MYC Summer Sailing Program
The flutter of a sail on breezy day is the sound every youth sailor heard as they put their new sailing skills to the test out on the waters of Sasa Bay, Piti. The bay provided the perfect setting for 49 children, teens, and adults to learn how to sail this summer.
In an effort to introduce the sport of sailing to more individuals and to create a foundation for a strong youth sailing program, the Marianas Yacht Club offered five different week-long sailing classes this summer from June 13 to July 15. MYC recruited Louise Currie, a member of the University of Hawaii at Manoa sailing team, as course instructor, assisted by Corey Santos, UOG student and Guam sailor.
“These instructors were the key to our success this summer,” says MYC Commodore Cathleen Moore-Linn. “Louise and Corey are a great team. They are very knowledgeable, positive, and have a lot of energy. We ended up with a waiting list as each of our sessions filled to capacity.”
Children, teens and young adults all learned to sail within a matter of days. “I would say in each class we had about an 80% success rate and discovered some potential talent for future development.”
Talent includes Jeremy Del Castillo, Adam Cruz, Made Bradley, Brooks Chen, and among others. “We will regroup and plan the next series of youth sailing activities so we can continue to develop their sailing skills.”
Several of the participants who earned MYC sailing scholarships by submitting mini-essays about why they wanted to learn how to sail, wrote about their interest in traditional navigation. “As one of the main organizers of the summer sailing program, I can say that the response we received exceeded our expectations. We have never had this many youth interested in sailing and I believe this was inspired in part by the resurgence in traditional navigation and sailing skills which were prominently featured during FestPac.”
Several Boy Scouts earned their sailing merit badges and several other youth passed all the skills required to earn U.S. Sail level one sailor certification.
“Like any successful event, volunteers made this summer activity possible,” added Moore-Linn. “I want to publically thank George Johnson, Kelly Bruce, Belinda Baird, Julieanne Dean, Iain Redmond, Victor Torres, Peter Linn, and Jeff Bell for their time out on the water and for providing additional guidance and support.”