About The Foundation

Three sailors, who have all been touched by the 44 ft. Annapolis Yawl Resolute, unknowingly had a common dream, that dream was to keep her sailing and foster education in traditional nautical skills. In the summer of 2004, John Filmer, Joe Forest and Ralph Duncan crossed paths, and the result was the creation of the Resolute Sailing Foundation, a non-profit organization established to teach traditional nautical skills, maritime history and an appreciation of the marine environment. The focus is to teach youth groups, youths at risk and students at educational institutions,

Built in 1939 for the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, Resolute was the third of twelve such yawls built for the Navy. Over the course of 20 years, it is estimated that some 70,000 American midshipmen trained aboard these vessels. Now the Resolute Sailing Foundation preserves that rich heritage and her tradition by using this historic yawl to train future leaders just as she was used to train great leaders of the past. Young people who have the opportunity to sail on her will learn to overcome their fears, learn to think and act quickly, acquire traditional sailing skills, develop self-confidence, strength of character and learn the necessity for personal responsibility and teamwork, an experience that the challenge of sea and sail so ably provides. Hence our Vision Statement: “Building Character in America’s Youth through Sail Training”