December 16, 2021 – The Ontario Sailing Board of Directors committed this week to invest over $60,000 in the Mainsail Program for the coming 2022 season. The investment will include the purchase of eight new RS Zest boats and a new trailer. Ontario Sailing thanks Fogh Marine and RS Sailing for their assistance with this purchase.
Established in 2021, Mainsail is a new program replacing the popular Boom program, which Ontario Sailing delivered to communities across the province for 40 years. Through Mainsail, Ontario Sailing supplies equipment to a host club or organization and provides instructor training. Equipment is then offered for purchase to the club over a period of one to five years, so that the host site can quickly establish its own sailing school.
Port Stanley Sailing Squadron and Cedar Island hosted the first Mainsail programs in 2021, with the support of their dedicated volunteers and boards. These clubs will run their own sailing school programming in 2022 and will use equipment purchased from Ontario Sailing to offer additional learning opportunities for their communities.
The Mainsail program is an important tool for growing our sport in communities not currently running Learn to Sail Programs. It introduces sailing to young people across the province and helps them to develop new skills and a lifelong love of the sport.
Mainsail programming is set for August 2022, with initial interest from at least one club to host the program in July. For more information about the Mainsail program, contact Executive Director Glenn Lethbridge at firstname.lastname@example.org.