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 $10,000 Drawdown party held in February each year as the Foundation’s primary fundraiser.


Robert P. Wise, Chairman                          Otis Johnson, Chairman Emeritus

Bishop Blackwell, Vice Chairman

Joe Buzhardt, Treasurer

Suzanne Sharpe Wise, Secretary

Dillon Allen, Director

A. Dale Currie, Jr., Director

Joe C. Gibbs, Jr., Director

Jim Leggette, Director

Tina Martin, Director



The public is invited to purchase tickets to the $10,000 Mardi Gras Drawdown Party February 20, 2020 (7pm to 10 pm) at JYC.  The Foundation Patron's Party will be February 11 (6:30 to 9:30 pm) at the beautiful lakeside home of Tara McGowan.


Local sailors started the JYC Foundation, dba Community Sailing on the Rez, to train new sailors for the sport of sailing on the Rez. Our mission places a special emphasis on supporting youth sailing instruction on the Rez.  JYC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.   

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Ridgeland, MS 39157

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