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July 16, 2019 Weekly Update

I hope everyone is spending as much time on the water as possible.  It is a great way to beat the heat.  EGYC sailing camps are going full blast and Ethan is taking advantage of all of them.  Jackson is still Opti sailing in NJ and getting some practice starting in big fleets. In the picture, he can be seen with a white sail.  Ben sailed at a BIC regatta in WI and despite sailing with a cough and fever, finished in 4th place!

The plans are in place for this fall and the program is taking big steps. Connor will return as head 420 coach and Sailing Director.  Page will also continue to coach the 420s.  We are fortunate to add Peter Collins to the coaching staff as the head BIC coach.  He has a true passion for teaching sailing and brings a wealth of experience and ideas.  He has been running the sailing classes and camps at MYC and EGYC this summer and has identified a number of good candidates for SCS.  In addition, we are getting inquiries from people with sailing experience that are new to the area.  With the new sailors, we are forecasting about 150% growth in the size of the program.  With the larger numbers and broader distribution of abilities, we plan to offer programs for less experienced sailors on Saturday morning and for more experienced sailors on Saturday afternoons.  SCS will continue to attend the regattas as we have in the past but with the larger group and the same traveling resources, we will need to select the sailors for the regattas, probably through a sail-off prior to the individual regatta.  We are also looking at having weekday programs for home schooled students that have more flexibility in their schedules. The cost will be $450/semester.  An organization/orientation meeting will be held on the morning of August 10 and start practice on August 17.  More details and the registration forms will be sent later in the week but if you plan to sail, please let me know via return email (pspletter@cfl.rr.com) so that we can refine our plans.

Also, if you or anyone you know wants to learn to sail, there is a class starting at MYC this Saturday July 20.  The class is aimed more at adults than young children but HS aged students would be a good fit.  The class will be run by Coach Pete.  For further information, see mycsailinged.com or contact Rob Downey (downeystudios@cfl.rr.com), 321-794-2191.

Stay tuned!