41th Annual Charity Regatta &
the 8th Annual Sail for Steve
September 5, 2020

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

     Windycrest Sailing Club has what we believe to be the oldest charity sailing regatta in the United States.  It 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, has 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 39 years.  Next year we will host our 7th annual "Sail for Steve Regatta" on Saturday September 5, 2020 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.

     Steve and Mary Snider have been members of Windycrest for over forty (40) years, Steve is also a past commodore, the 1989 Catalina 22 National Champion and has been one of the foundations of Windycrest racing since he joined.  In 2013 Steve was diagnosed with ALS, but he still participates and helps to coordinate several of the activities at the club; some of which are behind the scenes.  His passion for the sport of sailing has been an inspiration to many Windycrest members. 
This year is no exception as he took an active part in the Memorial Day Brunch, he is serving on the committee for the charity regatta arranging to have the Olympic Gold medalist Paul Foerster come to Windycrest the weekend of the regatta to share his knowledge of sailing with us.

     Larry Seacat is the Executive Director of ALS Patient Services Outreach (APSO), which is an organization that provides services for ALS patients like Steve.  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.

    Paul has agreed to return in 2020Last year Steve Snider has once again arranged for his friend Paul Foerster to come to Windycrest for the weekend of the regatta.  Paul agreed to be raffled off to serve as crew/instructor in three races for the regatta on Saturday and the two Sunday Keelboat races on the 11th.  The lucky winners received many quality tips on sailing and racing while having Paul as crew and tactician on their boat.  The price of a raffle ticket was a bargain at $10 each.  On Sunday before the club keelboat races Paul held a Chalk Talk, which was open to all members.  This will also be a good chance to pick up valuable tips, hear about the Olympic experience, visit with Paul and check out his Olympic medals.  Sailing with Paul was a once in a lifetime experience.

Paul J. Foerster is an American Olympic Gold medalist in sailing, who has won a total of three Olympic medals during his career. In the Flying Dutchman (FD) class he was successful with Stephen Bourdow (Silver 1992), and then in the 470 Class with Bob Merrick (Silver, 2000) and Kevin Burnham (Gold, 2004).  Paul now sails from Rush Creek Yacht Club in Heath, Texas on Lake Ray Hubbard east of Dallas, Texas.  Reprinted from Wikipedia.