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The Southport Sailing Foundation meets three times annually to give grants to deserving sailors.   

Grants are awarded to US sailors for specific components of their sailing campaign (not for equipment).

Next grant deadline:   

1st June 2012. 

For more information and to apply for a grant,

click here.  

In 2011, the Southport Sailing Foundation awarded 38 grants, including 2 'best personal webpage' grants. The average amount awarded was $546.05
The mission of the Foundation is to facilitate the preparation, coaching and skill-building needed for youth and young adult sailors to participate and succeed in national and international sailing competition; and to do so in a way that promotes a lasting love of sailing and respect for all aspects of the sport, including seamanship, safety and sportsmanship. 


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Issue: 9     

March 2012


With only a few months remaining before the 2012 Olympic Games, many of the world's top one-design sailors are training hard to prepare for winning one of the most sought-after symbols of excellence - an Olympic gold medal.  


David Dellenbaugh, founding member of the Southport Sailing Foundation, on the upcoming season: "Whether you are going for Olympic gold or the podium at your local youth regatta, preparation is a key ingredient for any sailing campaign. So before the summer gets into full swing, make a plan for what you want to accomplish and how you will do it. This is where the Southport Sailing Foundation and the Clever Pig website come into play: we help sailors manage their campaigns by providing free tools and resources. At you can create your own campaign web page, build a personal sailing calendar, apply for a grant, find a coach, learn about fundraising and do much more to help you go after your own personal gold medal."  David is a four-time America's Cup tactician, ten-time national or world champion, coach, author and pro-sailor. 


Photo Credit: USOC

Lanee Beashel, is an accomplished Olympian

(she has competed in four Olympic Games - 1992/1996/2000/2004, Women's Windsurf), the mother of two young children and wife of pro-sailor Adam Beashel. Here she shares her story, her passion for the sport and plenty of advice to young sailors and parents alike.    


You can read the full interview with Lanee at    


CP How and when did you start sailing?

Lanee I learned how to sail on a Blue-Jay out of Port Washington, NY when I was 10 years old. (I was born in Manhasset, but moved to California when I was 5. My parents would send my sister and myself back to NY every summer to live with my Aunt and Uncle so we could grow up sailing at the PWYC with our cousins). Both my Dad and older sister, Lynn, windsurfed and sailed but we started racing boards together when I was 15 in Dana Point Harbor. We were lucky, it was when windsurfing was at it's prime back in the late 1980s and we had a strong local fleet at our Harbor and in Southern California. 

CP How did you evolve from a young aspiring sailor to a top pro? 

Lanee I think the reason my sister and I loved it so much was that there was a group of kids our age that all started windsurfing together and then when a few of the kids started racing outside our fleet, my Dad, sister and I went too. I was fortunate to have been racing as a Youth and a Woman, so I had many opportunities open to me. During that time, there were so many different types of one-design windsurfers on the scene. I was racing on the Original Windsurfer, Waylar, Mistral Superlight, Mistral SST and Division II. Every different board had their own National series and Worlds throughout the year, so it wasn't uncommon for me to fly to Florida for a National race one weekend and drive to San Diego the next for a different board's National race. When I was 19, they announced a separate women's class at the 1992 Olympics, which gave me a real chance to qualify for the Games (I had been campaigning for 1988, but we raced against the men and it was going to be very tough to win a trials). I just started at UCIrvine and was on their sailing Team, so I decided to embark on a windsurfing campaign while I was getting my BA. I always enjoyed competing and traveling, but it wasn't until I decided to campaign for 1992 that I made the choice to get really serious and focus on getting to the Trials with a shot at winning. This was the point where I really changed my outlook. I was never going to turn 'Pro' and do the World Tour, for me the Olympic side of windsurfing was what I wanted to do. I preferred racing on the same equipment and having the sailor race against the sailor knowing when you came back to the beach, no one could say 'your equipment was better than mine'. World Cup at the time was very equipment based and it was run over 3 disciplines, Waves, Course Racing and Slalom. I love the tactical side of Olympic class racing and back then, with no pumping, long courses and lots of upwind really challenged me.

CP What advice would you give to young sailors at the beginning of their careers? 

Lanee Nowadays there are so many pathways you can follow in sailing. As an Olympic sailor, I knew I wasn't going to make a career out of it, so getting a degree was important to me, because when I did finish competing I could move into the workforce easier. If you want to make a career out of sailing or embark on an Olympic campaign, or sail at a college you need to make a plan.

What are your goals?

-Do you want to do an Olympic campaign?

-Do you want to sail in college?

-Do you want to be a sailmaker, boatbuilder, pro, navigator, coach?

-Do you want to be a match racer?

In 1989, I really wanted to sail in college and try to get to the Olympics. A few years before that I started my plan by applying to schools that had sailing teams and degrees that I wanted to do and then when the announcement came in '89 for a women's windsurfing division in the 1992 Games, I was ready to start my Olympic campaign. Don't be afraid to do a few things at once. It can really help make you become a more diverse sailor. For me, collegiate sailing helped my Olympic campaign tremendously even though I wasn't racing on boards in college. Learning how to crew and helm, how to work with a team, focusing on tactics and boathandling all helped me become a better all around sailor/windsurfer. For instance, if you want to become a professional sailor but you are racing on Lasers right now and are thinking about doing an Olympic campaign, try to get involved with your club and start crewing on big boats in twilight races, get some experience doing different jobs on the boat each race and find out what you like to do on the boat. My husband Adam is a boatbuilder by trade but always wanted to become a professional sailor. He is a much more valuable professional sailor having all the boatbuilding experience under his belt. Most people don't realize that a lot of the professional sailors out there now are former sailmakers and boatbuilders. It is a great stepping stone into the professional side of sailing. In most Big Boat campaigns, the crew have to do a lot of work on the boat too. If you aren't that handy with tools but love to work on the electronics then maybe you might want to consider becoming a Navigator or Tactician. Create your niche and you will become a sought after professional sailor. The more talents you have the more you can contribute to a successful sailing campaign.

CP Your kids are still young. How did you introduce them to sailing?  

Lanee They were pretty much living in a boat since their birth. 

Adam's dad Ken, made a beautiful replica skiff bassinet when I was pregnant with Trent, we call it Lil' Bear. I told Ken, the bassinet needed to row, sail and have the baby sleep in it. Trent used to float in it, then he learned how to row and then sail in it. Joel was the same, except he had Trent as his crew when they rowed and sailed in it most of the time...  


Read more about Lanee's fascinating story and her parenting skills at 


  Here are the sailors/teams who are currently flying the colours of the  

Clever Pig Sailing Team around the country and overseas!  


Janel Zarkowsky, Match Racing

Brad Funk, Laser

Brendan Kopp/Mike Costello, 470

Chloe Reed Childs & Elizabeth Sheehan-Vela, C420

Claire Dennis, Laser Radial

Collin Leon, J24

Connor Corgard, Laser

Dillon Lancaster, Match Racing

Emmet Ward, Optimist

Farrah Hall, RS:X

Fred Strammer (Team Strammer/Brown), 49er

Helena Scutt & Annie Schmidt, 29er XX

J.C Hermus, Optimist

Jessica McJones, Optimist

Kaitlyn Baab, Laser Radial

Kendall Reiley, Match Racing

Kyle Larsen, Laser Radial

Lola Bushnell, Laser Radial

Mark Strube, Star

Mary Claire Kiernan & Kelly Monahan, C420

Mike Costello, 470

Nicholas Schultz, Optimist

Nicholas Voss, Snipe

Nichole Rider, Paralympic

Robert Willis, RS:X

Ryan Davidson, Elliot 7m

Ryan Pesch (Team Trevor Burd), 49er

Sarah Lihan, 470W

Shawn Patrick Ryan, Match Racing

Stefan Kuehn, Laser Radial

Stewart Draheim, C420

William Livernois, Laser 4.7

William Romeo, Laser Standard


Clever Pig maintains one of the most comprehensive racing calendars in  

North America     


We feature several categories of racing boats that are raced nationally & internationally: Youth, Olympic, Women's, Paralympic, US Sailing, 'Other'.  

Classes included on the Clever Pig calendar are: 29er, Bic Techno 293, CFJ, Club 420, High School, I-420, Laser 4.7, Naples Sabot, Optimist, SL 16, 470, 49er, Elliott 6M, Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, RS:X, Star, 2.4 M, Skud 18, Sonar, 29erXX, 505, A-Class Cat, College, Farr 30, Farr 40, Hobie 16, I-14, J/22, J/24, Lightning, Match Racing, Melges 24, Melges 32, Snipe, Sunfish, Team Racing, Thistle and Vanguard 15.

 Additionally, Clever Pig lists match racing & team racing events, clinics, high school & college sailing events and US Sailing National events.  

The calendar is searchable by class and/or category.   

View the complete Clever Pig Online Event Calendar      

Don't miss the chance to get the word out about your regatta - add your event to the Clever Pig calendar today:  

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