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The Gulf Coast Sailing Foundation -

The Gulf Coast Sailing Foundation is a non-profit charity created to promote interscholastic sailing, national and international amateur sailing, and maritime education & safety on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Foundation supports these activities through outreach programs, training & racing activities, provision of sailing equipment and facilities, and encouragement of participation in local, national and international nautical activities.

Currently, the Sailing Foundation’s primary objectives are to support local high school sailing programs and to expand our Youth Keelboat Program.

The organization is a tax exempt entity, and as such, it will exist to serve a public (rather than private) purpose, and no part of its earnings or assets may inure exclusively to the benefit of a club or its members.

Youth Keelboat Program

The Gulf Coast Sailing Foundation has started it’s Youth Keelboat Program! It all started with a gracious donation of a Beneteau 40.7 sailboat. “Lunami” is a 2002 racer/cruiser with a PHRF handicap rating of 60.

The “Lunami” crew will consist of all youth sailors ranging from 15 to 25 years of age. As well as racing and practicing, the team will have to help maintain and care for the vessel.

The program will concentrate on two major regattas in our area; LPRC and Gulfport to Pensacola.

High School Sailing

The Gulf Coast Sailing Foundation currently supports the local high school sailing scene by supplying coaches, sailboats, gear, and support vessels. Our Coaches are now working with Gulfport High School and St. Patrick Catholic High School. In 2007 the GCSF created the Mississippi High School Sailing Championship. Gulfport Yacht Club donated the trophy, a 115lb slab of granite with a Baccarat Crystal Sailboat called "The Rock". It was ensure teams had something to work for for year to come.

Become a Sponsor/Charterer of one our Vessels

We are in need of Sponsors/Charters for some our or boats. Please browse the Fleet Page and make an offer by emailing [email protected] or fill out and submit the form.

Click here to see all Membership Levels and other ways to donate.