If you’re trying to decide what’s the best way to get your children learning and having fun on the water this summer, look no further than the Youth Sailing Open House on March 28th at Mt. Baker Sailing and Rowing Center at Stan Sayres Park. The event is completely free to families and will provide a full rundown on all the youth sailing and boating options available this summer.
Fortunately for Puget Sound area residents, we live in a boating paradise with an abundance of programs and opportunities for kids to learn how to mess about in sailboats. From local after-school programs to day camps to multi-week voyages to Desolation Sound, on boats as small as eight feet and as large as 133 feet, the options are endless. Windsurfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and rowing are also offered by some groups.
To help parents and kids learn about the variety of options available, a group of 19 of Puget Sound’s leading sailing organizations have teamed up and are holding a Youth Sailing Open House. Parents and kids will be able to talk with camp and club organizers and instructors and choose the best programs that suit their family, budget and calendars. Programs are available for children as young as four years old all the way through high school.
The half-day event is free and will also include fun land activities (knot tying, sailboat origami, face painting, burgee decorating and a spin-to win board) and on-water activities (sailing demos and free sailboat rides) and a free BBQ lunch.
It’s no secret that getting into sailing — or any other type of boating for that matter — will lead to lifetime of enjoyment on the water. And besides the fun factor, there are hidden benefits that will be etched into a young sailor for the rest of their life. An increased sense of self-confidence and -reliance; teamwork and leadership skills; and it’s an activity that your child can share with other children who love being on the water. All that and, they’ll soon be better at tying knots and trimming sails than you are.
For more information on the Youth Sailing Open House at Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, visit http://www.nwyouthsailing.org/youth-sailing-open-house.html and keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/YouthSailingOpenHouse for the latest news.
The list of participating programs includes:
Beach Camp at Sunset Bay: http://www.sunsetbaywharf.com/Pages/beachcamp.aspx
Center for Wooden Boats: http://cwb.org
Corinthian Yacht Club: http://www.cycseattle.org
Green Lake Small Craft Center: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/boats/grnlake.htm
Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club: http://www.mbycwa.org
Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing: http://mbrsc.com
Northwest Outward Bound School: http://www.nwobs.org/
Port Madison Yacht Club: http://www.portmadisonyc.org
Queen City Yacht Club: http://www.queencity.org
Renton Sailing Club: http://www.rentonsailing.org
Sail Sand Point: www.sailsandpoint.org
Schooner Zodiac: http://www.schoonerzodiac.com/
Sea Scouts – Puget Sound: http://www.seattlebsa.org/Main-Website-Content/Sea-Scouts
Sound Experience/Adventuress: http://www.soundexp.org
South Whidbey Yacht Club: http://swyachtclub.org/
The Sailing Foundation: http://www.thesailingfoundation.org/
SSS Yankee Clipper : http://yankeeclipperseascouts.wordpress.com/
Tacoma Yacht Club: http://www.tacomayachtclub.org/
YMCA Camp Orkila: http://www.seattleymca.org/Locations/Orkila/Pages/Home.aspx
When: Saturday, March 28, 2015. Rain or shine.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, 3800 Lake Washington Boulevard, Seattle 98118
Located on Lake Washington Boulevard at Stan Sayres Park, mid-way between Seward Park and the I-90 floating bridge.