The ocean is our home, source of nutrition and playground. Without it, our sailing adventures or Catamaran Supply wouldn't exist. We feel strongly that in order to successfully continue our work, giving back to help conserve our oceans must be an integral part of our business.
The marine industry has a long way to grow to reflect the sentiments of most sailors, who are welcoming towards anyone with an interest of being on the water. A big part of that is changing the image of sailing to become more inclusive. Although we are in the initial phases of building our company, we would like to increase the representation and accessibility of sailing for people of all backgrounds.
At Catamaran Supply we are not just building a business; we would like to grow a community. We believe the key to a community is inclusivity as well as supporting other community-building organizations. This has led us towards local New England organizations that foster this environment, with a focus on giving minority youth the opportunity of sailing. We'd like to offer our ability of providing marine supplies and our time as volunteers to a deserving non-profit in our area. Our research is ongoing and we would appreciate your help as we may miss an organization that is close to your heart and community.
We encourage you to use the resources we've found so far and welcome you to add suggestions as we build our efforts and collaborations with community boating non-profits and minority-owned businesses.
Non-Profit Organizations Working to provide the opportunity of sailing to people of all backgrounds
Community Boating Center Providence, RI communityboating.com
Community Boating Boston Boston, MAcommunity-boating.org
Community Boating Center Inc New Bedford, MA communityboating.org
Milwaukee Sailing Center Milwaukee, WI sailingcenter.org
Youth Sailing Virginia Hampton, VA youthsailingva.org
Hudson River Community Sailing New York, NY hudsonsailing.org
Rocking the Boat Bronx, NY rockingtheboat.org
Sail Maine Portland, ME sailmaine.org
Jackson Park Yacht Club Foundation Chicago, IL jacksonparkyachtclub.org/jpycfoundation
Sailing Groups & Yacht Clubs
Universal Sailing Club Chesapeake Bay universalsailingclub.org
Black Chicago Sailors Chicago, IL blackchicagosailors.org
Teddy Seymour The first African-American to sail around the world solo in 1987 - Read his story
Captain William "Bill" Pinkney The first African American to solo-circumnavigate the world via Cape Horn in 1990 - Author of As Long As It Takes: Meeting the Challenge and Captain Bill Pinkney's Journey. Read his biography on The History Makers. Watch The Incredible Voyage of Bill Pinkney.
Laura Dekker World Sailing Foundation lauradekkerworldsailingfoundation.com
Do you know a community boating center in your area?
Do you know a minority-owned marine supply business whose product you’d like to see in our selection?
Do you have thoughts on how we can do better when it comes to inclusivity?
We'd love to hear from you.