Total loan: $10,000
Ponce, PR, Puerto Rico / Services
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I was raised just a few steps from the ocean. The first time I sailed I was 8 years old in my hometown of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Even though I was terrified for the first weeks, I ended up falling in love with the feeling of being on the water with nothing but the wind and the ocean in my path. When I was 15 years old I suffered the loss of one of my siblings. Her passing left me adrift and I only found refuge out on the water. Two years later I had the opportunity to volunteer as Secretary of Race Committee at the 2010 Central American games held in Puerto Rico. It was there that I regained my footing and found my passion. I had found a community where I felt I belonged. Since then I have worked in sailing regattas and events across the Caribbean, growing my circle of friends, colleagues, and my knowledge of the industry. Throughout the years I have been searching for a way to make my passion more than just a hobby. At 25 years old, I am one of the youngest people to be certified in race management through World Sailing. I have been a member of the Board of directors of the Puerto Rico Sailing Federation, a Principal Race Officer at International Regattas, and lead coordinator for maritime relief efforts after the devastating 2017 hurricane season. My passion and drive for this community has helped me grow a network of contacts across the oceans that are the ones who ultimately gave me the push I needed to launch Island Bound. My dream is to expand and connect the nautical community across the Caribbean and the globe so that the industry can thrive even more.