(Please note that the Hope For Aidric website is not currently active.  We are awaiting word as to the status of the organization as we decide on our future fundraising plans.  THIS UPDATE AS OF 12/5/12)

As we have decided to do our best to help Aidric through the Aidric Hunt Assistance Fund, and others like him, we have decided to seek sponsorships for certain items needed for the Everglades Challenge.  We will do the challenge with or without any of these items being sponsored, but any assistance with the items listed will allow us to devote more time to both preparing the boat, and attending fundraising events for Aidric.  The items are listed below, and note that, if requested, many of the items can be put up for auction after the Challenge with the proceeds going to the Aidric Hunt Assistance Fund, or they can be kept in use for other Challenges, events, educational seminars, and daysails with autistic childen.  The first item is, of course, not included in the auction option!

1. Banks Sails of Tampa is our sponsor for the reacher we are going to use for the Sign A Sail fundraisers.  The sail will be brought to various fundraising events where, for a donation of at least $10.00 ($5.00 for minors), the sail can be signed.  After the Challenge, the sail will be presented to Aidric and his family as a permanent memento of our sail, and, more importantly, of all the people out there who care.

We would like to both sincerely thank Banks Sails, and wholeheartedly recommend them to you if you need a sail made or repaired.  Their contact information is:

Banks Sails Tampa
2815 E. Henry Ave. Bldg. D-10
Tampa, FL 33610
Loft: 813-626-0420
Email: bankstpa@fdn.com Web: http://www.bankssailstampa.com/index.htm

Banks Sails is now our official sailmaker, and we will use them for any future sails we need.  If you contact them, mention Clarity Sailing Adventures, so they know that their good works are known.

2. Drysuits.  Go2Outfitters is our official outfitter for the race, helping us with our drysuits, safety, and camping gear.  Gary runs a fantastic store in Lutz, and is helping with our February 5th Sign A Sail event at A Cup Of Organic (our official coffee purveyors!)

A special thank you also goes out to T. A. Mahoney Marine in Tampa, who very kindly donated two hatches for our new bulkheads, so that we can access the now-dry areas and keep stuff stuffed (the stuff will be stuffed in bags) in there!

3. Sailing Hardware.  Harken USA has graciously donated equipment for our effort, including a roller furling unit for the jib, various blocks, and cam cleats with bases.  This will make an incredible difference, and we sincerely thank them!  Also of note,  Ant Steward, one of our fellow competitors, has provided me with some Lewmar blocks, which will come in very handy as well (one of them is the new halyard block for Aidric’s reacher!).  Don’t know who Ant Steward is?  If you sail small boats, you should… Google him and prepare to be rather stunned!

4. Support Team!  We are looking for a person or two who could meet me at Key Largo so we can tow the boat back to Tampa, or anyone who might want to offer a kind word at one of the checkpoints (no support other than verbal is allowed at any checkpoints).

5. Blogging and media coverage.  Every bit of pres we get helps… both for our morale, and for the charities we support.

With Sincere Regards,

Mike Barnett


2 Responses to Sponsors

  1. Roy Edwards says:

    I just bought a Sailbird and will be doing the ECC in March 2012 with my daughter. I raced on Hobie Adventure island to Flamingo last March before we had to drop out. I’d like to email you directly and compare notes on the Sailbirds. Mine is a 1974.

    • Scott Bowman says:

      I have just acquired a Sailbird from someone who had removed most of the deck rigging connections blockso and cleats etc. I have two sets of sails with booms etc, one is the original Sailbird sales and the other is from a Hobie. Tell Hobie sails areally a bit larger but need repair to the bottom two sections. I would like to email you directly regarding the rigging and deck attachment layout etc on the Sailbird, if you wouldn’t mind sharing. I owned a sailboat previouslyrics but have very limited experience. Any help you might provide would be greatly appreciated.

      Scott Bowman

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