The St. Francis Sailing Foundation is proud to support the local sailing community by providing grants to other non-profit organizations within the Bay Area and beyond. Local groups such as the Treasure Island Sailing Center Foundation via Set Sail Learn, the Envision Academy Sailing Team, and the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors are recent recipients of grants from our Foundation. We also support other sailing organizations that have a broader and greater reach outside the Bay Area which allow sailors to aspire to the highest level of competition. Such grant recipients include the United States Sailing Team and the Women’s International Match Racing Association.
While all grants are made based on a number of considerations, it is always the Foundation’s goal to insure that our efforts complement those of our grantee. For example, it is the goal of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors to make all aspects of sailing accessible. Operating from San Francisco’s Pier 40, they have a fleet of keelboats that are specially rigged with adaptive features to make sailing the Bay possible for people with disabilities. Additionally, BAADS has over 20 dinghies, ranging from 8 to 14 feet long, all of which are specifically designed for people with disabilities. Some of these are equipped with servo motors so that people with severe physical disabilities can sail solo.