We wish to thank Sally Lee Stewart, one of our latest adult students who was kind enough to write a wonderful letter which we submitted to Division of Boating and Waterways to aid our grant request for funding our upcoming season. Read her lovely letter below:
"I am 58 years old. Last summer I enrolled in a beginning sailing class with Sailing Education Adventures (SEA) and found the program, curriculum, instruction, and location all very satisfactory. The staff of instructors were able to support each individual according to their ability and previous experience. The dock, trawler and fleet, bay, were our classroom and the teachers always prepared for the days lesson. I have great memories of each class. I always went home exhausted and smiling. The fleet is impressive, as is the general resourcefulness of the program.
My favorite aspect of this program is the philosophy of providing access to an ancient and important skill. There is nothing like sailing. It is a meeting point for self and nature, for wind and sail, hull and water, and of our ancestors and us. This type of experiential learning empowers an individual to be confident, autonomous, and to problem solve. You need to be alert and pay attention to the wind direction, to gusts as they appear on the surface of the bay, and to traffic. You need to be present and disciplined. The founder, and community of individuals who make this school possible deserve steady, solid support, for it would be a major loss for the bay area to lose this precious school.
-Sally Lee Stewart
SEA student Summer of 2018"
Thank you Sally! It's because of students like you that we do what we do! We hope to welcome more students, both adult and youth, in the 2019 season!
This year will be the first year that we have filled sessions by the end of February/early March. While this is a excellent sign for the organization showing us that camp is as strong as ever and that we are growing and expanding our participation and reach from word of mouth and the the exciting experiences that kids receive, this means that those that wait until the last minute to register for camp will not be able.
Camp Open House is a perfect opportunity for campers who are unsure of whether or not they will like sailing, nervous if they will understand the concepts or scared of the boat size, to come and get a small taste of what sailing is all about. We pair prospective campers with experienced counselors so the camper knows they are in capable hands the whole time.
This year we have bumped up the Open House to be early enough that attendees can still have space to enroll in camp. April 20th will be filled with refreshments and BBQ on the patio of Marin Yacht Club which truly is an ideal place to observe all sorts of water activities that take place on the San Rafael.
Location: Marin Yacht Class
Time: 12pm 3p
If you would like to volunter for the event, we will need assistance launching boats an rigging
Registration for Basic/Intermediate Sail Camp is now open for enrollment! Mini Camp registrations dates will be forthcoming once summer tide schedule has been determined and coordinated with SEA's alternative programs in partnership with our community partners for SEA Stars and Bahia Vista Camps.
If you are ready to enroll in Basic/Intermediate Camps you can visit our website here and choose your dates. Be sure to enroll early as camp dates fill up quickly.
Basic/Intermediate Camp: Ages 11-16, 2 week sessions, Monday - Friday 9 am- 4pm with Graduation Ceremony and BBQ at the close.
Basic/Intermediate Session 1: June 17- 28
Basic/Intermediate Session 2: July 8-19
Basic/Intermediate Session 3: July 22-August 2
Basic/Intermediate Session 4: August 5- 16
Be sure to keep an eye out for the date for the upcoming Sail Camp Open House which will be held in April and will give prospective camp families a chance to become familiar with the camp location at Marin Yacht Club and our boats prior to camp. This years Open House will be held earlier in the year since camp sessions tend to fill up well before May.
Program: 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).
Time: 10am- 3pm
Cost: $270 for 5 dates, $370 for all 8 dates
Dates: Sundays (you choose which dates to attend)
Visit SEA's site to purchase Youth Spring Sailing Sail Cards.
Please contact Program Director Meghan Hartnett with any questions
Our Annual membership meeting is has been rescheduled for February 10th from 4 pm- 6 pm at Loch Lomond Yacht Club. We will come together to hear the annual report of the organization and to meet new members and develop new sailing opportunities. We would love for you to join us as we celebrate the New Year and get excited for the upcoming sailing season in 2019!
We have some new members to welcome so please come on down to welcome new members and meet with existing friends for an Open Sail earlier in the day from 10:30 am- 3:30 pm with the Annual Meeting starting in the clubhouse at 4pm with snacks provided and drinks available for purchase from the club bar.
Questions? Contact us!
Join us for two action-packed days on the water where we will practice sailing technique and examine some of the finer points of sail trim, weight balance and boat kinetics, sailing a marked course (windward/leeward and triangle courses) and capsize recovery, taught on Picos, Zests and Quba. This is a great opportunity to refine your small boat sailing skills and learn a new talent or two.
Location: Loch Lomond Marina
Prerequisites: Completion of Intro to Sailing or permission from instructor.
Days: September 16 & 23
Boats: Picos and Quests
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