Positive Impacts of America’s Cup Still Being Felt
We learned last fall, after the racing was finished and the America’s Cup teams had packed up and headed home, that 17 local non-profits would receive a parting financial gift. Approximately $65,000 was designated for these organizations from proceeds of the America’s Cup Concert Series. The funds will have a lasting impact on sailing in the Bay Area and carry the legacy of the 34th America’s Cup on into the future. We would like to share a heartfelt thank you from the Lake Merritt Boating Center, one of the deserving recipients.
Throughout the time leading up to the America’s Cup races last summer, Sail SF Bay provided a forum for local sailing organizations to connect with each other and with the America’s Cup organizers to provide opportunities for locals to have a connection to the Cup. The City of Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation Lake Merritt Boating Center’s youth sailors were provided opportunities to meet the AC Youth Force sailors and get out on some new boats. Just recently our program received a check for almost $2000 for sailing scholarships (proceeds from one of the concerts) from the America’s Cup Event Authority. These funds will provide much needed scholarships for low income Oakland youth to participate in sailing camps and after school programs on Lake Merritt or the Oakland Estuary. I would like to thank everyone who helped; it is thanks to opportunities like this that new sailors take to the water!
Boating & Outdoor Recreation Supervisor
Lake Merritt Boating Center