The first donors to Sails for Sustenance were the University of Miami and members of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Since then hundreds of individual donors, many anonymously, have given sails.
Volunteers of all ages have collected sails on behalf of SFS by reaching out to their network of fellow sailors through local yacht clubs and racing fleets. Some volunteer collectors set up a table at a regatta while others maintain a “drop box” at a yacht club or sail loft.
DELIVERY TO MIAMI OR NEW ORLEANS
All donated sails are processed at SFS offices in Miami or New Orleans prior to being shipped to Haiti. Many sails have been shipped to HQ in Miami individually through UPS and the USPS. Large loads consisting of many sails have been carried by sailors trailering boats to regattas in Florida.
SAILS ARE PROCESSED
SFS inspects and catalogs donated sails according to condition, material, size, type, etc. Sails are then stripped of battens and tackle, flaked and rolled to specific dimensions, and packed into canvas bags. The database allows SFS to link sails from a donor to recipient community.
DELIVERY TO HAITI
Sails are primarily shipped to Port-au-Prince, Haiti via sea freight through a partnership with Food for the Poor (www.foodforthepoor.org). SFS has also utilized independent freight companies that ship to secondary ports such as Miragoane, Haiti. Once in Haiti, sails are retrieved in the port city by partner organizations, taken back to remote villages, and distributed to fishermen.