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YMCA Junior Sailing Camp has 22 participants

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Larkin Rae learns sailing at the YMCA Junior Camp.

This past week, 22 youth participated in the Middlesex Family YMCA Junior Sailing Camp hosted generously by the members of Fishing Bay Yacht Club (FBYC) in Deltaville. Of the 22, 16 were first-time sailors.

Throughout the week-long camp, participants balanced instructional sessions with practicums on the water.  Junior sailors developed a myriad of skill sets that included rigging and de-rigging of sailboats, windward and leeward sailing, trimming the sails, and recovering from capsized boats.

The highlight of the week involved FBYC members Brad Miller, Al Ailsworth and Dixon Cole escorting the junior sailors to the edge of the Chesapeake Bay on their 30-35 foot yachts. The children learned the similarities and differences between yachts and the smaller craft being utilized at Fishing Bay Yacht Club. 

“FBYC is such a tremendous resource for our young sailors, ranging from age 6 to 13.  It is gratifying to see so many local youth take interest in an activity that is prominent in our area.  Through the generosity of the FBYC membership and staff, our junior crew had a great time learning how to sail, making new friends, and sharing a memorable and unique experience that will last a lifetime,” said Buzz Lambert, YMCA director.

The collaboration between FBYC and the YMCA is a major initiative on the club’s behalf to provide an impactful outreach service to local youth. The club owns a number of small “one design” sailboats used for training and competition, including a fleet of 420’s, Optis and Lasers. 

In addition to the YMCA junior sailing camp, the Club hosted its own Junior Week in June. Additional Junior Race Team practices are held throughout the summer and the race team travels to regattas up and down the bay where its members are leading competitors. 

Lud Kimbrough, past commodore of FBYC, asserted that “junior sailors are the future of our sport. The confidence that builds from sailing one’s own boat is a foundation that pays benefits throughout life. We encourage everyone interested in the sport to talk to us about how they can stay involved and improve their skills, and we will continue to reach out and try to broaden community participation in the sport.”

posted 07.20.2011

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