SAIL LAST INC. is a Florida 501(c)(3) sailing charity founded and operated by sailors. SAIL LAST facilitates keelboat racing opportunities for junior (8-18 years of age) and college sailors. SAIL LAST is founded by former UCONN Sailing team alumni with a vision to provide competent and quality access to single handed dinghies, keelboats and regattas. The purpose of SAIL LAST is youth development through sailboat racing instruction for junior sailors.
Critical skills SAIL LAST provides our sailors include:
- Taking Initiative
- Critical Thinking
- Effective Listening
- Motivating Others
- Environmental Responsibility
- Marine Science
- Boat handling
- Physical fitness
- Survival at sea
- Constant Learning
- Delegating Tasks and Responsibilities
- Handling Conflicts
- Effective Team Communication
- Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)
- Coding Python, Java, C++
- Striving for results and knowing “The Bottom Line”
SAIL LAST purposefully creates sustainable, environmentally responsible sailing opportunities for juniors that focuses 50% of our invested effort into teaching STEM skills. SAIL LAST developed a program utilizing a match racing fleet of rotomolded 100% recyclable Bic O’pen Skiff sailboats.
The SAIL LAST target audience includes elementary through high school age children interested in learning the sport of sailing and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
SAIL LAST knows that sustainability and environmentally responsible sailing programs are rare in the United States and that STEM skills are missing for over 65% of the youth in America. According to the National Science Foundation’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, just over one-third (35%) of 8th grade students performed at or above the proficient level on the National math assessment in 2013.
SAIL LAST purposefully creates sustainable, environmentally responsible sailing opportunities for juniors that focuses 50% of our invested effort into teaching STEM skills. SAIL LAST developed a program utilizing a match racing fleet of rotomolded 100% recyclable Bic O’pen Skiff sailboats. SAIL LAST safety boats are also 100% recyclable rotomolded polypropylene. Our Whaly safety boats are powered by sustainable, U.S. made electric outboard motors. SAIL LAST safety boat battery banks are charged using solar panels. This SAIL LAST platform is long lasting, resilient, sustainable and recyclable.
SAIL LAST leverages the safety platform to teach sailors important STEM skills that are transferrable beyond the sailing course and into real world education.
SAIL LAST measures success by hands-on teaching and online verification examinations of our sailors. SAIL LAST records achievements based upon the number of sailors that master sailing and STEM each year. All grant investments are entirely utilized in the education of junior sailors in the sport of sailing and the experience of STEM skills. The SAIL LAST budget includes expanding our existing sailing and safety fleet to benefit many more students.
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR EXCELLENT PARTNERS