Pepe Bettini, the Optimist coach for the LISOT sailing team, recently wrote about giving back to young sailors in his homeland of Argentina. In his recent WindCheck article, Pepe described how he was supported by others in his growth as a young sailor.
Now he is in a position to return the favor. So he enlisted the help of some Optimist sailors whom he coaches at LISOT. They were planing to travel to the International Sailing Week in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Before they left home, they collected over 100 pieces of sailing gear including boots, spray tops, rash guards, gloves, life jackets, sailing T-shirts, leggings, and many, many Opti sails! Most importantly, they personally delivered everything to local kids at the "Go With the Wind on Our Side” sailing school in Argentina.
Some of the sailors who participated are from JSA member sailing programs, including TJ Danilek (Noroton YC), Carmen and Emma Cowles (Larchmont YC), John Eastman (Seawanhaka Corinthian YC), Sofia Segalla (Stamford YC, Aidan Iaconis and Max Anker (Riverside YC), Nick Chisari (Sea Cliff YC), Leyton Borcherding (Belle Haven YC), Gavin Meese (Norwalk YC). Owen Hennessey, Teagan Cunningham, Jack Solmo, Oliver Hurwitz, Bella Casaretto and Connor Mraz were also among the USA sailors who made "friends for life" by their volunteer efforts.
Read the full story in the May 2015 edition of WindCheck