitalize much of our fleet and to expand our summer learn-to-sail (LTS) programs to reach more Tampa area youth.

Your donation will contribute to the following fund development goals already in the works:

  • Three (3) “RS Quest” boats used for coach-in-boat instruction. Each is ~$10K.
  • One shed for improved storage of sails and gear. This facility will protect and extend the operational life of our critical equipment. Cost ~$10K.
  • Up to twelve (12) “420” boats, used by our teen sailors. Ten (10) of these boats are ten to fifteen years old, placing the sailors at a competitive disadvantage. Each boat is $8,500.
  • Fifteen (15) “Green fleet” boats, used by our youngest sailors and our Learn to Sail summer program ($45K total). All are due or overdue for replacement.
  • Competitive coaches’ salary. Only great coaching will recruit the top-level talent needed to continue our outstanding legacy and create the best experience for Tampa area youth. We would like raise $50K.
  • Up to three (3) “coach boats” used for safety and on-the-water instruction. Our boats are all decades old. New Rigid-hull Inflatable Boats (RIBs) will ensure our sailors are safer and do not miss sailing opportunities. Each boat is $22K.
  • One boat trailer. Our current trailers are second-hand, donated several years ago. A new trailer is just $3,500, and would properly protect our essential equipment.

The Davis Island Youth Sailing Foundation (DIYSF) is a non-profit corporation founded for the purpose of teaching and promoting recreational, competitive and safe sailing to the children of the Tampa Bay area and beyond. All donations are tax deductible under article 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For verification purposes, our Employer Identification Number is 59-3004295


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