Established in 1997, the Newport Harbor Sailing Foundation (NHSF) was created by a group of local boaters who love sailing, understand its myriad rewards and strive to make it more accessible to local sailors. NHSF provides training and instruction to children and young adults, and supports only those competing on an amateur basis. For individual sailors and for selected teams, monies raised offset the costs of equipment and training, entry fees, travel and lodging.
The NHSF promotes worthy competition by providing ongoing support of grant recipients who demonstrate consistent achievement and participation in regional, national and international sailing events. The primary goal is to cultivate and develop young talent so that they can participate in sailing challenges at a high level.
Most NHSF grant recipients have progressed from summer sailing to inter-scholastic programs up and down the West Coast. Targeted events include internationally recognized sailing events such as the Olympics, the Pan-American Games and the Youth World Championships.
Since inception, NHSF has provided significant funds to area high schools, which recognize sailing as a varsity sport but supply no funding for it. Beneficiaries include Newport High School and Corona Del Mar High School, which consistently rank among the nation's top 10 sailing teams. NHSF provides similar support to Mater Dei in Santa Ana and Sage Hill School in Newport Coast. NHSF grants also strengthen sailing programs at UC Irvine and Chapman University.
NHSF has thus helped support the sailing dreams of more than 1,000 local young people. Many have further benefited by receiving priority admission to such colleges and universities as Yale, Princeton, Stanford and Georgetown. All have been rewarded by the invaluable life lessons of rigorous sailing-teamwork, self-discipline, problem solving, camaraderie and a global perspective.