Memorial Day Weekend festivities at The Sagamore benefited Y-Knot Sailing which provides and promotes sailing opportunities for individuals with disabilities and the general sailing community. S. Lee Bowden, Managing Director and Adam DeSantis, sailing school manager, presented a check for $2,000 to Rebecca Stanley and Spencer Raggio, president and vice-president, respectively, of Y-Knot Sailing and George Painter, Executive Director of YMCA Camp Chingachgook.
Funds were raised through sponsorships of two of the Colgate 26s in the regatta and proceeds from Chowderfest, a dinner featuring an Open Market Seafood/Chowder Dinner. Boat sponsors included Lisa and Tony Hall of the Lake George Mirror, and Walter Begley Landscaping.
In accepting the check, Rebecca Stanley said, “Y-Knot Sailing intends to use the funds to serve the sailors participating in our program. These needed operational funds will help us meet our mission and will be used to provide scholarships, purchase equipment, and support the program in general.”
Y-Knot Sailing was founded in 1996 and is based at the YMCA Camp Chingachgook. Membership has grown to include disabled and able-bodied sailors from a wide geographic range and from all walks of life. Each season Y-Knot offers a variety of ways for people to enjoy Lake George under sail.
Adam DeSantis thanked the community for the support of the inaugural regatta. “We believe it is the perfect event to kick off the sailing season on Lake George and hope additional sailors will join us in the competition next year.” Twenty-one boats competed for a chance to take home the prized Chowderfest mugs.
This spring, The Sagamore launched its Steve and Doris Colgate Offshore Sailing School offering guests and meeting attendees an opportunity to set sail on Lake George. The school sails with four Colgate 26s, a fun family sport boat seating five passengers and an instructor. For more information on The Sagamore’s Offshore Sailing School, please call 644-9400 or 800-358-3585.