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

MacKenzie McGuckin

President

MacKenzie originally from New Jersey moved to sunny South Florida in 2015 to attend Florida Atlantic University.  Born into an avid boating family she was introduced to the waterfront before she could walk and has spent much of her life engaging in waterfront activities up and down the east coast.  As a result, MacKenzie is
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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

Secretary

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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Yvette Williams

Treasurer

Yvette Doan Williams has a love and enthusiasm for sailing those dates to when she was just a child and started sailing prams at the age of 4.  Her mother’s engagement ring came from her father selling his Lightning sailboat which was then replaced shortly after she had said yes. Yvette’s summers were spent on
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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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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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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.