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

Vice President

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


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 I decided I preferred self-employment. Retired in August 2019 after 25+ years of self-employment. I have been involved with youth sailing
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Carolyn Ansay


Carolyn Ansay is an environmental attorney with a focus on water quality issues.  Her law practice is focused on representing non-profit and governmental organizations.  She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Miami and law degree at the University of Florida.  While living in Miami she was an active participant in UM’s sailing club.
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Francois van Well


Born and raised in The Netherlands, sailing small dinghies on the rivers, built small sailing and racing keel boats in early teens and went to boarding school in Wales, UK for two years and headed up the sailing team there consisting of Lasers and Laser 2’s in 1986-87. Graduated from Delft University with MSc in
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Kyle Assad


Grew up in Rhode Island sailing at the Greenwich Bay Sailing Program in optimists, sunfish, and Club 420’s. With an undergraduate degree from Boston University, a Master’s Degree in International Education from American University and an MBA from the Fisher School of Business at THE Ohio State University, Kyle’s professional background spans a career in
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We are dedicated to removing barriers
so all youth can experience the joys of sailing

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.