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River Rats is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  Donations to River Rats are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

To sustain an affordable junior sailing program, River Rats relies upon member volunteer time and donations. River Rats gratefully accepts and acknowledges all donations of any size

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We also welcome “in kind” donations of supplies and equipment up to and including boat donations (see Fleet Needs below). Please contact:

Where the Money Will Go... 

The River Rats Junior Training Program keeps the lessons affordable to families by providing boats for the students. The student just needs to bring a life jacket and be able to swim. As one can imagine, the boats used in the Junior Training Program can take a pounding over the course of the summer.

Club Members provide the labor and funds for routine maintenance. Your donation will be used for extraordinary expenses, such as major repairs and parts or replacing older boats and equipment. For example, a new sail can cost from $100 to $300, depending on the boat. 100% of your donation will be put toward supporting the Junior Training Program.


Fleet Needs... 

Many of the boats in our current training boat fleet are near or beyond their life expectancy. This increases our maintenance efforts greatly. Your generosity in this area can make the biggest impact on the program.

Our current training fleet composition and cost:

Boat Number Cost(new) Life Expectancy
Optimist(Opti) 14 $3000 5 yrs
National 10(Turnabout)
10 $6000 15 yrs
Laser Radial 3 $6000 7 yrs
Club 420 6 $8500 7 yrs

Instructor chase boats:

Boat Cost(new) Life Expectancy
13'-15' Boston Whaler/Carolina Skiff $10,000+ 10 yrs
25+ HP Outboard Motor $5,000+ 5 yrs


Thank you for your support