March 31, 2012
Dear Grand Lake Yacht Club Members,
In anticipation of 2012 sailing season I am happy to introduce a new year of the Grand Lake Sailing School program. Summer seems like it is right around the corner with all the warm weather. (Maybe it already here???) It doesn’t take much to shift my focus from skis to sails so this year I’m already chomping at the bit to go sailing.
Last year we developed a new curriculum with the intent of developing a structure for how we teach our kids to sail. I’d encourage you to look this up on the GLYC web site if you have not done so already. I know you are all stakeholders in developing our sailing school and most of what we’ve done is on the backs of directors and instructors in previous years (Thank You!) and to the extent we can make our program better I want to hear from you. This year we are planning to add more practical content to the framework we developed last year – elaborating on what works in teaching kids in the program. We will also continue our efforts to make the program better. With a focus on providing more value to those who participate.
We will again review our Regatta Week competition as we approach beginning of summer and make announcements as to the York and Atlantic Cups. We look forward to a great summer of learning, camaraderie, and competition that the Sailing School brings each year.
Once again, we are proud to announce that this year we will again have our instructors devote their Fridays to working with the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) in the development and teaching of a disabled sailing program. Spearheaded by Kevin Cox, our instructors will be helping to bring the experience and exhilaration of sailing on Grand Lake to disabled participants from the NSCD.
Our goal at the Grand Lake Yacht Club Sailing School is to develop the skills that lead to a life-long love of sailing and sailboat racing, particularly sailing and racing on Grand Lake, in a safe, organized, fun environment. We encourage healthy competition and sportsmanship among your children as they learn and grow into competent sailors.
We look forward to seeing you and your sailors on the water. Good Sailing!
Grand Lake Sailing School Director