We provide free sailing instruction to the children of Indian River County
Come join us as a student, parent, volunteer or donor as we sail the Indian River Lagoon.
Founded in 2009, Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization offering free sailing instruction to the children of Indian River County. We believe sailing is an adventure for a lifetime. While learning to sail children learn life skills that will endure. Sailing challenges and builds confidence by taking children outdoors, our of their comfort zone, and into a world of wind and water. They learn to rig and pilot their own sailboat on the beautiful Indian River Lagoon in Vero Beach. YSF’s success is measured in the competence, discipline, responsibility and leadership skills that blossom in our students. All of this is available to adults who join our rapidly growing adult instruction in larger sailboats.
We are funded through the generosity and support of local individuals, businesses and foundations.
Come join us as a student, parent, volunteer or donor as we sail the Indian River Lagoon. Instruction is by certified US Sailing Instructors backed up by a team of seasoned volunteers. Safety is taught before sailing starts. We have a fleet of safety boats that deploy before the first sailboat is launched. All sailors must pass a swim test before instruction can begin, life jackets are mandatory, and we always have our eye on the weather.
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Thank you to Bob Borelli, Founding Webmaster
All of us at Youth Sailing Foundation want to thank Bob Borelli, of the founding fathers who developed and maintained YSF’s website as a volunteer webmaster for the last seven years. Bob’s devotion to YSF and our mission of teaching the children of Indian River County was manifested in his expertise as webmaster and faithful member of Charlie and Chris Pope’s band of brothers who built YSF into the vibrant growing sailing organization it is today. Thank you Bob for all you did for YSF.