Community Sailing on the Rez

The JYC Foundation dba Community Sailing on the Rez is a community based non-profit that promotes the sport of sailing on the Jackson Reservoir (Fed. Tax ID No. 46-3690710: Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law). 


The Foundation’s mission places a special emphasis on supporting youth sailing and swimming.  The Foundation grants funds for scholarships and  equipment for the community youth Sailing and Swimming Camp at JYC, to support sailboat racing programs on the Rez, and youth participation at regattas of the GYA held throughout the region.  Community Sailing on the Rez also funds Spring and Fall First Sail Days to invite first time sailors from across the community to get on a sailboat and try the sport.  The Foundation's goal for 2019 is to establish a Sailing Instruction Center.  The Foundation is a member of the First Sail program of US Sailing and has established the Jackson Reservoir as an official First Sail location.  The Foundation raises funds through donations, memorial gifts, and at a Mardi Gras Drawdown party held in February each year as the Foundation’s primary fundraiser.


Robert P. Wise, Chairman                         

Robert M. Jones, Treasurer

Suzanne S. Wise, Secretary

Edgar Buchanan, Director

A. Dale Currie, Jr., Director for High School Sailing

Joe C. Gibbs, Jr., Director for First Sail 

R. Kelly Kyle, Director

Jim Leggette, Director

Tina Martin, Director


Otis Johnson, Chairman Emeritus


The public are invited to purchase tickets to the 2021 Virtual Mardi Gras Drawdown "Race for the Cash" to be held online February 11, 2020 at 7pm, or viewable afterward as a video.  Purchasers receive a confirmation within 24-48 hours with a web link to the Drawdown Board.  There are six cash prizes and door prizes award by Drawdown number in the reverse raffle ($100 first ticket eliminated; $200 5th from last drawn; $300 4th from last drawn; $400 3rd from last drawn; $1000 2nd from last drawn; and $2000 to the last ticket drawn as the Drawdown Race for the Cash Winner. 

The JYC Foundation dba Community Sailing on the Rez is a 501(c)(3) educational charity providing community sailing instruction programs at the John W. McGowan Sailing Center on the grounds of the Jackson Yacht Club, including First Sail Days and High School Sailing teams.  We build sportsmanship, skill and character through sailing. 

700 Yacht Club Road

Ridgeland, MS 39157

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