Dear Friends of Fordham Sailing,
Greetings from Eastchester Bay. The Fall season and the first half of the sailing calendar has officially concluded with the Rams competing in the Match Race National Championship this past weekend. As we enter the offseason, the season that really starts in earnest for the Sailing Program is the funding of the team’s annual budget. In recent years, Fordham Sailing has participated in the Fordham Athletics Giving Tuesday and Day of Giving campaigns, both of which we rely on to cover most of our annual budget. Sailing, as many of you know, is an expensive sport and we are facing increased costs in all areas, with travel costs in particular skyrocketing since the pandemic.
On that note, we would like to announce our participation in the Fordham Giving Tuesday campaign to be held on Tuesday, November 30th, just under two weeks away. With our increased expenses in mind, we have set an aggressive goal of $60,000. Thankfully, we have been blessed by the generosity of Dennis and Pat Ruppel who are offering a $25,000 matching gift to help us reach this goal. This matching gift will be unlocked after the first $10,000 in total giving for every dollar donated until we reach our goal of $60,000! Please consider making a gift to support Fordham Sailing this Giving Tuesday. In addition to funding our normal operating budget, your gift will help support the team in the following ways.
Thank you for your support!
- Assistant Coach: It is becoming clear that we need to add to our coaching staff if we want to provide a top tier experience for our student athletes and compete with our varsity sailing program peers. We have a candidate in mind and are working with the athletic department on final approval for a part time assistant coach. We are looking to make an initial investment of $20,000 towards funding this part time assistant coach position.
- Equipment and Maintenance: Our 420 fleet is getting older and requires a significant investment to replace some aging parts and keep the fleet in regatta ready condition. Additionally, our FJ fleet requires a large investment to have all 20 boats in working order prior to our move to the new boathouse facility next fall when we will finally be able to sail both fleets simultaneously. We anticipate spending $7,500 to make all our boats regatta ready.
- Travel Relief: The costs of transportation and lodging represent a large portion of our operating budget and they have skyrocketed since the pandemic. We aim to raise $10,000 to supplement our existing travel expenses and offset this increase in costs.
- Facilities Rental: Though we will be in our new facility soon, we are still renting space at Morris Yacht & Beach Club and those fees have continued to rise. Our rental fees total $20,000 for this academic year, which is an increase of $7,800 from just two years ago.
Head Sailing Coach
Mike Mullarney '68