In 2000, New York Yacht Club Commodore George "Dooie" Isdale commandeered a group of sailors who shared his vision of supporting promising athletes of all ages without widely-available resources to assist with their pursuits.
It was from this collective passion that Commodore Isdale and his associates
established the Sailing Foundation of New York (SFNY).
In the Foundation’s first five years, donations exceeded $2 million with distributions to more than 70 eligible recipients.
To this day, the Foundation has raised more than $7 million for 700+ athletes - 80 of whole are currently active in the program.
The Sailing Foundation of New York is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the support and growth of education, competition and sporting activities in the sailing community. For athletes, the Foundation provides much-needed guidance and financial support as they navigate their emergence in the sport.
100% of all SFNY contributions are allocated to directly support eligible organizations and athletes,
with no administrative or operating expenses funded by donors.
Meet THE Board
Thomas Stark, President
George M. Isdale, Founder
Dean M. Brenner
Dean is President and Founder of The Latimer Group, a coaching and training firm focused on persuasive communication skills. He also served two four-year terms as Chairman of the US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program. Dean served as Team Leader for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Team in China, and the 2012 Olympic Sailing Team in England. He’s won seven national and North American championships, and five international team racing championships. Dean lives in Wallingford, CT with his family.
George Hinman, Jr
George is a past Commodore of NYYC. He presently is on the Board of US Sailing, the National Sailing Hall of Fame, and Sail to Prevail. George recently retired after a thirty year association with Glickenhaus & Co, a securities firm in New York. He continues to be an active team racer and lives in Newport, RI.
Dorothy M. Mosko
Dorothy has been involved with the Sailing Foundation since 2009 through her involvement with the Golden Spinnaker fundraisers. She is a member of the New York Yacht Club and the Indian Harbor Yacht Club, where she is an active Board member involved with sailing event management and as a former Regatta Chairman. Dorothy resides in Greenwich, CT and works in financial services.
Thomas L. Stark
Tom has been a member of the Board of Directors of SFNY since its inception, having also served a previous two-year term as President that lasted ten years.
He is the Chairman of Port-a-Brace, Inc. of Vermont and is an independent investor. Tom remains an avid sailor, having raced a series of yachts called RUSH.
He currently spends time aboard his custom Grand Banks Aleutian 72, CRONOS, in the far Bahamas and Caribbean and resides in Jupiter, FL.
Dr. Paul M. Zabetakis, M.D.
Dr. Paul Zabetakis, MD currently serves as a consultant to the President of Fresenius Medical Care's Renal Therapies Group, having retired in 2015 from his role as the President of the Renal Research Institute. With more than 25 years of experience in medicine and clinical research, Dr. Zabetakis has served on a number of national committees and lectured on issues related to clinical nephrology and healthcare policy. He is the founding member of the NYYC Swan 42 and the Swan 42 Class Association, and was awarded the prestigious Monte-Sano Trophy for Racing Excellence in 2013. Zabetakis, a New York Yacht Club Trustee, is currently serving as the NYYC Sailing Committee Chair - a post he has held since 2013.
James J. Cummiskey
Jamie is GVP at Gartner Inc., a leading global research and advisory services firm. He is a member of both the New York Yacht Club and the Indian Harbor Yacht Club, where he has served on the Board and as Fleet Captain. Jamie was an early mobilizing force for introducing club-owned Ideal 18s at Western Long Island Sound clubs, with the early start of "Focus on Sailing" and Ideal 18s at Indian Harbor. Jamie is an avid blue water sailor, one design and team racer, with 10 Bermuda Races (not planning to miss one going forward) and several North American championships. Jamie, an All-American sailor at Brown University, lives with his wife Joy and some of his five kids in Darien, CT.
PATricia K. Leicht
Tricia works at SUNY Maritime College with the Waterfront Programs. She is the past Chair of the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound and Larchmont Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program. Tricia grew up sailing out of Larchmont Yacht Club and has continued to cruise, race and frostbite throughout the years since. She is a member of NYYC and LYC and lives with her husband Steve and 4 children in Mamaroneck, NY.
Arthur J. Santry III
Art Santry is an Executive Managing Director with DTZ/Cushman & Wakefield's National Law Firm Practice Group, and is a member of the firm’s 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit Practice Group. He is an active committee member and Trustee of the New York Yacht Club, having enjoyed various appointments and projects over the years. Art has participated in many races and cruises, including 15+ Bermuda races, one Transpac race, five Queens Cup wins and the 1977 America’s Cup trials on Independence under his belt. He resides in the Washington, DC metro area and Newport, RI.
Steven A. Wolff
Steven A. Wolff, CMC is the founding Principal of AMS Planning & Research Corp. and AMS Analytics LLC, based in Connecticut. For nearly 30 years, Steven has provided counsel to arts, culture and entertainment enterprises on strategic initiatives, the planning and development of capital facilities, and arts industry research. In addition to work with AMS clients, Steven is a leading industry thinker and speaker exploring topics from the role of ‘anchor cultural institutions’ to ‘re-thinking success’ for 21st century arts and cultural enterprises.
Steven is on the faculty at the Yale School of Drama, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in theater administration and teaches Decision Support. He serves on the Board of several arts and educational not-for-profit organizations.