Thank you to everyone who participated in the St Francis Sailing Foundation’s annual Auction event on October 13. We were thrilled to have been able to come together for the first time in a long time as a community supporting the sport we love. Your generous donations brought in over $100,000, exceeding our expectations: simply a fantastic effort. We were excited to experiment for the first time with a different format – mobile bidding for the silent auction – and to hear from Henry Vare, our up-and-coming wing foiling youngster. Kudos to Sean Svendsen and Paul Heineken for their entertaining Fund-A-Need duo – we love their spirit, what a team!
The importance of the Foundation’s mission comes to light when our grantees
accomplish their own mission and goals. Over the weekend, 21-year-old Daniela Moroz won her sixth consecutive World Championship Formula Kite title, racing in a highly competitive international fleet against the sailors whom she will be taking on as she ventures down the ever-challenging road to the 2024 Olympics. Similarly, we are thrilled that in this past year some 1500 kids got the opportunity to learn about sailing through the Treasure Island Sailing Center’s Set Sail Learn program, kids who most likely would not have had an opportunity to experience being in a boat on the (San Francisco) Bay.
We hope events like our annual Auction go further than the important role of fund-raising: we hope that you too are inspired to continue with your own sailing activities and get out on the water whenever you can. We deeply appreciate your support and look forward to future Foundation news with you. Event photographer Tim Daw / Tim Daw Photography has kindly shared a selection of photos from the event: enjoy!