If you are interested in becoming and Open Sailhost, please join us for Open Sail Host Training on June 24 from 10 am- 2 pm. Time for lunch break allowed and plenty of fun on the water learning how to drive safety boat and how to rescue boats in distress and other useful tools which will allow you to host Open Sails on you own.
RSVP for this training by emailing Jane!
We will be making some minor changes to the Open Sail rules. Mostly to the allowance of 'guests' that members can bring and the basic skill requirements for sailing the sport boats during Open Sail. This would be a great time to think about either taking Advanced Dinghy class, or getting "checked out" on the sport boats (Quests and Zests).
SEA recently lost a beloved member. Mo Witzel, one of the first of the Marin Yacht Club liaisons for Sail Camp, has passed away at age 99.
Mo was a fierce supporter of Sail Camp at MYC. He would row over each day, from his home on the canal, to check on the kids. His little boat, now known as the "Mo", was donated to SEA a while back and is rowed now by our members.
Mo, his wife, Jane, and other MYC members hosted the graduation barbecues for Sail Camp. In many ways, he was the father of Sail Camp at Marin Yacht Club. Fair winds, Mo. We love you and will miss you.
In partnership with Division of Boating and Waterways, SEA will be hosting a Safe boating day May 19th from 12- 3pm during which SEA will be open to the public for mini sailing lessons, boating and harbor safety lessons and PFD check and trade-in. All SEA members are invited to come join us and go sailing. Also, if your PFD is old or needs replacement, come down to trade in your PFD for a new one provided by Division of Boating and Waterways.
Program: The idea is that you buy a Fall Sail card for $250 which gives the student the choice of any 5 of the 8 Fall Sailing days that we offer (we realize schedules may restrict availability for all 8).
Cost: $270 for 5 dates, $370 for all 8 dates
Times: Specific times TBA due to tides, but plan on about 10- 3
Dates (choose 5, or all 8 dates):
* Students who wish to enroll in Spring Sailing must have completed Basic or Intermediate Camp or have approval from the Program Director.
To learn more or to register for Spring Sailing, please click here.
Questions? Please email Program Director Meghan Hartnett
The 2018 Sailing Education Adventures Sail Camp Dates are now open for registration!
Mini Camp- Loch Lomond
Hours: 9am- 12 pm
Session 1: June 12- 16
Session 2: July 9- 13
Session 3: August 6-10
Basic/Intermediate Camp- Marin Yacht Club
Hours: 9am- 4 pm
Session 1: Jun 18-29
Session 2: Jul 9- July 20
Session 3: Jul 23- Aug 3
Session 4: Aug 6- 10
SEA Expolorers- Loch Lomond
Hours: 9 am- 4 pm
Ages: 10- 18
SEA Explorers: Aug 13-17
Advanced Race Camp- Loch Lomond
(Student must be recommended)
Hours: 12pm- 4pm Advanced campers are encouraged to come early to help with mini camp for extra experience.
Session 1: Jul 9- 13
Session 2: July 23- 27
Session 3: August 6-10
Last month, SEA had to cancel the Annual Member meeting due to the North Bay Fires and the number of members and families who were affected by such tragedy. Now that things have slowed down a bit for our families, we have rescheduled this meeting for December 3 at Loch Lomond Yacht Club, from 4 pm- 6pm.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend this meeting.
Lifetime SEA member, and former President, John Paul Watts has once again challenged us with a scholarship donation match.
JP has put up $300 in a match donation. In other words, he will match any donation to his scholarship fund up to $300!
The John Paul Watts scholarship fund was originally started with a $1000 match, which was met by our members. The fund is specifically for children from Camp SEA Stars or Camp Bahia, our two camps for underserved children from Marin City and the Canal District of San Rafael. Those camps are one week, half day. The camps are supported by Ca State Division of Boating and Waterways.
However, if one of those children is really turned on to sailing and would like to go to the 2 week Sail Camp, they cannot afford it. This is where John Paul has stepped in. His fund is specifically for those children to attend the 2 week Sail Camp!
So, as we slide into the "season of giving", we are looking for folks who will help us meet the match so we can get all of JP's money! Meg will put up a special tab on the "Donations" section of the website. Anything is welcome, it all goes towards the fund. You can only afford $10? That's fine! It means $20 with the match!
Thank you, John Paul! And, the children thank you too.
Due to concerns regarding air quality in the North Bay resulting from the fires, SEA has postponed the following events:
SEA Annual Member Meeting- Postponed. Rescheduled date TBA
Freebie Member Sail- Postponed. Rescheduled date TBA
Youth Fall Sailing- Rescheduled to 11/5. Other dates of 10/22 and 10/29 are expected to run as scheduled. Please check back for changes.
We hope all of our SEA Member families and Youth families are safe during this time. Please contact us for more information.
This is SEA's annual fun "race" to China Camp scheduled in conjunction with the Chinese Heritage Day Festival.
Members and campers and/or families rent SEA boats to participate in this sail. SEA's trawler Descalza will act as a race committee boat and will set a starting line to the South of the Marin Islands. Racers will sail to China Camp for finish. We will raft up and go ashore to participate in the festivities at China Camp State Park.
Family and friends who do not wish to sail are invited along on Dez, for a suggested donation, or can meet us via land at China Camp State Park.
When: August 26th
Times: Contact us for details, tentatively plan on being at LLM to rig at 9 am for a 10 am start off the Marin Islands.
Please contact Jane for boat reservations, rentals or questions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ride along on Des
This year we have added a special treat for our Basic/Intermediate sailors and SEA Explorers, we will be joining the crew of Seaward, onboard an 82 ft Schooner for a day of sailing and learning on the Bay! SEA has partnered with Call of the Sea to provide this day sail and we are thrilled to be able to bring campers aboard a larger vessel to learn how sailing relates not only in small boats but on bigger boats as well.
This is an opportunity for SEA members to join Sail Campers for this exciting outing. Please note: SEA members will be charged $30 per person for the sail, your Sail Card doesn't count. This fee is to offset the cost that SEA is paying to Call of the Sea and is still a very discounted rate from COTS public sail rates.
We will need between 4-5 carpool drivers for each session, please let me know if you are interested in driving some campers.
Please contact Meghan Hartnett if you are interested in participating with the Sail Campers. More information regarding meeting location etc will be provided to you.