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This is the sort of community involvement that we just love. We hope enough of the right people reading this think so too.

I’ve always enjoyed reading sailing anarchy’s posts on community sailing centers and schools. You
guys do a great job of bringing attention to sailing education along with the professional sailing
scene. I was hoping you guys could help me out with a little, but important, project that I’ve been
working on.

I’ve been sailing in Boston Harbor for a few years and have had the pleasure of working with
Courageous Sailing Center, a small club dedicated to giving free sailing lessons to the kids of
Boston. As a teacher in the Boston Public Schools, sailing education is a perfect fit for me during
my summer vacations and I’ve enjoyed bringing sailing to a population that might never set foot
on a boat, let alone learn how to sail. And with 3 other area clubs offering sailing lessons, kids in
Boston have an amazing opportunity to learn a very expensive sport for free. However, Boston
has very few opportunities for high school students despite the fact that many local high schools
flock to the Charles River to practice. We even have some of the best college sailing teams in the
country located in our back door, yet there is almost nothing available for high school students in
Boston Public.

The only opportunity is with the Boston Latin School, a highly selective exam
school that is extremely difficult to get into. With this in mind, I’ve started creating a high school
sailing team that is open to ALL Boston Public high schools and is free for all students to join. I
already have students signed up, but I’m missing one crucial piece; funding. With a huge budget
deficit, BPS does not have any money to help us out and I’m afraid that our kids will not get a
chance to get on the water this spring. I’m looking for a sponsor that will me hire a coach and
maybe even purchase the kids’ uniforms. Courageous Sailing Center has already donated the use
of their boats but I still need to hire a coach if we’re ever going to get this team off and running.

I know that it’s a lot to ask, but I was hoping that you’d be able to run my story on your page in
the hopes that someone or some company out there would recognize the cause and help us fund the first-ever Boston Public Schools sailing team!

Thank you very much for your time. –Mark Racine