LifeSail, a nonprofit sailing organization that teaches leadership skills to underserved youth, will hold its first ever Sail-a-thon fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 10 at its docks at 14045 Panay Way in Marina del Rey.
Much like walkathon fundraisers, LifeSail’s Sail-a-thon is an event where participants can sign up sponsors to raise money for the non-profit. Participants will have the chance to spend a day on the water crewing aboard sailboats skippered by volunteers from the local sailing community.
Founded in 2003 by Matt Schulz, a professional marine surveyor and lifelong sailor, LifeSail works to promote a character-building experience for disadvantaged youth through sailing and seamanship.
Children work through a series of fun, non-competitive lessons lead by experienced, certified sailing instructors. Once they complete the curriculum, they have the skills needed to skipper one of LifeSail’s boats solo, a program spokesperson said.
As their skill and discipline build, LifeSail youth are encouraged to take on increasingly difficult challenges, including sailing small boats across large bodies of water.
The Sail-a-thon event is open to adults over the age of 18, children 12 and older with parental consent, and to previous participants of LifeSail programs over the age of 9. No sailing experience is necessary, but sponsorship of at least $25 is required.