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Youth Sailing Virginia Annual Oyster Roast

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The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery

81 Patch Road

Hampton, VA 23651

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Annual Oyster Roast to benefit Youth Sailing Virginia at the Oozlefinch Brewery on Ft. Monroe, Hampton, VA, Friday, Oct 4th, 2019, 6-9pm.

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Please join us on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 6 to 9 pm at The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery on Fort Monroe for Youth Sailing Virginia’s 5th Annual Oyster Roast. This is our annual fundraising event, which is expected to draw more than 250 supporters. By attending the event, you can help develop today's sailors into tomorrow's leaders.

The event features food, drinks and a silent auction. The menu includes fresh oysters, barbeque, assorted appetizer, deserts, wine, beer provided by the Oozlefinch Craft Brewery and other refreshments. The silent auction will include dozens of items donated from local businesses including art work, gift baskets, sailing gear. Youth Sailing Virginia merchandise, including shirts, hats, and other items will also be available.

All the proceeds from the event will help provide opportunities for middle and high school aged youth to learn to sail through safe, fun and educational programs that apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as arts. Our programs inspire learning, personal growth and leadership that provide pathways to the future for youth in the Hampton Roads area.

Youth Sailing Virginia, Inc. (YSV) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to making sailing available and affordable to the youth of the greater Hampton Roads area. Sailing gets kids unplugged and active outdoors. While out sailing, they are not only having fun, but also learning skills that will serve them well throughout their life. Independence, concentration, self-reliance, decision making, teamwork and leadership are just a few of the life skills that develop in youth sailing.

Operating from our Sailing Center on the shores of Mill Creek at Fort Monroe, our programs include;

• Learn to sail classes for middle school aged students, operated in conjunction with Hampton Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services, Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula, Alternatives, Inc. and other youth groups.

• Competitive High School Sailing programs for local students as part of the Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association (VISA).

• STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum that integrates on-the-water with classroom lessons.

• Support to the Hampton High School's Maritime Academy to introduce students to maritime operations.

We operate 18 Club Flying Juniors (FJ), the most common sailboats used in the United States for high school and college racing. This versatile double-handed boat is ideal for introducing youth to sailing, and is also well suited for elite level high school and college sailing.

This summer, through generous donations, we provided scholarships and sailing opportunities to over 75 youth, who might never have the opportunity to experience the joy and benefits of sailing. Our high school program, which begins in September, is expected to attract over 55 local high school youth from six schools throughout the Peninsula, including schools from Newport News.

We are also pleased to announce that this summer we became the 36th Accredited Community Sailing Center in the United States, and the only accredited center on the east coast between Maryland and Florida! This accreditation by US Sailing, the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing, identifies those community sailing programs that are offering the highest of boating education and public access across the United States.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the event.

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