Born and raised in Cap-Haïtien, Haïti, Patrick attended the University of Florida Memorial School of Business Administration and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He has always had a strong desire to contribute to the economic development of his beloved Haiti via volunteer work and humanitarian efforts by creating a link and providing a liaison between his people living abroad to those in the mainland.
Through a vision that started many years prior with the dream and perseverance of his Father, he created and became the President of FATIMA Group. Patrick also contributes in the Community through Volunteer Work and Humanitarian participation. He is the Vice-President of the CCIN Chamber of Commerce in Cap-Haïtien; the President of OGDNH Organisation de Gestion de la Destination Nord Haïti.
His latest vision has been focused on the plight of the fishermen of Cap-Haïtien. Hence he founded Haiti Sailing Cup which became not only a reality but a mission to assist and provide them with the means to better their lives and their outdated boats through the supply of equipments needed that will allow them to venture farther into the ocean for their fishing needs; thereby giving them the opportunity to contribute and profit into the economic system of the country. Through this organization, Haiti Sailing Cup the whole community is benefiting: the fishermen with new sails and fishing accessories, the sponsors who get to showcase their businesses, and the whole community who gets to participate in the many activities held in the city.
With a simple dream and vision, perseverance and determination and positive attitude, Patrick has been able to bring about businesses that are contributing to the economic system of his beloved city and given of himself through volunteer and humanitarian work. Haiti Sailing Cup will continue for many years to come thanks to the Fishermen's participation, the support of our many donors, and the people in the community who have embraced this new endeavor.
Dave Gray, Ed.S., an educator with a leadership and business background, as a part time business to meet a perceived need for low-cost sails made from polytarp that sailors and boatbuilders could tape together quickly and use for a season or two.
A proud native of Cap-Haïtien, Serge A. Boisette emigrated to the US at an early age to continue his studies, where he eventually earned his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and his Master’s in Health Services Administration from Florida International University and Barry University respectively. Though he has built his professional career in Miami, Florida one of the most diverse and multi-cultural cities in the USA, Serge has also maintained strong ties with his native country of Haïti.
Because of his personal commitment to sustainable development, education, culture and community, he has participated in many non-profit events that served those efforts in organizations such as The Alfred Béliard Foundation Against Cancer established to help in the education, prevention and support of Cancer patients.
Serge has been involved with Haiti Sailing Cup for three years now and has relished in the experience of assisting, directing, coordinating, structuring and implementing his problem solving skills towards the benefits of the organization as well as those of the fishermen participating. "It has been Amazing thus far" according to Serge who describes the planning and organizing of last year's race as an "adrenaline rush" in witnessing the excitement and joy of fishermen throughout the process and in the distribution of the sails. "It brings a great feeling of achievement, accomplishment and satisfaction to see the many sails with their beautiful bright colors caressing the bay. It is a breathtaking view. The idea of helping someone in need brings that feeling of satisfaction in oneself". He has witnessed firsthand the benefits that this Organization is bringing not only to the fishermen who obtain better sails and accessories, but to the businesses through exposure and more sales, and to the community as a whole by unifying its people in getting them involved in the beautification of their city. He is looking forward to this year's race and to the many more to come.
Young Haitian sailor from Port-Au-Prince. Lives and Travels around the world with her partner Dan on their Sailboat Uma, and shares her adventures through her Youtube Channel (Sailing Uma)
Two years ago, Kika and Dan sailed to Haiti's beautiful waters, before continuing their journey into the Caribbean islands. The goal with their videos was to share with the world what the news does not normally share, the side of HAITI that deserves to be recognized and appreciated. After spending several months in Cap-Haitian, that city quickly took a special place in their hearts.
With a background in architecture, Kika has been involved in a few projects to help her country. But her passion for sailing and love for the ocean led her to the unique opportunity to be involved with the Haitian Sailing Cup.
"I believe that the Haiti Sailing Cup is a catalytic project that has the potential to grow into something much bigger than just a single event. It has the power to educate the locals about how to care for their ocean, how to properly fish while keeping their reefs healthy, and in turn attracting tourist from all over the world."
In 2018, She reached out to her Sailing Uma followers and with the support of hundreds of people from all over the world, they were able to create TEAM UMA, and provide sails and outboard to several other boats helping them get out on the water. She flew down to Cap-Haitien to film the event and shared it in a video on her Youtube Channel.
"Helping once is good, but it is the long term commitment that truly makes a difference. I am humbled to be a board member of such a great project, and Sailing Uma will continue to proudly support and consult each year's race"
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