Marco Sailing Center goes full sail at open house

Dean Heard/Submitted photoThe Marco Island Community Sailing Center treated the island to an open house on Saturday. On display were three types of sailboats, used for teaching purposes and the overall property near the Marco Island Yacht Club.

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The Marco Island Community Sailing Center treated the island to an open house on Saturday. On display were three types of sailboats, used for teaching purposes and the overall property near the Marco Island Yacht Club.


Dean Heard/Submitted photoYoung sailors with boating experience demonstrated how to use the 13 Optis, 6 420s and 2 Laser sailboats at the Marco Island Community Sailing Center open house on Saturday.

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Dean Heard/Submitted photo
Young sailors with boating experience demonstrated how to use the 13 Optis, 6 420s and 2 Laser sailboats at the Marco Island Community Sailing Center open house on Saturday.


Dean Heard/Submitted photoThe six 420 sailboats were on display at the Marco Island Community Sailing Center for its open house on Saturday.

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Dean Heard/Submitted photo
The six 420 sailboats were on display at the Marco Island Community Sailing Center for its open house on Saturday.


The Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC) was in full sail on Saturday for an open house along the Marco River in front of the Marco Yacht Club.

Not only were the sailboats and center itself on view, experienced young sailors demonstrated how to put the boats through their paces with guests aboard trying their hands at sailing.

Available were 13 Optis, 6 420s and 2 new Laser boats. The Optis, a one-person, 8-foot boat is the international standard for teaching youth sailing, Rocky Cale, MICSC president said.

The Lasers have 14-foot hulls, with the ability to have three different size sails, set up for an individual’s weight or sailing ability, to teach more advanced sailing, Cale said.

The Lasers are the Olympic competition boats. The 420s are two-person, 14-foot sailboats.

The city’s Parks Recreation Department first provided the Marco Island City Kids Youth Sailing program in 2003. The Marco Island Sailing Center continues the one-week summer program, which serves as a feeder to the two four-week summer sessions to provide beginner, intermediate and advanced instruction. The Sailing Center Board looks to advance the sailing program to include high school and adult sailing teams, capable of competing in regattas.

For more information, contact Mindy Gordon, Parks Recreation supervisor, 642-0575, or Rocky Cale, 642-1825.


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