Both Teams have a tremendous amount of sailing experience from every facet of the sport. Their collective achievements include sailing at youth, high school, and college national championships, honors and awards for sailing abilities, leadership and sportsmanship, coaching, all American honors, multiple national championships and even a world championship.
The Boat Grant Committee will host a 10th Anniversary party at the 2016 Samson North American Championships in Rochester, NY - August 13-19. We invite all Boat Grant alumni and mentors to attend.
In our 10th Anniversary year we are expanding this program outside of North America!
Daniel Mendoza and his crew from Peru have been awarded the first Boat Grant outside North America. The grant includes the shipment of a Lightning sailboat ready to race from the US to Peru for the duration of 1 year. In order to become eligible for this program, Daniel and his crew had to provide the ILCA their sailing backgrounds and a sailing plan that includes not only local regattas but also participation in the 2016 South American Championship.
Daniel is a very experienced sailor, with participation in South American's, World Championships and Pan Am games sailing in the J24 Class. His front crew will be Jimena Gaviño, also an avid sailor with lots of experience in the J24 class and IRC. His middle crew will be Augusto Lafosse, bringing years of racing experience in the J24 Class, and Runner Up at the 1996 Opti World and South American Championships.
The ILCA is proud to have them join the Class and is looking forward to having them participate in our regattas.
Team Somes - 2015 Recipients