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Meet the squad


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Meet the squad


Our Philosophy

We believe in developing extraordinary people through the sport of sailing. Whether our athletes go on to compete in the highest levels of the sport like Olympic sailing or professional sailing, or choose another path, through elite level coaching, we strive to develop a process based skill set, which will make our participants life long learners, and will prepare them to deal with the challenges of academics, business, relationships, and much more.

Our Sailors

Strong community is the backbone of a championship program - teamwork, collaboration, and productive competition are the key aspects of continually raising the performance bar. We welcome everyone from first time skiff sailors, to the most experienced veterans in the class, and our clinics are unique because they draw the full spectrum of skill levels. With proven results, even the most experienced teams lend a helping hand to the newcomers, to build the level of the fleet as a whole.

Our Coaches

Creating a legacy of great sailors and great people for years to come means developing an ecosystem of sailors and coaches that embrace a culture of excellence on the water. Because we believe so strongly in the process that we teach,  all of our coaches are former graduates of the Skiff Squad program who have experience mentoring younger teams from inside of the boat, as well as coaching from the coach boat.  

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The Organization


The Organization


We believe in removing politics from sailing, so that the best, most enthusiastic sailors get the attention and opportunities that they deserve.  To do this, we've created an organization comprised entirely of professionals within the sport; while we consult with many parents in advisory roles, we do not have a volunteer based Board of Directors.  Ultimately we believe in empowering our coaches and professional organizers to make decisions that put sailors first, with no room for politics.  The product speaks for itself: the level of coaching, and the opportunities that our sailors have access to, are the reason that we continue to have the best and brightest students of the sport enrolled in our programs.  Skiff Squad programs currently operate in three regions: Southern California, Northern California, and the Pacific North West.  A full calendar of events for 2017 can be found by clicking here.

The program is run through 29er High Performance, Inc. (EIN 46-2666168) which was founded in 2012 by Willie McBride.  Using the S-Corporation structure, the program has been able to evolve from a one man operation into a much more structured program with a full cast of coaches, and a recent graduate from the program, Evan Heffernan currently acting as Program Director. 

We often work with a 501c3 charitable organization to make larger projects happen at low cost to our participants.  To find out about how to make a tax deductible donation to help support Skiff Squad projects, drop us a line. 

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Sponsorship Relationships


Sponsorship Relationships


Our program has grown from a handful of sailors practicing every so often, to a group that consistently sees 20-40 kids on the water each month from San Diego to San Francisco, and now in the Pacific North West.  With the recent explosion in skiff sailing around the United States, we're scaling up our operation as quickly as possible to try to keep up with the growing demand for high level, regional coaching.  To help provide support to an ever broader group of sailors, we are seeking strategic partnerships from companies and individuals who can help us secure the resources needed to bring coaching to more kids. 

What We Can offer

Our marketing platform puts content first; we strive to have the most dynamic, colorful, useful content in the industry.  Our website is built around our online registration system, so that each sailor who interacts with our program interacts with the registration calendar seen below.  Whether your brand can benefit from brand sticker recognition on the sails in our photos, the use of our photo content library, or direct marketing links from our website, we are open to discussions about how to create a mutually beneficial relationship.

Example Sponsor Content Library

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Sponsor a team


Sponsor a team


Our Teams

We work with athletes ranging from brand new skiff teams, up through Olympians, so we can help to pair your brand with the right ambassadors to represent your products, while supporting these athletes in their quests for mastery.

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$1000 - Hull Sponsorship

Logo stickers on the hull of one of our top teams are visible from many angles, and  your donation will pay for them to participate in the full Skiff Squad season. You'll have full access to our sponsorship media library with at least 50 shots of your team in action.

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$2000 - Junior Kite

Your logo proudly displayed on the kite of one of our top junior sailing teams will pay for two seasons worth of coaching.  You'll have full access to our sponsorship media library with at least 100 shots of your team in action.

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$3000 - Olympic Kite

Your logo proudly displayed on the kite of one of our Olympic campaigning teams will pay for two seasons worth of coaching. Kite will be a solid color with your logo over top. You'll have full access to our sponsorship media library with at least 100 shots of your team in action.

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Sponsor A Clinic


Sponsor A Clinic


More Information Coming Soon...

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Forward WIP


Forward WIP


 

Official gear hook-up: Forward WIp

Forward WIP keeps our sailors safe, sharp and fast around the race course, by constantly pushing the bar higher in technical sailing gear and high tech coaching gadgets. Show them some love for supporting us by checking out the full quiver of Forward WIP gear at www.forward-wip.com and by tagging #ForwardWIP on any related social media posts.

 
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Skiff Sailing Foundation


Skiff Sailing Foundation


Skiff Sailing Foundation

The Skiff Sailing Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization whom we partner with to spread the love to an ever growing group of sailors across the country.  If you are interested in making a tax deductible donation to help support skiff sailing in the USA, these are your guys! 

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StFSF


StFSF


St Francis sailing foundation

The St Francis Sailing Foundation is leading the charge in the USA to create bigger, more competitive fleets of high performance boats on local, regional and national scales. The foundation has been a huge help in restoring the NorCal region to its place among the top skiff regions in the country, and continues to push the bar higher for sailors on the path to the elite levels of the sport. 

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Salty Brother Films


Salty Brother Films


SALTY BROTHER FILMS

Salty Brother Films is the official content partner of the Skiff Squad.  Dane and Quinn Wilson are both graduates of the Skiff Squad program themselves, and are now coaching the next generation while working on spreading the stoke through Salty Brother Films.  Show them some love by checking out www.SaltyBrother.com. Check out some of the content that has been produced by the bros below.