Netscape founder and longtime yachtsman Jim Clark has donated $800,000 to Sail to Prevail, the National Disabled Sailing Program in Newport, Rhode Island.
Clark’s donation — the largest in the organization’s history — came earlier this month, after he skippered his 136-foot J Boat Hanuman to four first-place finishes in four races at the St. Barth’s Bucket Regatta.
“All of us with multimillion-dollar boats should try to do something to give back to the ocean and provide opportunities for others,” said Clark, who publicly committed to donating an amount equal to whatever he spent racing.
Hanuman is one of the smaller sailing yachts that Clark has owned. In 2004, he took delivery of the 295-foot Royal Huisman Athena, which remains one of the largest sailing yachts in the world. Athena was reported for sale last summer with an asking price of $95 million.
Clark previously owned the 155-foot Royal Huisman Hyperion, which launched in 1998.
Sail to Prevail was founded in 1982 and has helped more than 15,000 people so far. The group creates opportunities for children, adults and veterans with disabilities to overcome adversity in their daily lives through therapeutic sailing.
Learn more at www.sailtoprevail.org.