Sail Orcas had a full year

The following was submitted by the Orcas Island Yacht Club.

It has been a very busy year for Sail Orcas.

Sixteen students in the fall Middle School Exploratory Sailing Class finished up their last session on Oct. 31 and the boats are now put away for the winter.

The class was taught by Annalies Schuh with assistance from Bob Brunius and Middle School Teacher Lori Oaks. Sail Orcas and host Orcas Island Yacht Club have been teaching this class for more than 10 years.

“What a great opportunity for island students to get introduced to the lifelong sport of sailing,” say organizers.

The summer junior sailing lessons were busy again this year, with many young sailors becoming the captain of their own pram for the first time. Sail Orcas employed three full-time instructors for the classes this past summer: Annalies, Jules Mann and Cameron Schuh.

The middle school sailing team had a busy spring season, practicing three days a week and traveling to nine weekend regattas. The highlights included winning both the Anacortes  and Bellingham Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association regional events. The team graduated 10 sailors this past June, so organizers are looking forward to the underclassmen stepping into the varsity role for 2014.

The Cal 20s keelboats sailed the waters of West Sound all summer, with many Sail Orcas members taking advantage of what was one of the best summers for wind and sun. Chris White, Mark Srnaulders and other adult volunteers taught their love of sailing. Funds generated by the adult program help support all Sail Orcas Youth Programs.


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