Edward Oliver "Tad" Sanchez, III

Who's brilliant life and sailing talent inspired the Youth Big Boat Program at Sail Newport

Growing up on the waterfront in New Bedford and Block Island, our dear friend, Tad had a lifelong love for the sea and everything it represented. 

Tad was a team member of some of the world's most magnificent yachts ever built such as: "Titan," "Harrier," "Shockwave," "Interlodge," "Akela," "Encore" and "Laura (KZ-5)."  

Tad supported Sail Newport's public access mission over the years and the memorial fund established in his memory will live out his passion.  

The Youth Big Boat Program at Sail Newport in keeping with Tad's spirit for recreational and competitive sailing, the "Tad Fund" will provide the youth in our community the opportunity to experience the sport of sailing that Tad so loved.  Also, young sailors will develop the life skills that the sport provides. 

Using the sailboat assets that Sail Newport already has - 14 J/22s, two J/24s, a Melges 24, a J/29, an Etchells and a pair of C & C 30's - as well as the many local marine resources within the community, coupled with the many talented sailors who call Rhode Island home, the Sail Newport Big Boat Program will provide on land and on-the-water recreational and competitive opportunities. 

Student Sailors: open to community youth ages 13 – 20 years of age who must apply, and who demonstrate:
“Tad Worthy” qualities such as:
  • the importance of punctuality
  • selflessness
  • strong work ethic
  • personal and professional decorum
  • respect for people and traditions
  • commitment
  • strong and clear communication skills
  • solid academics
Tad was also a talented artist and designed the artwork at top right.