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American Sailing Association Announces Sweepstakes to Win Two Weeklong Vacations in the Caribbean and Raise Awareness of Hands Across the Sea

Sailing, Travel and Water Sports Enthusiasts Can Enter Through September 30, 2014

Barefoot Yacht Charters, in cooperation with the American Sailing Association (ASA), will give away a weeklong charter cruise for four people in the Caribbean. The purpose of the giveaway, which is valued at $3,500, is to support the mission of Hands Across the Sea, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising literacy levels of children in the Caribbean. The runner-up sweepstakes entrant will win a seven-night vacation at Palm Island Resort in the Grenadines, courtesy of Elite Island Resorts. Those interested in winning the private yacht charter, which will cruise St. Vincent and the Grenadines, or Grenadines resort stay can enter the sweepstakes any day in September 2014 by watching a one-minute video about Hands Across the Sea at http://asa.com/hands-across-the-sea.php on the ASA’s Web site. Entrants will be encouraged to make a tax-deductible charitable donation in order to enter to win these fantastic destination prizes.

“Despite the West Indies being home to many exotic tourist destinations, local economies typically lack the resources to adequately support education,” said Charlie Nobles, executive director of the ASA. “The Caribbean is a gift to sailors and the sailing industry, so we are proud to partner with Barefoot Yacht Charters and Elite Island Resorts to support Hands Across the Sea’s goal of improving literacy levels in the Caribbean, where economic conditions make children’s books virtually unaffordable for both families and schools.”

Established seven years ago by lifelong sailors and husband and wife team, Tom and Harriet Linskey, Hands Across the Sea has grown into the most effective organization of its kind operating in the Eastern Caribbean. The organization works directly with school principals, community leaders, and U.S. Peace Corps volunteers to deliver brand new, high quality books to Caribbean schools. It purchases books from education publishers Scholastic, Penguin and Dorling Kindersley, and Caribbean imprints such as Macmillan Caribbean and Editorial Campana Books.

“We are extremely appreciative of our partnerships with the American Sailing Association, Barefoot Yacht Charters and Elite Island Resorts, all of whom are helping us to increase the visibility of our mission,” said Tom and Harriet Linskey. “We’re also grateful for the opportunity to raise significant funds that will have a lasting and positive impact on the economic futures of Caribbean children.”

The winners of the Barefoot Yacht charter and Palm Island Resort stay will be drawn in early October 2014. Airfare is not included.

Contact:

Jill Hoffman, 323-719-7111
jillh@clivehoffmanassociates.com

Logo courtesy American Sailing Association

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