The Long Beach Sailing Foundation's mission is to encourage and promote national and international amateur sailing and to facilitate maritime education and community sailing opportunities.
We are a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, formed to own, maintain and manage a fleet of identical Catalina 37 sailboats donated by Frank Butler, the president of Catalina Yachts, for use in Long Beach Yacht Club's signature event, the Congressional Cup.
Throughout the year you will see and hear about our programs designed to support STEM education, sailor development and community outreach. These programs are made possible through the support of our donors and through our partnerships with Long Beach Yacht Club, the US Sailing Center and many members of our local sailing.
During Congressional Cup week, which is open to the public for viewing, you can 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 area teenagers, who may never have been near a boat, to the excitement of competitive sailing, as they crew on Wednesday evening races throughout the summer or participate in our middle school STEM program.
Neither of these activities would be possible without our youth and community outreach partners, the Long Beach Yacht Club and its members and the US Sailing Center. These partners and dozens of sailor volunteers are also critical to our other community outreach activities throughout the year -- Heroes Regatta for local police officers and firefighters, Patriot Regatta for active-duty military members and Sea Gals, a women's sailing program that introduces women to sailing and helps them develop as sailors.
If you want to ensure that the sport of sailing thrives and is accessible to all those in our community who are open to the experience of sailing and all the relationship and educational opportunities it provides, please donate to the Long Beach Sailing Foundation.
General / Unrestricted
Provide financial support the Sailing Foundation’s highest priorities, as identified by the board of directors and the community we serve.
Provide support for the InnerCity Kids program, the Patriot Regatta, the Heroes Regatta or the Sailing Academy. These programs enable the Sailing Foundation to bring the experience of sailing to individuals in the community who have traditionally not to experience the ocean or sailing.
Provide support for the Sailing Foundation’s STEM learning partnership with the public schools.
Provide support for the Amateur Athlete Fund and the Linda Elias Memorial Scholarship Fund. The overriding goal of these funds are to help sailors in their individual quests to improve their skills and to compete in the sport of sailing.
Provide underwriting for a portion of the operational expenses for the Sailing Foundation’s platform, the Catalina 37 fleet.