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US Sailing President's Award

On February 15, YMCA Camp Sea Gull and YMCA Camp Seafarer were presented the prestigious President’s Award at the US Sailing Awards Dinner in Austin, TX. 

“Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer received the President’s Award for their strong partnership with US Sailing and for their efforts to serve as an incredible example of how to introduce young newcomers to the sport of sailing,” said Bruce Burton, US Sailing President.


Camp’s partnership with US Sailing began in 2010. We collaborate and utilize US Sailing and US Powerboating’s full complement of training curriculum and certification opportunities into our Blue Book. Our engagement with US Sailing and US Powerboating has allowed us to enhance the quality of our programs while connecting to a larger boating community. 

By utilizing the US Sailing and US Powerboating curriculum, we offer campers a nationally recognized certification that is beneficial as they participate in junior sailing programs, race in college, and even apply for jobs in the boating industry.


Last year, we issued 485 Safe Powerboat Handling certifications, which represents 36% of the certifications issued across the country. Over 150 campers completed US Sailing’s Small boat program and 23 campers passed US Sailing’s Basic Keelboat. We are currently the largest training facility of female sailors in the country.

Mary Laurence McMillan, Program Director of Seafarer, said “It is an amazing honor to be recognized by US Sailing with this award. The partnership has been beneficial to Sea Gull and Seafarer, through the support from US Sailing and the connections to other boating organizations. We look forward to continuing these relationships and our contributions to the sport.”

Camp alumna, Taran Teague nominated Camp for the award. Taran is a former board member and Treasurer for US Sailing. She also serves on Camp’s Board of Advisors. She served as the Principle Race Officer for the 2015 USODA Southeast Championship hosted by Sea Gull and Seafarer.