February 9, 2022
Join us for NSPS “Live!”
With the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the in-person National Sailing Programs Symposium another year, take this opportunity to join NSPS from your home! NSPS Live is a virtual event experience utilizing the US Sailing Events app to deliver educational content and real-time engagement between presenters, sponsors, and attendees. Content will be published one session per day multiple sessions per week on the US Sailing Events app.
Attendees who log into the app at the designated time will be able to interact with fellow attendees and presenters in the activity stream. The registration fee of $100 buys you over 14 hours of virtual content!
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Black History Month Spotlight
Captain Don Lawson and The Power of Opportunity
From the moment he stepped behind the wheel of a sailboat, Donald Lawson knew he was destined to make sailing his career.
Lawson doesn’t come from a “sailing family” – his parents were middle class Baltimoreans, great athletes in other sports like basketballand lacrosse. But at age nine, he got the chance to attend and go for his first sail through the Police Athletic League (PAL) aboard a 100-foot schooner. His mother convinced him it was safe and so he went for it. For a nine-year-old, the feeling of freedom sailing provided was exhilarating.
“The captain told me I could take a boat like that around the world, and that’s when I knew what I wanted to do for my career,” said Lawson. “From that day forward, that was my goal – become a professional sailor.”
Read more about Captain Don Lawson and his journey to become a world-class racer and record setter.
Watch the 2021 US Sailing Awards on the Starboard Portal!
Tune in at 3pm EST tomorrow, February 10 to watch the 2021 US Sailing Awards! 16 people and organizations will be given awards in four categories: Adaptive Sailing, Coaching Excellence, Community Sailing, and training and education. We’re proud of our sailing community and all the amazing things they’ve accomplished in 2021.
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US Sailing Announces Shortlist for 2021 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards
Five men – Conner Blouin, Taylor Canfield, Erik Shampain, Harry Melges IV, Dave Hughes – and four women – Daniela Moroz, Laura Grondin, Nicole Breault, Anna Weis – have been shortlisted for US Sailing’s 2021 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. Once again, the annual rundown of the year’s “best in the U.S.” represents a wide range of accomplished sailors from various disciplines and at different stages of their respective careers.
Clearwater West Marine US Open Sailing Series Wraps After Three Days of Racing
That’s a wrap for the East Coast events! The Clearwater West Marine US Open Sailing Series concluded last Sunday after three days of racing in a variety of conditions. The ILCA 6, ILCA 7, Nacra 15, iQFOiL, and Formula Kite all completed between 8 and 11 races over three days. The Nacra 15 2022 Youth Worlds Representatives were also chosen this weekend – read on to learn more.
See the results
Check out photos from the event (Password: WMUSOSS)
Watch daily recap videos on Facebook
Download your West Marine Coupon
US Sailing members have a special discount with our partners at West Marine. Take $15 off all purchases of $100 or more! See the instructions in the graphic above or watch the video below on how to access the discount. Available in store only.
Whether you own a sailing dinghy, day sailor, high-tech racer or an ocean cruiser, West Marine has the sailboat hardware you need to rig your boat for any sailing adventure.
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Watch: How to Access Your Digital West Marine Coupon