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Originally delivered on 2/15/2021 2:00 pm

SUBJECT: SAYRA e-Newsletter February 2021


SAYRA e-newsletter Feb. 2021

AGM Reference Material (videos/presentations)

 Thank you to everyone for participating in the 2021 virtual annual meeting. While we missed seeing you all in person a significant amount of learning, sharing and commardarie was enjoyed by many.  Speical thanks to all the presenters who made this week so informative. Please see the link above for access to all the videos and presentations.  Share with your local leaders spread the SAYRA love.

Save the date for the 2022 National Sailing Program Symposium in Savannah, GA January 27-29 with the SAYRA meeting on January 29-30th

From the helm...
I would like to thank everyone who participated in this year Annual Meeting and breakout sessions, while everything was virtual because of COVID-19; I believe the Leadership at SAYRA is strong and sailing is strong within SAYRA. The Annual Meeting did miss the social aspect of getting to meet and talk with others from around our region to see how they are handling things so we brought a best practice round table to this year’s virtual sessions; several have asked if we can that on a regular basis, the goal is to do three per year. Hopefully, we are back together face to face or mask to mask for next years AGM which will follow US Sailing’s National Sailing Programs Symposium in Savannah end of January 2022.
I would like to congratulate Bryce Dryden for the Willard Davis Service Award; and thank him again for his commitment and leadership for the past years. JD Rosser for his unyielding service to SAYRA and congratulate him for the John B Bonds Award. Also, both individuals continue to serve on the selection committee for the respected awards so thank everyone who keep rouge hidden from them. Congratulations also goes out to the LLSC Team of Cathy Freeman, Pat Finnick and Jeff Lehman for the B.I.M.B.O award leading the charge to make racing continue with tight COVID protocols. 
The Helen Hanley Fund while it was different not enjoying the social aspect of the HHF Bloody Mary Fund raiser, I do appreciate Lauther Parker and the Charleston Yacht Club for kicking off the fund raiser and to all the club and individual contributions.
Stay safe, if I can do anything for you, or your club please reach out to me.
Sail Fast, Pete

2020 SAYRA Service Awards

presented at Virtual AGM

Bryce Dryden

Atlanta YC

2020 recipient of the H. Willard Davis Service Award for his significant and outstanding contributions in service to SAYRA.  


JD Rosser

Hobcaw YC and CORA

2020 recipient of the John B. B. Bonds Service Award for his contributions in service to the sport of sailing in the areas of Race management and/or judging and/or boating safety.


Brotherhood of International Mark Boat Operators (BIMBO)

Congratulations to the LLSC RC team of Pat Finnick, Cathy Freeman and Jeff Lehman for running over 80 races at LLSC this year with the 2020 COVID restrictions. 


Helen Hanley Memorial Fund Update

Thank you to all the supporters this year for the SAYRA Helen Hanley Fund. Over $14,000 was raised in support of SAYRA Sailors specifically in the areas of US Sailing training, US Sailing Championships and USODA National Level events. Thank you to ChYC for leading the Bloody Mary event kicking off our great year for donations. For more on the history of this fund and the specific details on applying for these grants - HHMF INFO

2021 SAYRA PHRF Offshore Series

Ready for a great year - check out the schedule and NOR online HERE.


PROGRAM Directors Round table Feb. 10th


Both of these meetings were recorded for your review. Go to the Reference Page for full links and shared documents. 


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SAYRA Job Posting Page

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2021 SAYRA Calendar is packed!

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