Archive for March, 2010

Join us on Facebook….80 and counting!

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

J24 Fleet 43 has created a Facebook group.  The Facebook revolution is sweeping the world and we shouldn’t be left out.

We will be posting photos, results, announcements and more… This will also be a great way for all of Fleet 43 friends, supporters and members to make comments about the on the water and off the water fun.  So start posting your photos and stories now…

Currently you can see photos of the Fleet 43 crowd from 2005, Downeast photos from 2009, District One Champs photos from Portsmouth last year and much more…

There is also an event page for the Downeast Regatta, Double-handed Regatta, and Wednesday night races. You can see who is already attending these events.

If  you are a Facebook user join the over 80 friends of Fleet 43 online now….

This will not replace our website and blog but will hopefully enhance our communications and camaraderie.

Helping Haiti

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

A note to my fellow sailors in Maine:

Haitians still have a pressing need for food and shelter as they recover from the massive earthquake that struck in January. As a member of the Maine sailing community, I’m organizing a drive to collect used sails to be shipped to Haiti to be used as makeshift shelter. The rainy season is starting early this year in the Caribbean, so the faster we can get our used sails to Haiti, the better off the estimated 770,000 homeless will be.

Maine Sailing Partners in Freeport is willing to be a drop-off point for your sails, March 5 until March 19, M-F 8:00 to 5:00.
Pope Sails and Rigging, in Rockland will accept sails in the mid-coast area, March 5 until March 19, M-F 8:00 to 5:00.
They will then be trucked to Miami where two organizations, Haiti-Life and Shake-a-Leg, have the infrastructure in place to ship the sails to Haiti.
Please contact your friends, fellow yacht club members, other sailors, anyone you know who might have old, used sails taking up space and ask them to donate to the people of Haiti.
Deadline for donations will be Friday, March 19.

The fine print:
Shake A Leg the Miami collection point, and Haiti-Life, the shipper to and distributor in Haiti are both 501c3 organizations so your donation is tax deductible. Shipping from Miami to Haiti is funded by Project Medishare, also a 501c3.
Any sail will be accepted, other than torn, shredded or delaminated sails.
Please have the hoist and foot lengths available so we can properly tag the sail.

Thanks for your help
John Eide
jeide@meca.edu

Maine Sailing Partners
24 Noble Drive, Freeport, ME 04032
207-865-0850 or 888-788-7245

Pope Sails & Rigging
237 Park Street, Rockland, ME 04841
207-596-7293

Maine Sailing Partners     http://www.mesailing.com/
Pope Sails & Rigging      http://www.popesails.com
Shake-a-Leg     http://www.shakealegmiami.org
Haiti-Life     http://www.haiti-life.org/
Project Medishare     http://projectmedishare.org/