The NCESA is financially healthy with a very strong member base and there is no better time to use its resources and talent to do something extraordinary for E-scow sailing. The NCESA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax deductable association. Therefore, we are in a unique position to support innovative projects to benefit E sailing across the country. To do this, the association has structured a Foundation that will be responsible for the management of donations and the distribution of funds through grant requests.
Our members have already done some wonderful projects that are, and have been, great for E sailing. The Island Heights Sailing Foundation (IHSF) created a bold initiative to put two E-scows in the hands of young skippers for an entire season. These young people will be E sailors for life and possibly our future class leaders. Doug Love’s generous donation set the tone for the asymmetrical spinnaker conversions which were completed in a single year and more importantly, kept our E class unified. We are inspired to build on these successes. We hope you are too.
The creation of the Foundation will provide the structure that will enable us to support Regions and local fleets in their effort to grow in numbers and expertise. But that’s not enough. There are a host of things that can be done and we don’t know what they all might be. Providing funds for a grant request from members who are passionate about their proposal will surely lead to greater success that will benefit the class. Hopefully we will have some projects that are creative and innovative. Other grant requests may be more traditional such as: increasing youth participation at events, maintain perpetual trophies, enhance the e-scow.org website, conduct training & educational sessions, build an on-line archive of E-scow history, research and experiment on technological advances, provide the best race management and regatta venues, and other projects that enhance the sport of sailing E-scows.
Your support whether small or large will be greatly appreciated and most beneficial to E-scow sailing. Please go to Donations
to consider using one of three methods to make a payment.
Additionally, the NCESA Foundation would like to be a conduit for boat donations so that other clubs around the country can share in the same success achieved by the IHSF. We recognize there are groups of energetic and enthusiastic E-sailors from fleets in all regions that could introduce new people to E-scow sailing. The NCESA Foundation could assist them with the donation of a boat and sails.
The goal of the NCESA Foundation is to provide the best possible service for all members. Your donation will help improve the quality of E-scow sailing now and well into the future
Art Brereton, Commodore