Come sail away

PHOTO PROVIDED BY SUSAN SMITH Samantha Smith and Abigail Smith are twin sisters are in the intermediate program with the Englewood Sailing Association. ESA is offering summer sailing camps through the Englewood YMCA on 701 Medical Blvd. for ages 9-15. Camps run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June17-21 and July 22-26. For more information, call 941-475-1234 or 941-257-8192.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY SUSAN SMITH
Samantha Smith and Abigail Smith are twin sisters are in the intermediate program with the Englewood Sailing Association. ESA is offering summer sailing camps through the Englewood YMCA on 701 Medical Blvd. for ages 9-15. Camps run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June17-21 and July 22-26. For more information, call 941-475-1234 or 941-257-8192.

School’s almost out for summer and Englewood Sailing Association is preparing it’s summer sailing camps.

ESA has been offering camps through the Englewood YMCA for six years.

“We have such a great synergy with the Y,” said Hugh Moore, ESA president.

As a nonprofit organization, ESA relies on students and volunteers to cover operating costs.

“It’s very expensive, what we do,” Moore said. “Everyone in this organization puts their own money into this.”

Marcia Ziegler, membership director of the Englewood Y, said demand for the courses is often capped a week prior to the course.

“We cap at 18 usually,” Ziegler said. “We normally max out. We have to have a waiting list, usually 2-3 per session. It fills out during the summer. It’s been a wonderful partnership.”

Cost for the courses are $120 for non-Y members and $110 for members. The courses are a week long.

ESA offers four classes — “Intro to sailing (for ages 9-15),” “Intermediate,” “Diva (for women)” and “Snowbirds Sailing Camp.” The snowbirds course was added last year, according to Ziegler.

While spaces are often limited, ESA is also limited by resources.

“We have a physical limitation with our current facilities and number of boats,” Moore said. “We’re trying to find sponsors.”

As successful as the program is, Moore is most proud of what the sailing program does for the children.

“This is a legacy that we pass onto our kids,” Moore said. “The kids will be better prepared in life. ESA produces kids with character. They don’t just come back, we continue to develop their leadership skills. We will have kids go through the junior instructor program.”

Moore said there is a need for adult instructors as well.

“It’s very demanding,” Moore said. “We have to have qualified and committed people to operate and run our programs.” The camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17-21 and July 22-26 at Indian Mound Park in Englewood. The Englewood Y is located on 701 Medical Blvd., in Englewood. For more information call 941-475-1234 or 941-257-8192.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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