Click here for the flipbook version of "The First Ten Years," a book by our founder Warren H. Spear.
Or click below to download a PDF version
Englewood Sailing Association, Inc. is a spin-off from the Lemon Bay Rag Haulers, a sailing and social organization, founded in 1990. The Rag Haulers started a very successful Youth Sailing Program in the Spring of 2002. In cooperation with the Englewood YMCA, thirty-four volunteers worked with nineteen youngsters in a four week program. The program included boating safety and hands on sailing. On completion of the program, it was obvious that it had provided a very positive experience for the youth and that it deserved continuance and expansion. It was decided by the membership of the Rag Haulers that the demands of such a program were beyond the scope of their organization.
The Englewood Sailing Association, Inc. was then formed by Warren Spear as a non-profit corporation for the purpose of providing sailing instruction for the youth of Englewood. He found small boats for the instruction and was able to raise $10,000 in one week to launch the sailing association.
We've grown a great deal since those days when boats (sail boats and safety boats) had to be transported a great distance for each class.
In 2011, Sarasota County agreed to leasing us the property at Indian Mound Park which provided an ideal environment to teach sailing directly from the shore. Our team of volunteers fenced in a large area, built boat storage racks and a shed for sails, life jackets and other needed equipment.
In 2012, Mr. Spear put an interesting story of the first 10 years in book form. Click on the side to learn more about our humble beginning.