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Originally delivered on 1/18/2019 12:35 pm

SUBJECT: SAYRA January E-Newsletter

January E-Newsletter

SAYRA Keynote Speaker Change

SAYRA friends:

I’m sad to announce that Cory Sertl, the President of US Sailing, will not be able to attend the Convention and speak to us next weekend.  Unfortunately Cory has a detached retina and the treatment for such calls for serious quiet time and definitely no travel.  Trust me when I say that she’d rather be with us!

The exciting news is that in scratching our heads for alternatives, we realized that one of the components of great clubs and regattas is the theme of sustainability.  It’s a concept that we see popping up more and more, not only in major regattas like US Sailing Championship events, the Volvo Ocean Race and our own Charleston Race Week, but in areas that impact our own clubs – like water resource management and reduction in single use plastic containers.

We are extremely fortunate to have a speaker literally in our back yard with expert knowledge on sustainability practices that are specific to our sport.  Mark Robertson is the State Director of South Carolina for The Nature Conservancy which has worked to protect the lands and more importantly the waters where we play, since 1951.  He spent time in the Florida Keys before moving to South Carolina, so he knows the ocean, but he also knows the lakes and the value of the lands around these waters.  He’s also a great personal friend and sailor, so the themes with which we are concerned are important to him as well.  I know you will enjoy hearing some of his perspectives on sustainability and why it’s important to us, our clubs and our sport.   

Looking forward to seeing you next week. Please don’t forget to support our hospitality suite with beverages and/or food to make our social hours extra good!  SIGN UP HERE FOR HOSPITALITY SUITE FOOD

Robert Key, Commodore


2019 Annual Meeting Information
Schedule at a Glance (1/18/19)
Regional Symposium Agenda, Friday January 25th  Must register HERE

Hospitality Suite - SAYRA provides the room... SAILORS provide the fun!  Support the suite - bring your food and beverages to help make this the social scene for the weekend! SIGN UP HERE.

Please register so that we can prepare name tags CLICK HERE

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Exisiting SAYRA Members - login go to MY ACCOUNT>MY FORMS and update your contact info and find forms for annual membership($25 family/$15 individual/$5 jr), Helen Hanley donation, Annual Meeting registration (FREE)

New SAYRA Members - Create an account MY ACCOUNT>MY FORMS and form for annual membership($25 family/$15 individual/$5 jr), Helen Hanley donation, Annual Meeting registration (FREE) 

SAYRA Membership - Why should YOU join in 2019?                                     

South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association has a long history of supporting the sport of sailing in the North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia region. The organization supports the sailor both on and off the water in the Corinthian spirit our sport was founded on. Your membership will support the structure to continue these effort such as the website, e-newsletter, Helen Hanley Fund management, Competitive Services training and regional resources, SAYRA events such as the Annual Convention, PHRF Championship, Club Championships, SAYRA Jr Grand Prix just to name a few.  Your membership of only Individual $15, Family $25 or Junior $5 will support the sailing at a regional level.  Take a moment, join for 2019 and support this great organization.  More Membership details HERE including online membership and PDF forms. 



Save the date - Friday, January 25th from 1 til 4:30pm is the SAYRA Regional Symposium  

Free to US Sailing Members and $10 for non-members
Social for Regional Sailing participants starts at 5pm
Must register in advance, space is limited, HERE:

CLUBS Submit your 2019 OPEN CLUB Schedule 

Calendar Upcoming SAYRA of Events:

Calendar - only as good as what the CLUBS submit - take a moment and look to see if your favorite event is listed!