Westwind Sailing presented Hallmark Performance Award

DANA POINT — Dana Point Harbor’s Westwind Sailing has been recognized for its work in educational boating programs and providing outstanding community service.

US Sailing presented the company with the Ten Years of Hallmark Performance Award during the National Sail Programs Symposium in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“This award represents Westwind’s success in serving over 40,000 people in the last 27 years,” said US Sailing’s Stu Gilfillan. “We look forward to supporting their continuing outreach, innovations and community partnerships for many years to come.”

Several of Westwind Sailing’s achievements include partnering with the Adaptive Kinesiology department of Saddleback College in 2008 to launch the adaptive boating program, which provides on-the-water therapy and teaches safe boating and sailing for individuals with special needs.

Another highlight includes Westwind’s part in the creation of the Dana Point Aquatic Foundation (DPAF), a partnership with the Cal Boating Aquatic Center Grant, to provide scholarships for at risk youth and boaters with special needs. DPAF enables more than 100 participants per year to experience boating free of charge, according to a Westwind Sailing press release.

The company’s newest program, Sail Into Science, was also mentioned. The course incorporates boating and STEM education through a partnership with US Sailing REACH, Cal Boating DPAF, Laguna Beach Boy and Girls Club and Great Opportunities.

For more information about Westwind Sailing, visit westwindsailing.com.

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