2019 Sail for Hope

September 29, 2018

Newport, RI


Newport, RI (October 1, 2018) – A group of local sailors, businesses and Sail Newport organized this year’s Sail for Hope race around Jamestown Island on Saturday, September 29, for 55 sailboats. The event raised over $30,000 to benefit Warrior Sailing, The R.I. Red Cross Armed Services Fund and the Edward Oliver “Tad” Sanchez, III Youth Sailing Program.

'Lest we Forget' 9/11Tradition Continues with 17th Annual Race Around Jamestown
The Sail for Hope has become an annual tradition for local sailors who want to continue to show their patriotism and raise funds for others in need. The first event was titled “Sail for Pride” which was organized in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. The name “Sail for Pride” was retired, and since 2001 Sail for Hope has raised over $1,000,000 for various non-profit organizations.

“In 2001 we adopted the slogan ‘Lest we forget’ and It is fantastic that the sailing community has kept this event going year after year. It’s truly gratifying that seventeen years later we have the full support of the sailing community and the Newport Shipyard as host,” says Scotty Murray (Middletown, RI) a co-founder of the event.

Light Wind Stalls the Fleet
The race began as a clockwise circumnavigation of Conanicut Island in a light Northerly of 4-6 knots. Soon after the series of starts, the breeze dropped even lower. The first group of boats made it around Beavertail but entered the West Passage into current. The combination of an ebb tide and extremely light wind made for a challenging trip up to the Northern tip of Jamestown - the half way point before the boats would turn south back to Newport Harbor. 

The remainder of the fleet stalled off of Beavertail hoping for the southerly to propel them up the West Passage. Before the southerly filled, a small number of boats caught a transitional westerly and were able to pass under the Jamestown Bridge headed North.

Racing Picks Up Mid-way
Once the Southerly did fill in, the back of the fleet was then able to gain momentum and close in on the lead pack. During the last half of the race the breeze picked up to 6 – 10 knots as the entire fleet headed south towards Newport Harbor through the East Passage.

Even though the breeze improved, the course was shortened to finish boats under the Pell Bridge which avoided a time limit expiration for some competitors.
J/22s Sail to Castile Hill and Back up to Finish
The J/22 fleet sailed a different course from the PHRF fleet. From the starting line outside of Newport Harbor the Sail Newport fleet of boats and crews sailed south to a rounding mark off Castle Hill and then back up to finish under the Pell Bridge.

Hallowell and Brown Win First Overall on VX One
The top three winners were announced at the social in each of the seven classes. Newport sailors Phip Hallowell and Chuck Brown on the VX One, The Wagon, conquered the overall PHRF classes on corrected time. Hallowell and Brown also won first place in the PHRF Spinnaker Class 2.

Reef Points Takes Top Fundraising Boat Honors
Because the race is primarily a fundraiser, the most accolades are reserved for the crew who collectively raises the most funds for the charities. The top fundraising honor was awarded to "Reef Points," helmed by owner Gurdon Wattles of Little Compton, RI with crew members Bill Titus (Newport, RI), Christine Mills (Newport, RI), Larry Marusi (Norwalk, CT), Alastair Lenz, (Newport, RI),  Henry Little (Tiverton, RI),  Jay Mulroney (East Greenwich, RI), Peter Manikas (Attleboro, MA), Barby Macgowan (Newport, RI), Bill Macgowan (Newport, RI), Justin Backus (Newport, RI), Doug Ferguson (Stonington, CT),  John Gower (Newport, RI) and "Honorary EOS" sailor Aidan O'Reilly (Block Island, RI) who is the nephew of Tad Sanchez in whose memory the charity was founded. 


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The RI Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Fund is a local charity. This charity assists servicemen and servicewomen and their families to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Also the RI Red Cross Service ensures that current and eligible former service members have ready access to emergency communications, case management services, and finally emergency financial assistance.



The Warrior Sailing Program is dedicated to maritime education for wounded, ill and injured service members of the US military. We facilitate opportunities, communicating experiences and building partnerships between the military and marine communities while eliminating the barriers to entry and promoting continued engagement.


Edward Oliver Sanchez III "Tad" Fund for Youth Sailing at Sail Newport

Growing up on the waterfront in New Bedford and Block Island, our dear friend, Tad had a lifelong love for the sea and everything it represented. The “Edward Oliver Sanchez, III Youth Sailing Program at Sail Newport” fund is being developed at Sail Newport. In keeping with Tad’s spirit for recreational and competitive sailing, this fund will provide the youth in our community the opportunity to experience and sail on many different types of sailboats.

Tad was a team member of some of the world’s most magnificent racing yachts ever built such as: “Titan”, “Harrier”, ”Shockwave”, “Interlodge”, “Akela”, “Encore” and “Laura (KZ-5)”. Tad has supported numerous Sail Newport efforts over the years and this memorial fund will live out his passion.

While his journey was shorter than anticipated, he was always with tightly trimmed sails, spinnaker up on a warm summer breeze, with all flags proudly flying, yours for a fair tide.

Learn more about the Tad "Big Boat" Youth Sailing Program



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2018 will mark the 17th anniversary of the original Sail for Pride. This year we will raise funds for The Rhode Island Red Cross, the Warrior Sailing Program and the Tad Sanchez Youth Sailing Program at SN.

In 2001, in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and in the skies over Pennsylvania, a few local sailing enthusiasts scrambled to organize a regatta to honor and support those affected. The first Sail For Pride Regatta rallied over 180 boats and $110,000 designated for charities to support the NYFD firefighters, police and the victims of the attacks and their families.

The display of patriotism and generosity on and off the water made a lasting impression in the sailing community. After the inaugural year, the organizers retired the name Sail for Pride, but continued the event as Sail For Hope, reflecting the Rhode Island state motto and focused the mission to support local non-profit endeavors.
Charities supported over the years include Seamen's Church Institute, Newport Harbormaster's Emergency Equipment Fund, local public high school sailing teams, US Olympic Sailing Trials, The Rhode Island Red Cross hurricane relief funds, emergency assistance to active duty families and many others.

To date, over $1,000,000 has been raised for various charities.

For more information on the 2018 Sail for Hope, email our Race Manager today.
For Dockage Questions for the 2018 Sail for Hope, email Nick Mauprivez today.