Edward Oliver Sanchez, III  (EOS) Youth Big Boat Sailing Program


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 numerous Sail Newport efforts over the years and the memorial fund established in his memory will live out his passion.  While his journey was shorter than anticipated, he was always with tightly trimmed sails, spinnaker up on a warm summer breeze, with all flags proudly flying, for yours with a fair tide.

The Edward Oliver Sanchez, III Youth Big Boat Sailing Program at Sail Newport fund has been established at Sail Newport. In keeping with Tad's spirit for recreational and competitive sailing, this fund will provide the youth in our community the opportunity to experience the sport of sailing that Tad loved as well as to 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. 

  • May – August Practice & Racing
  • Classroom chalk talks and OTW practice geared to the skills and experience of participants. We anticipate that there will be three groups: Novice (limited sailing/racing experience), Developmental (good fundamental sailing skills, potentially limited racing experience, or limited keelboat experience) and Varsity (strong sailing/racing experience, some keelboat experience)
  • May August Racing
  • Monday Night Sportboat, Tuesday & Wednesday Night PHRF Racing
  • Newport Regatta
  • NBYA PHRF Regattas
  • ILYC Distance Race
  • C & C NA’s
  • Jamestown Around the Island Race
  • Sail for Hope


 Student Sailors: open to community youth ages 14 – 22 years of age who must apply, and who demonstrate “Tad Worthy” qualities such as: appreciation for the importance of punctuality, selflessness, work ethic, decorum, respect for people and traditions, commitment, good communication skills and good academics.

Student Sailor participants must commit to participating in all aspects of the Pre-Season Landside Training, Boat Prep Workdays and a min. # of practice days. For those in the competitive track, a min. # of race nights or regatta days.