Founded in 2015 we support learn-to-sail, racing teams, and coaching clinics. We are pioneering innovative programs such as Sergio’s Wayfinders that teaches children on the autism spectrum how to sail and Adventure Sailing a program that introduces at- risk children in Palm Beach County to sailing and other aspects of the marine industries to provide them more opportunities for growth and development.



Meet Our Team

People make the difference

Hillary Oswald

Acting President, VP

Hillary grew up in Michigan in a family of sailors; both her dad and grandparents were avid sailors.  Hillary did not inherit the sailor genes, but she is married to a professional sailor and is a sailor-mom extraordinaire. Hillary has witnessed first hand how sailing can quickly transform young lives through the experience with her
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Sue Slater

Secretary, Treasurer

Sue Slater grew up in the Chicago area sailing Sunfish in the summers on Lake Michigan. Moved to the West Palm Beach area in 1982. Served as CFO of a multi-million dollar corporation until she decided that she preferred self-employment. Sue retired in August 2019 after 25+ years of self-employment. I have been involved with
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Michael Phillips, MS, EMDR, CF-L1

Director

Mike originally from New Jersey moved to sunny south Florida in 2004 to attend Lynn University. Mike currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling. Mike began his professional career as stock trader and later entered the counseling field to pursue his true passion for people and helping
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Nico Barbero

Director

Nico Barbero is the Head Coach of Youth Sailing at the Palm Beach Sailing Club. He brings his extensive coaching experience – Argentinian national team for Optimist North Americans (2020), Orange Bowl Regatta (2019), WS Youth Sailing Championships (2020)– among others. His knowledge of youth sailing will bring valuable insight to our Foundation.

Meg Palumbo

Director

Born and raised on the shores of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, Meg first moved to Florida to attend the University of Miami.  After graduating she moved back to Newport, RI, where sailing is a part of life.  In 2013, a job promotion for her husband brought them back to Florida and to Palm Beach
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Bridget Baker

Director

Bridget Baker hails from a multigenerational sailing family.  Like her father, and grandfather before her, she is an alumna of a youth sailing program and attributes much of her success to the life lessons learned sailing. She feels so strongly about sailing her children are also alumni of youth sailing programs. “Youth sailing is, I think,
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Mission Statement

The Youth Sailing Foundation of the Palm Beaches will promote the sport of sailing for young people within our communities to provide educational and character building opportunities that youth sailing programs are uniquely able to provide such as confidence, self-reliance, teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, respect, ethical behavior and environmental awareness. The Youth Sailing Foundation of the Palm Beaches was created to build a sustainable sailing infrastructure working with existing sailing and youth programs in our community. The Foundation is led and administered by a group of volunteers.