Ted Irwin Memorial Youth Sailathon – results
“Kids raised over $5,000.00 for Food Pantry”
Saturday, December 3rd 2016 brought 28 young sailors, ages 8-16, to Indian Rocks Beach for a four hour “sailing marathon” in support of the Beach Community Food Pantry at Calvary Episcopal Church. The young sailors represented Indian Rocks Family Sailing Association, Clearwater Yacht Club, and Dunedin Youth Sailing. Wind conditions that day featured gusts in excess of 20 knots but the results of their efforts were even greater with more than $5,000.00 in sponsorship donations collected and presented to the Food Pantry. All funds raised will bring much needed food to hungry families in Pinellas County. For the young sailors, this event is their way of giving back to the community and “paying it forward” in service to their neighbors.
The event was similar to a “Walkathon” in that each participant secured sponsors whose financial support enabled them to raise the much needed funds to support the Beach Community Food Pantry. The event is organized and run by the Indian Rocks Family Sailing Association with support from Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Clearwater Yacht Club. The Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach served as principal sponsor, and food for the kids and volunteers that day was provided by Publix Supermarket Indian Rocks Road and St Pete Bagels in St Petersburg. Sailing and event facilities were once again at Calvary Episcopal Church Indian Rocks Beach the home of the Food Pantry.
The Ted Irwin Memorial Youth Sailathon is held in honor of the late Ted Irwin whose family were parishioners at Calvary Episcopal Church. Ted Irwin was a legendary yachtsman whose accomplishments as a sailor and yacht builder gained world-wide recognition. Mr Irwin was the founder and president of Irwin Yachts which for many years was among the major employers in Pinellas County and one of the premier boat builders of the 20th Century.