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Last week Kate and Charlotte competed in

Sailing World Cup Miami 2018...

And we had a blast. We had a steep learning curve throughout the event, and can't wait to get back to work honing the skill we learned. The event was attended by over 500 sailors from all over the world. We were inspired by our competitors and cant wait to get back to training to capitalize on what we learned this week. Thanks again to the event organizers for putting together a fantastic regatta. Read more in depth about our event here

We return to training on February 10th, and will be at the Miami Boat Showduring our training period to reach out to the marine community. Let us know if you'll be in town!

Happy Sailing
Kate & Charlotte


Holiday Update - Kate Schaner

I’ve spent the past year training for the 2020 Olympic Games in the 49er FX. 2016 has been an adventure, and I’d like to take a minute to share with you some of the highlights and challenges, as well as my future plans.

I am proud to say I spent over 300 days on the water this year. My training took me from coast to coast, putting in long hours in Miami, Long Beach, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and Long Island Sound. 

I began competing on the Sailing World Cup Tour, and traveled to the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Portugal this summer and qualified for Gold Fleet at Kiel Week. I also was lucky to get the chance to race in the 2020 Olympic Venue in Enoshima, Japan this fall.

I have lived out of a suitcase for eighteen months. I broke bones, masts, sails, boats, and power tools and became a far better sailor in the process. I couldn’t be happier to be where I am now. I love what I do, and am so excited to keep learning. 

This fall I began training with a new crew, Charlotte Mack, and we are excited to continue our training in preparation for the Miami World Cup this January. Follow our adventures at shanermacksailing.com or on Instagram at @shaner.mack.sailing

Thank you all so much for your continued support as I work toward my Olympic Dream. Happy Holidays!




Kate Shaner

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Since 2002, The Skiff Sailing Foundation has supported Olympic Campaigns in the 49er class. Please browse above to learn about our current campaigns and consider getting involved! We are looking for Volunteers and Donors to make Olympic dreams come to life!

The 49er is a fast, challenging boat to sail. Top competitors retiring from the 49er have gone on to drive America's Cup boats, compete in the Volvo Ocean Races, and can be found on the podium at many top level sailing events.

The value of a campaign extends beyond the Olympic Games as young sailors develop skills to last a lifetime. These skills are passed down through local sailing fleets.