LifeSail, a nonprofit sailing organization that teaches leadership skills to underserved and at-risk youth, will hold its second Sail-a-thon fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 23.
The event will be held at LifeSail’s docks at 14045 Panay Way, D-3300 in Marina del Rey.
Similar to walk-a-thon fundraisers, the Sail-a-thon allows participants to sign up sponsors to raise money for charity. A suggested donation of $35 for each participant will go toward LifeSail’s programs.
Participants will spend a day on the water crewing aboard dinghy sailboats and sailing yachts, skippered by LifeSail staff and volunteers from the local sailing community. The event is open to adults over the age of 18, children 12 and over with parental consent, (children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by their parents) as well as previous participants of LifeSail programs over the age of 9. No sailing experience is necessary.
LifeSail was founded in 2003 by Matt Schulz, a professional marine surveyor and lifelong sailor. LifeSail’s curriculum teaches practical skills and life skills through the arts of sailing, boat-building and seamanship. These skills include STEM (science, technology, engineering math), as well as critical thinking, leadership, teamwork, ownership, self-confidence and life skills, Schulz said.
To participate in the LifeSail Sail-a-thon, Carina Downing, LifeSail director of operations, at