The 37th annual Sloop Tavern Yacht Club (STYC) Blakely Rock Benefit Race will be held April 1, 2017 benefitting The Sailing Foundation (TSF). STYC raises these funds through raffle tickets or auction items, cash donations, race entry fees and breakfast tickets, and 100-percent of the proceeds go directly to The Sailing Foundation to support youth sailing.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit, The Sailing Foundation works hard to augment the efforts and goals currently being accomplished by local sailing programs and organizations. They focus on youth sailing at all levels, but with a special concentration on racing, and believe that sailing as an activity offers a unique medium for personal growth and enrichment. Their whole premise is that the joy of sailing and sailboat racing should be enjoyed by the many, not the few. The foundation is also dedicated to promoting safe boating throughout both the commercial and pleasure boating industry through seminars and research into the development of products that enhance boating safety. More information can be found at www.thesailingfoundation.org.
This well-known regional event typically draws over 100 boats and 500-750 participants. The day starts with a pancake and sausage breakfast at The Sloop Tavern (2830 NW Market St, Seattle, WA) at 7 a.m. on the day of the race. The Sloop Tavern has generously donated all of the food, and volunteers from the foundation and the yacht club will be doing the cooking and serving. Tickets are available online at www.STYC.org for $10, and all proceeds go to The Sailing Foundation.
The skippers meeting will be held after breakfast at 9:30 a.m., and the first start is off the Shilshole Bay Marina breakwater at 11:00 a.m. (see NOR here, registered boats here). The 13-plus mile race course takes participants south around Blakely Rock and back and the trophy presentation and raffle will start at 7 p.m., also at The Sloop Tavern. For a listing of some of the awesome raffle items we’re gathering please visit the STYC website at styc.org. Anyone can purchase raffle tickets (must be present to win), so come on down to The Sloop Tavern and drop tickets in the boxes assigned to the items you’d like to take home!
To sign up for the race, purchase extra T-shirts or buy breakfast tickets, visit styc.org. You can find the race instructions and current list of raffle items on the site as well. Also, keep an eye out for a link to an Ebay store that TSF is creating to auction larger donations.
Please join us for this fun and exciting race, win some cool stuff, and support getting kids on the water and Safety at Sea at the same time!