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Sailing Team Boat Drive

$2,346
23%
Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
31 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on April 23, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Sailing Team Boat Drive

Founded in 1995 by a small group of undergrads sharing a single boat, the University of Massachusetts Amherst club sailing team has come a long way from its humble roots. What makes our sailing team unique is the fact that many of our team members come from nautical homes, to Western Massachusetts, where the opportunities to sail are limited and the water to sail on is sparse. As a result, the team provides one of the few opportunities for thousands and thousands of UMass Amherst students to get on the water, gain real sailing experience, and have a great time doing it. But our team is growing faster than we can keep up with, and we need your help.

 

 

As the team grew from its small beginnings, we were eventually able to share boats belonging to neighboring Amherst College. However, with our total team membership standing around 50 members and still growing, we desperately need your help in acquiring the resources necessary to continue our upward trend. Our mission is to finally obtain our own fleet of boats, for the first time in the team’s history. And we can’t do this without you.

 

Having our own boats is essential to our continuing growth. With these boats, we’ll be able to serve more people, which not only means a bigger team, but the general expansion of our program to allow us to do more community outreach- like our popular Learn To Sail Day. This past semester, our Learn To Sail weekend allowed space for about 40 participants, but dozens more were still hoping to participate and getting in touch with us even after the event. With the right resources, our team could provide an accessibility to the sport of sailing at a level which was previously impossible for those living in the greater Amherst area.

 

In addition, sharing boats has become difficult, due to the growing size of our team. With more people, we need more time on the water, and more boats. It’s important to our retention too, since team members expect a reasonable amount of access to the boats in order to grow their skills and perform better at competitive events. Sometimes, we are forced to send out boats with three people at a time, which is almost like trying to ride a regular bicycle with two people on it. In other words, the boats we sail are meant to be raced with two sailors on board, and sometimes it is hard for the team to even accommodate that! As pictured below, Johann, James, and Benno could tell you first-hand how they would love more boats to spread out on.

 

 

Ultimately, we are a club team here at UMass, which means a majority of our team operations and finances are left completely up to us. While we work hard to ensure that each team member has the resources available to them that enable them to participate in the sport, buying a fleet of boats is not something we can achieve simply from collecting bi-annual dues or hosting local fundraisers. This is why we’re asking you to help us this holiday season. Your donation could help keep our team functioning for years to come.

 

Thank you so much for your consideration to help the UMass Amherst sailing team. Go team!

 

Our way
of Thanking You

$5

Twitter Shoutout

We'll let our Twitter followers know how much we appreciate you!

1 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: February 2018

$25

Email Thank-You

We'll send you a personal email letting you know just how much we appreciate your generosity and support!

4 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: February 2018

$50

Handwritten Thank-You

We'll send you a handwritten note letting you know just how much we appreciate your generosity and support! Includes all previous perks.

1 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: March 2018

$100

Social Media Shoutout

We'll let all our social media know how much we appreciate you! Includes all previous perks.

8 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: February 2018

$250

T-Shirt

We'll send you one of our iconic team t-shirts in the size of your choice. Shirt is black, front says UMASS SAILING, and back spells UMASS in code flags! Includes all previous perks.

0 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: March 2018

$500

Signed Team Photo

You rock! We'll send you a photo of our entire team, with signatures from everyone to let you know just how much we appreciate your help. Includes all previous perks.

1 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: March 2018

$1,000

Name a Boat

You are truly awesome. On top of all other perks, you can tell us what you want to name one of our future boats! Includes all previous perks.

0 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: March 2018

$2,000

Get a Hat

Get our fresh, coveted team hat. Of course, includes all previous perks.

0 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: February 2018

$3,000

5 Lessons and Long-Sleeve

On top of all additional perks, we will provide you up to 5 sailing lessons with our certified team instructors, as well as send you our long-sleeve t-shirt, thus completing your ultimate UMass Sailing Swag Collection. Includes all previous perks.

0 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: March 2018

$5,000

Personal Party

Thank you so very much, from the bottom of our hearts. This can cover the cost of multiple used boats itself! As a sign of our gratitude, the team will host you at a special event. Includes all previous perks.

0 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: April 2018
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