West Marine awards grants to 29 youth boating organizations

WATSONVILLE— West Marine has announced the 29 youth boating nonprofit organizations that are receiving $1,500 checks from its BlueFuture Fund. Hundreds of youth boating organizations throughout the country were nominated for the first allocation of the BlueFuture Fund grants.

One of the grant recipients was The Alameda Community Sailing Center (ACSC). Located on the east shore of San Francisco Bay, ACSC is just finishing up its third year of youth sailing camps.

“We are delighted to receive this grant from West Marine’s Blue Future Fund,” said Kame Richards, board president of ACSC. “This summer we have put 140 kids out on the water for a total of 9,800 hours of wear and tear on our JY Trainers and CFJs, not including the hours added to our safety boat fleet. This money will be split between scholarships for our deserving youth and maintenance of our fleet. It has come at an exceptionally good time for us.”

The full list of winning organizations is available at westmarine.com/BlueFuture/Youth-Boating.

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