Sailing Club Offers Students Outdoor Sport Opportunity
Tired of virtually living? After-school sailing club gets students out in the sun and wind…
Most after-school athletic programs and clubs have been cancelled, due to the challenges of social distancing. But distancing happens naturally when sailing, and just-for-fun sailing is a great lifetime endeavor that can open all sorts of doors — careers, friendships, travel opportunities.
The Sailing Club at Jackson Beach is open for student athletes whose sports have been cancelled due to COVID-19; kids who love wind, water, and sun, or have a need for speed; students who want to launch a boat and head off towards Dinner Island.
Fall Sailing Club kicks off with a free open house on Saturday, August 29th, from 1 to 4 pm, at the far end of Jackson Beach. Students and parents are invited to come sail the Sailing Foundation’s Lasers (single-handed) and FJs (double-handed, for family pairings). Bring your PFD if you have one, and dress to get wet! Masks and social distancing will be required on land. No masks are to be worn when sailing.
Sailing Club will meet twice a week, after school, on days to be determined. Local middle- and high-school students are invited to join the club, hosted by the SJI Sailing Foundation. Some dinghy sailing experience is necessary, such as having taken the intermediate or advanced sailing classes through Island Rec.
Gear and Tuition
The Sailing Foundation will provide the boats, life jackets for anyone who didn’t bring their own, assistance rigging and launching, and a coach and safety boat while out on the water. Fall season tuition is $100, with full and partial scholarships available.
If there’s enough interest for a racing team, interested sailors from SJI can compete with the sailors at Sail Orcas this fall, and up and down the west coast once it’s safe. Team racing is a great activity for college applications.
Susan West, FridayHarborSailingTeam@gmail.com, 360-370-7976
Nige Oswald, email@example.com, 415-370-5755
The San Juan Island Sailing Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to increase access to sailing by people of all ages and means. It is supported through individual gifts and grants, and run by an all-volunteer board of directors.