Sail For Hope 2020

Sail for Hope

2020 will mark the 19th anniversary of the original Sail for Hope. This year we will raise funds for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Rhode Island FrontLine Foods and Sail Newport Community Programs.

COVID Relief in the Community

The MLK Community Center offers hope to vulnerable kids, families, individuals, and seniors across Newport County. All funds donated to the MLK support critical COVID-19 relief. The non-profit organization is seeing unprecedented need in Hunger Services, in the Food Pantry, Mobile Food Pantry and Food Delivery programs, and in Education programs where working parents unable to work from home look to the center  for high quality childcare in Preschool, Summer Camp and Outside-of-School programs. Donations means the organization can keep saying ‘yes’ when local people ask for help.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
Alyson F. Novick, Director of Development
20 Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd.
Newport RI 02840
O: (401) 846-4828 x102
Instagram at @newportmlk

COVID relief for Medical Staff

The non-profit organization collects donations from the community and 100% of the donations go right back to the local restaurants. to purchase meals for frontline workers. Hospital partners such as Lifespan, tell us where the most acute need is, or, giving rotates between hospitals they operate. Once confirmed RI Frontline coordinates food delivery with local restaurants (Belle’s Cafe at the Shipyard is one of the restaurants).

The non-profit started started with bigger hospitals such as Lifespan and South County Health, as they were getting hit hard with COVID-19. After that other hospitals reached out about deliveries. The meals go to medical staff on the  COVID units, ER, or whatever department is in need the most.

Rhode Island FrontLine Foods
Contact Amanda Langlais

COVID Response at Sail Newport for Community Children

In response to the COVID-19 school delay, and cancellation of many fall sports, Sail Newport has added and extended public sailing programs for adults and youth.

At Sail Newport Sailing Center, located in Fort Adams State Park there are extended and new opportunities for recreational sailing and for young sailors who want more competitive race training. The programs are designed for children aged seven and older.

“We live on an island, and these new opportunities are designed to get more children more time on the water. Sailing is not only restorative and fun and healthy, but the sport also builds children’s self-esteem, self-reliance, problem-solving skills, and perseverance. It’s really and outdoor classroom,” says Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport

For as long as school children have more time to recreate during weekdays, the sailing organization will also offer small groups of three and four customized sailing opportunities by age and skill group.

Sail Newport has worked closely with Janet Coit, Director of the Department of Environmental Management (DEM), to be able to use the state park for the extended recreational sailing programs safely under COVID-19 Guidelines.

Contact Eve Formisano, Director of Development
Sail Newport
72 Fort Adams Drive
Newport, RI. 02840
Tel. (401) 846-1983

About Sail for Hope

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.

Founding Sponsors

Sail For Hope 2020 Sponsors

The community of generous sailors raised over $50,000 this year for three charities.

Every year since 9 -11, Sail Newport and a team of community organizers host Sail for Hope. It’s a race around Conanicut Island for an average of 60 boats in six PHRF classes and often one-design classes. This year, we are proud to announce that over $55,000 was raised from the event.

We sent over $21,000 to the Bahamas for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts by the Red Cross. The Warrior Sailing Program received over $15,000 for their remarkable program. Also, Sail Newport received almost $19,000 for the Youth Big Boat Program. As usual, the generosity of sailors and the community worked to make this another banner year for the fundraising race.

A group of local sailors, businesses and Sail Newport organized this year’s Sail for Hope race around Jamestown Island on Saturday 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.

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. Read more