American Sailing Association & Hands Across The Sea
Caribbean Getaway Sweepstakes

By putting brand new, amazing, life-changing books into the hands of Caribbean children and creating/rejuvenating lending libraries at their schools, Hands Across the Sea is helping to raise the literacy levels—and the hopes for a better life—of underprivileged children on the islands of Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Now in its fourteenth year serving Caribbean children, Hands Across the Sea employs a network of program officers, called Hands Literacy Links, to mentor and coach school staff to bolster the sustainability of lending libraries at more than 900 schools serving kids ages 3-17, and support reading and literacy across the region. Through their library and community programs, Hands Across the Sea has delivered over half-a-million books and opened a world of opportunity for nearly 167,000 children in the Eastern Caribbean.

When you donate to the ASA/Hands Across the Sea Caribbean Getaway Sweepstakes*, you are entered to win a week-long charter in the Caribbean courtesy of Horizon Yacht Charters, St. Vincent. Or you could win a luxurious seven-night stay for six (three rooms) at The Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua or at the St. James’s Club, Morgan Bay, St. Lucia, courtesy of Elite Island Resorts.

Thank you for supporting literacy for Caribbean children. Like you, we believe that every child should grow up reading!

Entries close at 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. See the complete terms & conditions.

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ASA is partnering with Horizon Yacht Charters, St. Vincent and Elite Island Resorts to support the mission of Hands Across the Sea, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising child literacy levels in the Eastern Caribbean. When you donate to Hands Across the Sea through this page you’ll be automatically entered in our sweepstakes, and you’ll be helping Hands provide much-needed books and literacy resources to children from pre-school to high school in the Eastern Caribbean. Play the one-minute video above to see how your donation to Hands Across the Sea helps Caribbean kids!
Horizon Yacht Charters We started in the beautiful BVI (British Virgin Islands) in 1998 and quickly expanded with additional bases in the stunning Grenadines; establishing bases in Grenada and St Vincent. From each Horizon Caribbean base we offer a range of vacations tailored just for you; Learn to sail (American Sailing Association), Bareboat, Skippered, Luxury all-inclusive crewed vacations and our Sail & Kite experience. Our fleets have been carefully chosen to deliver ease of sailing experience; from the technical systems to the superior living space. For sailing couples, we have smaller monohull yachts as well as larger monohulls for larger groups, and for groups of friends and family, we offer the largest, quality sailing catamarans, as well as power catamarans.

The Verandah Resort & Spa, on beautiful Antigua, and the St. James’s Club, Morgan Bay, on stunning St. Lucia, are famed for their fine dining and fun, family-oriented watersports and activities. Elite Island Resorts offers world-class vacations in Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, the Grenadines, and Panama.

What Your Donation Accomplishes

CARIBBEAN SEA – Fund our area of greatest need. Let Hands direct your gift to selected schools, libraries, reading programs, and youth centers that are ready for development — and waiting to engage children who are eager to read and learn.
TRADE WINDS – Refurbish the existing library of a primary school or secondary school, from new paint to shelves and floor tiles to 400 great new books, and help turn it into a vibrant borrowing library that serves students, teachers, and the local community.
CALYPSO KING – Selection of 250 durable hardcover non-fiction books for a primary school or secondary school. These books are packed with information that educates, informs, & opens the door to a wider world.
CARNIVAL QUEEN – Eighty-five hardcover non-fiction books for a primary or secondary school — informational books that help children learn to read, and then read to learn.
STEEL PAN BAND – Selection of 35 great children’s titles from well-regarded Caribbean niche publishers — when Caribbean kids can “see themselves” in books, it helps them get hooked on reading.
CORAL REEF – Selection of 50 pleasure-reading books — from Goosebumps to Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Dr. Seuss to Curious George to Hunger Games— for a selected grade level.
RAINFOREST – Selection of 12 gotta-read titles such as Great Graphix or Thrillers & Chillers for primary school students from grades 4 to 6
MANGO TREE – A half-dozen high interest/low reading level books — from Captain Underpants to Junie B. Jones — that stoke the imaginations of reluctant readers.
Entries close at 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. See the complete terms & conditions.

You can donate by visiting