Hobie Polarized Sailor of the Month
US Sailing takes a great amount of pride in recognizing our many volunteers around the country. Many of our outstanding volunteers have gone above and beyond the call of duty for our sport. Stephanie Webb (Fort Myers Beach, Fla.) is one of those volunteers. She received the Outstanding Volunteer Award at the Sailing Leadership Forum Awards Dinner, sponsored by Old Pulteney and hosted by the San Diego Sports Hall of Fame.
Stephanie has been a tireless supporter of community sailing as a member of the Edison Sailing Center in Fort Myers, Fla. Even before she joined the Community Sailing Committee, she was instrumental in helping launch the Regional Sailing Programs Symposium in the Southeast, and also provided substantial guidance for the development of the program nationally.
She’s been at the heart of US Sailing’s Reach program (for STEM education using sailing as a platform) which has provided a huge opportunity for community sailing programs nationwide. She organized the second largest Junior Olympics event last year. Stephanie is described as selfless, compassionate and has dedicated an exorbitant amount of time to helping sailors of all ages.
Stephanie discussed the Regional Sailing Program Symposium and the goals for this program in the Southeast.
“We’ve been able to make real connections with people through our communications to support each other’s efforts for the program. As a result of these initial efforts, our region has developed a strong networking system - one in which we communicate ideas, dates, programs, needs, and share information. We have a strong, collegial and collaborative network developing - one that is supportive and focused on sailing.
We are especially looking forward to meeting next month at the beautiful Fairhope Yacht Club (Ala.). We will welcome sailing groups representing many forms of sailing and marine education along this I-10 corridor, and as we plan for the annual conference in New Orleans in 2015. What better way to begin building excitement for NOLA!”
She talked about why the US Sailing REACH program (STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is so important to her.
“From the moment Jessica Servis (REACH Manager) asked if we wanted to be involved, there was NO question it would be a resounding, YES!
REACH has ramped up our sailing and marine education programs and provided a stronger foundation to sailors who want to understand the mechanics of what they are doing. I think we are doing a disservice to our sailors if we don't include REACH as part of their learning. REACH is "portable". It can be taught in the classroom, miles from the water, or in a boat, on the water, and in real-time. I am looking forward to continuing to add to the REACH modules/activities and sharing the importance of this program in all of our youth sailing programs.”
She went on to discuss the excitement surrounding the Junior Olympic Festival they hosted last summer at the Edison Sailing Center.
“Putting on a JO is like putting on a wedding for your only daughter... every year! We love welcoming back junior sailors from previous events, seeing how they are maturing as competitors and becoming leaders in their fleets. We have made some very special friendships over the years! And even more, how we see our own sailors and families step up to willingly donate their weekends to make sailors feel welcome and part of the ESC Family.
We learn something new every year and we are always open to trying out new ideas. Keep it fresh! Keep it simple. Go green!
"I'd rather donate my time to an organization like US Sailing, if that donation of time could mean the difference in facilitating a new program or update to be moved along more quickly. When a volunteer takes the time to align his/her skill set with the values of the organization, there is a synergy that develops, making it a win-win for both the organization and the volunteer!"
Learn more about the community sailing award winners.