by Julia Soes
Those who think that watching sailboat racing is boring haven’t been at a high school regatta when the wind is up. As a coach, few things register panic like the sound of a crowd looking out at the water and going “Ohhhh, ouch, aaah!” while your team is out racing. After a challenging season for the Orcas Sailing Team, they were ready for the blustery conditions they faced at the Seafarers Regatta, and didn’t add to the crowd’s excitement as boats capsized and dismasted around them. ...more
Sail Orcas Summer Classes will be starting the second week of June. We offer Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Classes along with our Fun on the Water program for the little folks as well as Women’s Learn to Sail, Thursdays with Ryan, High School Practice, Community Laser Nights, and a Marine Science and Sailing Class. We have something for everyone.
This summer, we’re excited to welcome back our headcoach Julia Soes and Dominick Wareham as our assistant instructor and summer race coach. Our junior instructor from last summer, Moose Kinsey will also be returning as a full-time instructor.
Sail Orcas is using the Ultracamp online registration system. You will first need to create an account before you can use the system. Then you can register yourself or your child into a class.
This volunteer, nonprofit foundation exists to share the joy of sailing with both youth and adults by providing high-quality instruction and affordable access to boats and facilities. Sail Orcas strives to teach this lifetime sport by promoting safe boat handling, teamwork, sportsmanship, camaraderie and marine stewardship.
Through its close relationship with Sail Orcas, the Orcas Island Yacht Club continues its tradition of supporting youth sailing activities. This OIYC-sponsored program has been a tremendous success over the years. With attendance of over 100 students per summer, it has become one of the largest youth activities on the Island. Summer sessions are offered for children between 5 and 15 years of age, beginning at the end of June and running through the end of August. All instruction is based on the U.S. Sailing Program for small boats and dinghies and employs U.S. Sailing certified instructors.
As before, the volunteers that make this worthy endeavor possible are dependent upon the continued support and good will of the community and particularly of the Yacht Club and its West Sound facilities. Summer sessions are offered for children 7-15 years of age in the OIYC Junior Lessons Program, beginning at the end of June and running through the second week of August. All instruction is based on the U.S. Sailing Program for small boats and dinghies, and employs U.S. Sailing Certified Instructors.
During spring and fall quarters, sessions are offered for Middle School students in the OIYC Middle School Exploratory Sailing Lessons. Many of the young people who are introduced to sailing via the OIYC Junior Lessons Program and OIYC Middle School Exploratory Sailing Lessons, go on to race competitively with the Sail Orcas club team of Orcas High School. These programs have practice sessions two to four times a week on West Sound and participate in numerous regattas throughout the season. The team is blessed with great local talent, a fantastic coach, and a spectacular venue.
Adult Sailing Lessons are offered spring through fall. OIYC has made available the Club’s docks and Picnic Shelter and has constructed a storage facility for the youth sailing equipment. Many of our Yacht Club members have contributed time, energy, and resources to help Sail Orcas achieve its remarkable results. There is much work to be done going forward and willing volunteers are greatly appreciated. If you would like to help the cause, please contact Burke Thomas (360) 376-2926.