Cocktail party to raise funds for youth sailing center


The St. Augustine Yacht Club has announced its upcoming fundraiser cocktail party in support of the construction of its new youth sailing center. The event is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 1.

The St. Augustine Yacht Club has long been a cornerstone of the community, fostering a love for sailing and maritime activities among enthusiasts of all ages. The youth sailing program, which is open to children from the surrounding communities, began in 2012 with 38 youngsters and today has served more than 1,500. The sailing program offers on-water sailing lessons throughout the year by certified instructors, summer camp, race training and sailing clinics, and provides scholarships to children in need. With a commitment to build a new youth sailing center, the club has embarked on an ambitious construction project aimed to better serve its members and the wider community.

The Welcome Aboard fundraiser cocktail party, set against the picturesque backdrop of the St. Augustine Salt Run on Anastasia Island, will be an opportunity for donors and members of the community to come together in support of this initiative. Guests will be treated to complimentary beverages, hors d’oeuvres and live music while meeting the junior sailors, learning about their experiences and viewing the progress and plans for their new sailing center.

“We are incredibly excited to host this fundraising party to support the construction of our beloved sailing center,” said Kathleen Floryan, commodore of the St. Augustine Yacht Club. “This project is a testament to our commitment to provide a top-notch facility for the youth in our community and ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy the thrill of sailing on the beautiful waters of St. Augustine.”

All funds raised from the cocktail party are tax-deductible and will go directly toward the construction project. Checks should be made out to the St. Augustine Yacht Club Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

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The purpose of the St. Augustine Yacht Club is the same as it was in 1873, to promote boating and water-related activities, cruising, sailing and racing. As it has for more than 150 years, the club’s Burgee, a white fortress on a red field, flies aboard all members’ yachts and high above the clubhouse of one of the oldest yacht clubs in America.

The St. Augustine Yacht Club Sailing Center’s mission is to provide affordable access to boating for youth in and around the St. Augustine area by offering summer sail camps, afterschool sailing lessons, racing, coaching and on-the-water fun for the community.