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The Catalina 37 fleet, donated by Frank Butler, the president of Catalina Yachts, has been used for Long Beach Yacht Club's signature event, Congressional Cup, for more than two decades. The Long Beach Sailing Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, was formed in 1991 to own, manage and maintain the “37s.” As a part of its mission, the Foundation undertakes activities that promote national and international amateur sailing, maritime education and youth sailing opportunities. In the process you will find the Catalina 37 fleet at the core of all the work the Foundation does. 

During Congressional Cup week you will see the Catalina 37s in the hands of the best sailors and skippers in the world. In the months following Congressional Cup you’ll be able to see the “37s” being skippered and crewed by both young people, and older “youth” from all over Long Beach and points beyond. In promoting youth sailing, the Foundation has been able to introduce at risk area teenagers, who may never have been near a boat, to the excitement of sailing, as they crew on Wednesday evening races throughout the summer.

The Sailing Foundation partners with Long Beach Yacht Club, the US Sailing Center, Boys & Girls Clubs and other area nonprofits to provide outreach events throughout the year. Examples are the Marcedes Lewis Boys & Girls Club Regatta, the Heroes Regatta for local policemen and firefighters and the Patriot Regatta for active duty military members.  The Foundation is also the hosts Sea Gals, a women's sailing program that introduces women to sailing and helps them develop as sailors. 

The Sailing Foundation would like you to please consider allocating a portion of your charitable giving to our grant programs so that we can continue to focus on facilitating sailing education, training and support for the individual young sailors that participate in racing and regattas.

**** The Long Beach Sailing Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public-benefit corporation and your donation will be deductible for Federal and State income tax purposes to the fullest extent of the law.