2011 Youth Sailing Summer Camp was a bigger success than we had dared to imagine. This year we had 95 students attend the six week camp that began on July 20th and ended on August 5th. Of the 95 campers, 18 had attended last year. Many of the returning campers brought their friends and signed up for more than one session this summer. The reputation of our camp has grown and our revenues have quadrupled over the last three years. This summer we also added a 3 afternoon Advanced Sailing Class which was held the week of August 7th. This camp was geared toward prior students who had shown an interest in and aptitude for sailboat racing skills and tactics.
Our camp was conducted using the core of our Youth Sailing fleet – 8 Optis and 1 Laser. Unfortunately, we lost the Laser in an incident that occurred on the last afternoon of our Advanced Sailing Camp. A report of the incident has been posted on the club bulletin board for your review.
With an average of 14 campers per session, you can imagine that our fleet of 9 boats was in constant use. Fortunately, many of the younger and smaller kids like to sail two in an Opti, thereby reducing the number of boats that we needed at any given time.
In looking ahead to the future of our Summer Youth Sailing Program, there are a number of factors to be considered. We have two options regarding the growth of our program. To continue to grow our Summer Youth Sailing Program, or to stay at the current level for that matter, it is imperative that we add to and maintain our current fleet. Our other option is to reduce the number of campers and maintain the fleet as it is. The Board of Directors will be reviewing these options along with other ways in which we can improve the program.
In terms of overall growth, we are examining the idea of adding weekend Youth Sailing classes to be conducted throughout the school year. This year round program has the potential of generating enough income to maintain our Youth Sailing fleet, the Cal 20 and our newest addition, the 23’ Oday, Chalupa. The Youth sailors and our year round instructors, Kellie and Shannon, are excited about this prospect.
Most of you have seen or heard of Chalupa by now. As you probably recall, she was donated to Youth Sailing by Al and Carol Schick, long time tenants of Coyote Point Marina. Chalupa is currently over at Grand Marina Boat Yard in Alameda. Grand Marina was gracious enough to give us a really good deal on a bottom paint job for Chalupa since she will be used primarily as an extension of our Youth Sailing Program. Thanks to Jack Verducci and John Douglas for getting “Chalupa” to and from Alameda. Thanks again to the member who donated the paint job. Chalupa should be in the water in her donated slip next to the Cal 20 sometime over Labor Day weekend.
Adding the Oday to our CPYC sailing fleet presents a great opportunity to expand from the enrollment of our current and former youth sailing participants. Many parents and students expressed interest in a larger boat that they could “graduate” to. It is my opinion that this is an important step in adding to the ranks of our Proprietary Membership as well. The more we have to offer these interested young families, the more likely it is that they will want to join our club. With that goal in mind, we are preparing to offer private sailing lessons on the Oday and the Cal 20. Lessons are going to be given by Capt. Israel Soriano and are available to club members as well as current and former Youth Sailing Participants. Oh – and Chalupa will also be available for members to take out for a sail.
The more we have to offer in this regard, the better. As our Member and Secretary, the great fisherman Gary Edwards, recently said, “If you’re going fishing, you have to have the right bait”!
-Laurel Reid, Director of Youth Sailing[caption id=””