We can barely contain our excitement when witnessing the growth of our Youth Sailing Summer Camp. As a result of last year’s demand, we expanded our 2011 program from five to six sessions. With this and the growth of our excellent reputation, we have had over 100 kids come to Coyote Point Yacht Club this summer to learn to sail, make friends and enjoy our magnificent marina and clubhouse.
The enthusiastic response of parents and campers has resulted in numerous children coming back after attending last year’s camp. Many of this year’s families have signed their children up for numerous sessions and are bringing their friends with them!
Here’s what a typical youth sailing week looks like. On Monday morning our instructors play a name game to help everyone become acquainted. There is some chalk talk time where the kids are given a brief lesson on sailing basics and then it’s time to rig up the Opti’s and off they go. Morning winds are typically pretty light and it’s fun to watch the sailors get their bearings in the water alongside our guest dock. An hour or so of this and they’re back in the Regatta Room for a rest, snack time and more classroom instruction. Another sailing session and it’s time for lunch. Afternoons are pretty much the same but as the day progresses the friendship’s build and so do the sailing skills. On Friday there’s a hotdog barbecue lunch with the kids bringing a dish to share. It’s so much fun to see the progress they make as the week goes on. By Friday afternoon they are darting around the marina and out to the basin with complete confidence. Their enthusiasm is so contagious. By now some of the older students have graduated from sailing an Opti to sailing the Laser.
Safety for the children is always the number one concern. Life jackets are required when on the dock and in the boats. We have three chase boats, three instructors and three interns to supervise the kids and pull them off the rocks when they get their boats in trouble!
We’ve had a terrific staff this summer and a heartfelt thank you goes out to Kevin Kirberg, Kellie Clark and Shannon Clark. Also thanks to our youth sailing instructor interns, Chris, Lana and Mark. They’ve all worked hard to make this year’s program an outstanding success.