Sailing Club Offers Students Outdoor Sport Opportunity

Posted August 23, 2020 at 12:16 pm by

Tired of vir­tu­al­ly liv­ing? After-school sail­ing club gets stu­dents out in the sun and wind…

BYC Youth Regatta 2018 - Contributed photo

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.

Rac­ing

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.

Con­tact Information

Susan West, FridayHarborSailingTeam@gmail.com, 360–370-7976

Nige Oswald, ioi.nige@gmail.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.

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