The weather didn’t disappoint for the ITEP Friends and Family Sunset Sail. On Friday September 30, 15 ITEP Advisory Board members, Gardena Global Leadership Academy (GGLA) students, teachers from Gardena and Carson High School, and ITEP alumni, set sail on the Los Angeles Maritime Institutes (LAMI) Brigantine, the Exy Johnson, for a sunset sail through the Los Angeles Harbor. Each passenger donated $50 to sponsor one academy student for a half day sail.
With clear skies and sunshine ahead, the group set sail at Berth 78, Ports O’ Call in San Pedro and for three GGLA students it was their first time at sea. The TopSail Youth Program uses sail training to provide real-life challenges with the goal of developing transferable skills from the classroom and into the workplace. GGLA students helped sail the vessel and mix and mingled with the business partners and volunteers who were on board.
Despite the rain, the sail ended perfectly with a double rainbow and a beautiful sunset. ITEP would like to give a special thanks to Nancy Richardson, Ed Steiner, the LAMI volunteers for all their help and support, to Ann Burckle for sponsoring the participation of the four GGLA students, and to Captain Rob who gallantly led the group through safe waters and capricious weather. This was an amazing opportunity for GGLA students. With the money raised, we will be able to send more ITEP students out to sea very soon.