is one of Mexico’s premier annual sailing events.
A six-day festival in February that combines fun and games, heart-felt volunteerism and an outpouring of international friendship. Although the tone of the event is light-hearted the goals are serious:
**to raise funds for the education of Zihuatanejo’s poorest children.**
These caring members of the International sailing community and land-based volunteers have raised money to continue building classrooms, kitchens, bathrooms and playgrounds.
Fun Rally, Boat Parades, Concerts Dances, Auction. Chili cook-off, School tours and so much more make this a wonderful event.
All proceeds go towards the education of underprivileged children of Zihuatanejo.
Zihuatanejo Sailfest 2016
Since 2002, our annual Zihua Sailfest benefit festival has built 102 classrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and playgrounds for disadvantaged children at more than 30 schools, including 14 brand-new schools in partnership with the local community. Nearly 5,000 bright-eyed young scholars have benefited from your Sailfest participation.
Sailfest 2016 raised an astonishing $1,394,000 pesos, including generous grants from the Bellack Foundation, volunteer Jane Fiala and cruiser Pete Boyce. Local and international Rotary Clubs contributed an additional $44,250.usd in support of Sailfest’s vision of providing an educational opportunity to all of Zihuatanejo’s children, regard of income level or social status.
This Summer, in collaboration with the city government and local businesses, Sailfest/Por Los Ninos built the first new high school in Zihuatanejo in nearly 20 years. This Colegio de Bachilleres opened in August with 130 eager students, and is expected to grow rapidly. We also built an additional classroom at each of 3 Sailfest kindergartens to address increased enrollment.
Sailfest/Por Los Ninos awarded 45 English language scholarships to Ninos Adelante scholars. Thanks to the generosity of the Plymouth-Foothills and Zihuatanejo Rotary Clubs, 48 English language scholarships were awarded to local teachers; and 51 Hospitality English scholarships were awarded to school parents to enhance their opportunities for employment. The Rotary grant also provided a fully-equipped computer room at a Sailfest primary school.
Carol’s Beans & Rice program, co-funded by our sister foundation, Los Ninos, Inc. in the United States, fed more than 30,000 nutritious meals to the very poorest of our students who would otherwise go hungry. Grade point averages increased dramatically.
The State Secretary of Education has stated that the Zihua Sailfest is the most successful educational fundraiser in Guerrero. Our Municipal Director of Education estimates that approximately 2,500 disadvantaged children are attending school each year because of the cruiser’s dedication to Zihua’s bright-eyed young scholars.