42nd Annual Charity Regatta &
the 9th Annual Sail for ALS
September 11, 2021

We're always looking for people to help with the regatta.
If you would like to be on the regatta board contact the club Commodore.


     Windycrest Sailing Club has what we believe to be the oldest charity sailing regatta in the United States.  It all started in 1980 to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis and was held every year through 2012.  In 2013 we switched our charity dollars to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease) because one of our long time and respected members, Steve Snider, had fallen prey to this crippling disease.  The members of Windycrest have shown their willingness to generously support our charity regatta time and again for the past 41 years.  Next year we will host our 9th annual "Sail for ALS Regatta" on Saturday September 11, 2021 benefitting ALS through ALS Patient Outreach (APSO).  ALS is a is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord eventually resulting in the ability of the brain to lose control of muscle movement.  With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, people may lose the ability to speak, eat, move and breathe.  To date there is no cure.

     On March 1, 2021 Steve Snider passed away quietly at home after struggling with ALS for just shy of eight years. He and Mary have been members of Windycrest for over forty (44) years. Steve was also a past commodore and the Catalina 22 National Champion in 1989. He has been one of the foundations of Windycrest racing since he joined.  In April of 2013 Steve was diagnosed with ALS, but has remained active in the behind the scenes planning and coordination of the regatta activities at the club.  His passion for the sport of sailing has been an inspiration to many Windycrest members over the years.

     Larry Seacat is the Executive Director of ALS Patient Services Outreach (APSO), which is an organization that provides services for ALS families like Steve and Mary Snider.  Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families living with ALS, by advocating and providing for their physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs.  Our donations to this worthwhile organization stays in northeastern Oklahoma and has a very low overhead expense.  Due to the COVID virus in 2020 all our activities were put on hold, but we still raised over $14,000 for APSO.