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Originally delivered on 7/15/2021 10:00 am

SUBJECT: SAYRA e-newsletter JULY 2021

SAYRA e-Newsletter July

It is a busy summer in SAYRA our clubs, organizations, sailors and volunteers are full steam ahead - camps, regattas, socials, cruises and more. We hope you have a continued summer of fun and be safe on the water!  

Few key reminders: 

  • SAYRA Club Championship currently 4 teams are registered - get your teams organized and signed up for this annual SAYRA tradition. 
  • Anyone interested in the US Adult Championship - time to submit your resume application due by August 24th. 
  • Save the date for the 2022 National Sailing Program Symposium coming to Savannah January 27-29. Great opportunity for club leadership to learn more about programs and club best practices from others around the US. 
  • The SAYRA Annual Meeting will be held on January 29 -30th. Save the date and make room in your budget to send your club representatives.  
  • Cheer on TEAM USA - Tokyo 2020 starts soon - we have some amazing athletes on our US Sailing Team that have worked so hard to reach the Olympics! 

Finally get out and be a part of the fun - on shore, on the water or supporting your local sailing. Give back to the sport that we all love so much. 

2021 SAYRA Qualification Process for the U.S. Adult Sailing Championship for the Clifford D. Mallory Trophy

SAYRA[1] (South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association) may submit one team for consideration to compete for the U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Clifford D. Mallory Trophy.  The 2021 SAYRA submission will be based on resume selection, using the same criteria US Sailing will be using to make their final selections. More details on the event. 

Submit sailing resumes to  no later than August 24, 2021

Daniel Island Yacht Club


The Daniel Island Yacht Club aims to create a welcoming environment for boaters, fostering a culture rooted in a deep respect for the water that honors and connects the membership.

DIYC has joined SAYRA and we thank them for their contribution to the Helen Hanley Fund as well. Welcome to the SAYRA Family.  DIYC is also hosting a Junior Regatta at the end of July - Great job!

Full contact details are loaded on the SAYRA website - login and click on member directory to access.  In the meantime if you have questions email Stefan Kuehn.

US SAILING ANNOUNCES 2021 REACH GRANT RECIPIENTS - Beaufort Community Boating & Sailing

2021 Youth Engagement Grants

Reach Youth Engagement grants have been made available to provide financial support for materials, program costs, and staff training when implementing the Reach Initiative. Grant recipients are sailing organizations that are often new to the Reach program and seeking support with partnership development and content delivery. These programs are invaluable for the youth who are now given a chance to experience hands-on learning while exploring their local aquatic environments from a sailboat.

The following programs were selected for 2021 US Sailing Reach Youth Engagement grants. These grants were made possible by support from Rolex and US Sailing donors. Congratulations to the 2021 recipients.

Beaufort Community Sailing & Boating – The mission of Beaufort Community Sailing & Boating (BCSB) is to instill seamanship skills in all program participants, and provide training in sail, paddle, and power to the Beaufort community. They offer youth summer programs, high school sailing, private lessons, and adult sailing. Integrating the Reach curriculum into their summer Learn to Sail camp for the first time since they started in 2004, BCSB is eager to get started this year and potentially explore fall school programming.  

Upcoming Events
Charleston YC Regatta

July 16-18


2021 Firecracker and St. Joseph's Candler Leukemia Cup Regatta

July 17th 


Carolina YC SC Invitational
Daniel Island YC Opti/Open Skiff Regatta
Rockville Regatta

August 7-8

Carolina YC NC OPEN
Means Davis AYC, SAYRA legend

It is with a heavy heart in SAYRA that we share the passing of Means Davis from Atlanta Yacht Club (AYC) on July 9th.

In SAYRA, Means was a tremendous leader and educator in the area of Race Management. He taught countless formal and informal classes and was always willing to lend a hand on those parking lot debates. Means was recognized in 2015 as the John Bonds Service Award recipient.  Most recently, he served on the SAYRA Appeals Committee.

 At US Sailing, Means was an influential National and International Judge, Regional Race Officer and Judge, and Race Management Instructor. He served on the Board of Directors, the Review Board, the Judges Education and Training Subcommittee, the Risk Management Committee, and many others. In 2016, he was awarded US Sailing’s prestigious Harman Hawkins Award for the major role he played in the advancement of race administration.

Means served as AYC Commodore in 1983 and held numerous other positions at the club during the past 60 years. A Snipe sailor for 25 years, Means served as Commodore of the Snipe Class International Racing Association in 1991.

In 1996, Means had the great honor of being one of three officials responsible for race management at the Olympic Games in Savannah, Georgia.

Means was a major contributor to SAYRA and will be missed by many. Prayers to his family, wife Peggy and children Means V and Tarasa, and the Atlanta YC and Snipe families.

A celebration of life for Means Davis will be held on Sunday, July 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Atlanta Yacht Club.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to AYC Junior Sailing or the Helen Hanley Fund.

Pictured below - In 2015, Davis was awarded the Harman Hawkins Trophy for his outstanding contributions to race administration. 

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