Sydney Fleet Development Program and Foundation

At our AGM at the start of the season, we announced that steps had been taken to set up a Sydney Etchells Foundation, registered with the Australian Sports Foundation, to enable a Development program to be established.

The objective of the program is to introduce younger sailors (22-35yrs) to Etchells with a view to creating a pipeline of new owners and crews.

A Foundation to support the program (ie to raise funds and own assets) has been established and is a separate entity from the Incorporated Fleet. You can find documentation attached here regarding the operating approach.

Martin Hill and Rupert Henry have very generously donated boats, and David Dunn and Andrew Howe are in the process of donating their boat. Additionally, Nicole Shrimpton has made a generous cash donation to provide seed funding.

We are now in a position to formally get underway in terms of recruiting teams for the 2020/21 season, and to that end we are hosting a session on 20 May to introduce the program to suitable teams and start the recruitment process.

I do want to recognise Paul Thackray for navigating the various establishment requirements of the ASF and also James Mayo for the energy and focus he has brought in recent months, particularly working with our donors.

Most importantly, as we introduce new people to our fleet, it is important that they are welcomed and supported.

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