YSF Founders Charlie & Chris Pope accept a donation from W&K President Gavin Ruotolo – proceeds from the April 2018 event.

Wheels & Keels President Gavin Ruotolo conceived and founded the annual fundraising event in 2011 to benefit YSF.  Over the years it has expanded in scope and mission and now contributes to three other local non-profits as well.  Held every April at the Moorings Yacht and Country Club, Wheels & Keels features a Friday evening dinner and auction, followed the next day with a vintage car and boat show.  Youth Sailing Foundation participates in the event, not only by displaying their Opti and 420 Class dinghies, but with actual sailing demonstrations in the cove by their young sailors, who then circulate among the patrons, regaling them with their sea stories from the Indian River Lagoon.   

Gavin Ruotolo’s 1940 Ford Deluxe Woody Station Wagon – on display at Wheels & Keels

Patrons browse the car show

Proceeds to YSF help fund after school programs

YSF’s Vero Beach Varsity Sailing Team practices on the Indian River Lagoon

Beginning sailing lessons are offered free of charge to Indian River County children








Mark your calendars now to attend the Wheels & Keels weekend, April 12-13, 2019.  All proceeds are donated back to the Vero Beach community, benefitting Youth Sailing Foundation and other local organizations.