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Atlantic, Lewis host sailing camp in Vessigny

Atlantic Sport Ambassador and Olympic sailor, Andrew Lewis was seven years old when his father sent him to his first sailing camp, where he developed a passion for the sport. 


Since then the student has become the teacher, as he has hosted hundreds of children at various sailing camps across the country, including most recently, a five-day camp for the children of Atlantic’s employees. 


“I had the opportunity, at a very young age, to be exposed to sailing, and that was the beginning of my passion for the sport. Hopefully, through these camps, I can be the start of a new sailing journey for someone else”, Lewis said. 


The sailing camp, which was held at the Vessigny Beach Facility, attracted children between the ages of 8-15, and was part of Lewis’ ongoing series of sailing camps for young children in both Trinidad and Tobago. He has hosted sessions at Guapo Beach, Vessigny, Chaguaramas, and Pigeon Point in Tobago, and received recognition from the Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company for his work with children, when he was named Community Coach for 2012 at the annual Spirit of Sports Awards. 


As a former high performance coach in the sport of sailing, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with young sailing enthusiasts across the country and strengthening national interest in the sport. 


Through this initiative, children learn more about boat safety, tying knots and preparing boats for water, culminating with the young sailors being able to navigate their own boats on the water. 


“The way Andrew explained things, sailing became simple and enjoyable, and it is definitely something I would like to continue”, said 15 year old Kyron Smart, one of the participants in the sailing camp at Vessigny. 


Lewis said not only was sailing fun, but the sport taught various lessons which children can apply to everyday life. 


“Sailing demands discipline and really demands that you be alert, learn to be independent and confident in your abilities as a sailor. You also have a responsibility to maintaining your boat, and this helps to foster greater accountability among the kids”, he explained. 


Lewis is currently participating in the CORK Olympic Class Regatta in Canada, which is another step in his preparation for the 2013 Laser World Championships which will be held in Oman in November. 

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Sailing through Pinball, Pinball through Sailing

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Bally’s White Sails dates to 1939 and will be on display as part of the Pacific Pinball’s Sailing Through Pinball art exhibition.

Finally both pinball and sailing enthusiasts have something they can agree on. The new exhibtion of pinball art at the Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) opening Aug. 30 titled Sailing through Pinball creates common ground for hobbyists and the general public alike.

The show features some eye-popping graphics and informative narratives compiled by show curator, Bay Area public artist and PPM board member Dan Fontes.

One of the more popular, yet relatively unrecognized, themes that recurs in pinball art is sailing, yachting and racing boats. The PPM has culled its collection to feature games, backglasses and ephemera with this theme.

This exhibition of sailing-related pinball art includes nine pinball machines, six backglasses and more than 30 photographs of pinball art and advertising with commentary. “We are incredibly fortunate to be able to put together this rare collection of art with actual games from the early years of pinball,” said Fontes. “Many collectors have come together to make this show possible.” The show offers historical, aesthetic and informative narrative with input from noted solo sailor with ties to Alameda’s Svendsen’s Boat Works, Bruce Schwab.

The museum houses most of its collection in a hangar across the road from America’s Cup team Artemis’ headquarters. After seeing the team practice during the year, PPM staff personally felt the loss of Artemis teammate Andrew “Bart” Simpson. The tragedy inspired the show to highlight the sport of sailboat racing. “The PPM wants to support the America’s Cup Race, promote Alameda and our museum,” said PPM Executive Director Michael Schiess. “This show, sprung from a tragic event, brings the fun, beauty and skill of sailing to the forefront in tribute to the America’s Cup competitors.”

PPM is located at 1510 Webster St. Sailing through Pinball is on display during regular museum hours: Tuesdays through Thursdays, 2 to 9 p.m.; Fridays, 2 p.m. to midnight;- Saturdays, 11 a.m. to midnight and Sundays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information on Sailing through Pinball or the PPM, visit

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