Dates: Join fellow graduates and Family Members with children for Member Open Sails.
March 29- Freebie Member Sail- No sail card required April 12 April 26 May 2- National Safe Boating Day event and Sail Camp Open House at Marin Yacht Club May 17 May 31 June 20- Summer SAILstice, Freebie Member Sail w/ potluck BBQ July 12- Freebie Member Sail to Angel Island- No sail card required August 29- Lawler Cup Regatta
The sessions are led by a dedicated group of sailors with kids who have the skills to lead on the water. Practice skills, learn about skiff use, safety, coordination, single-handing, chop and currents. Kids can sail in Catalinas with parents or those with experience in own boat.
Why is Family Sailing Important? Fewer people sail because fewer families sail. Research from Nick Hayes' book Saving Sailing (Crickhollow Books, 2009) shows that when recreational sailing was at its peak in the late 1970s, 12 million people sailed actively, and it was predominantly a family thing. Like tent-camping, fishing or hunting (also all down in the same period), sailing was done in family groups 80% of the time, and almost 5% of Americans were active recreational sailors. It was something shared between grandparents, parents and children over long stretches. Incidentally, the children who grew up sailing this way make up almost 70% of the 2.6 million people who remain sailors today. But sailing as intergenerational activity has largely dried up; given way to sailing as a youth-sport (About 13% of today’s sailors are kids, but they leave sailing at adulthood, just as they would leave soccer or baseball.)
Sailing is a perfect family activity, and can last for lifetimes. We are going to show you how.”
It’s not expensive or inaccessible. We will offer convenient schedules, but you’ll have to commit to invest the time to be with your kids.
We will provide top-notch counseling along the way.
We will make sure you have everything you need -- boats, equipment, safety gear, even clothing.
We will make sure it is safe, clean, and lots of fun
These sails are for Trained Family Team members To join, please RSVP and check off Shadow Coordinator Trainee You will then need to Coordinate one sail to enjoy unlimited sailing
Please RSVP online to sail - no exceptions!
One Legal Parent/Guardian must accompany and sail with Family Child(ren) at all times
Guests OK - Please contribute $20/p, $40/max per family to support program
Come on time - we close the gates at designated start time so we can rig the boats
Check the weather
These are drop-in, first come first sail events, depending on Coordinator availability
Return to the dock as the wind dies or the sun touches Mt. Tam