We Did It! GW Sailing Completes Raise High the Sails Campaign

July 22, 2014


In September 2013, GW sailing launched its Raise High the Sails fundraising campaign with the goal of raising enough funds to replace and build an 18-boat fleet that would help the Colonials compete amongst the nation's best programs.

In less than a year and thanks to generous contributions from a variety of supporters, GW sailing has reached its target and will indeed Raise High new sails during the 2014-15 season.

Below is a letter sent from third-year Head Coach John Pearce on Monday, July 21:

Dear Friends of GW Sailing,

It is with great pleasure that I can say, "With your help - we did it!" GW Sailing has surpassed the team's $180,000 fundraising target set by the Raise High the Sails campaign. With these funds, we can realize our goal of building an 18-boat fleet for the 2014-15 season.

Please know that this would not have been possible without generous contributions from alumni, parents and friends of GW Sailing. You have not only inspired and supported our student-athletes, you have also invested in the future of GW Athletics. GW student-athletes excel in the classroom as academic leaders and in the community as productive citizens. A new fleet of boats will allow them to train and compete at the highest level in their sport, evolving into a nationally known and respected program. In addition, this allows us to host regattas, which is great exposure for the school and a competitive advantage for our team.

The GW Sailing team knows what it is like to dream big and to see those dreams come true. We can only dream big because of your support. Again, I thank you for your help to Raise High the Sails!


John Pearce

Head Coach, GW Sailing



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