Longshore Sailing School announces the opening of registration for the 2014 summer program. Highly qualified, US Sailing-certified instructors provide safe, fun learning in water-safety, sailing fundamentals, sailing performance and theory from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Longshore Sailing School is open to the public and is located at the entrance to the Saugatuck River in Westport.
Longshore Sailing School offers a progressive program of sailing instruction for juniors: children and young adults aged 8-16. This program is split between a core curriculum that provides a strong foundation in a variety of small sailboats, and more advanced one week specialty courses concentrating on performance and racing techniques in Lasers and catamarans. WaterBugs is a very popular introductory course for 8-9 year-olds.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) returns this year, with experienced instructors available Saturday mornings for a 1-hour guided tour of the inlets and islands of the Saugatuck River Mouth. The tour is free with a one hour paddleboard rental. Thirty minutes of free instruction is provided before the tour for those who are new to SUP-ing. Kayaking classes begin at age 8.
Connecticut Safe Boating Certification is offered for adults with a one day, 8-hour course recognized by the both Connecticut and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. For children and young adults, State Certification for Juniors is a 1-week, hands on course covering the same material. Individuals operating powerboats, personal water craft, and sailboats greater than 19.5 feet are required to carry a Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate.
Women’s sailing on weekday mornings in June and individualized private lessons are also available as well as weekend adult classes for people with different levels of experience in both dinghies and catamarans. For those who wish to take a refresher lesson or create their own schedule, Longshore Sailing School also offers private boat rentals for adults and junior sailors.
Tennis instruction is also available with schedules synchronized to allow aspiring-sailors and tennis-stars to split their summer between Longshore Sailing School and Westport Tennis Club. Four 2-week sessions are offered between June 23 and August 15.
For more information please call (203) 226-4646 or go to www.longshoresailingschool.com to register on-line.
About Longshore Sailing School (LSS)
The school traces its roots to 1960, when Longshore Club Park first opened. Westport’s Recreation Commission sponsored a public summer boating safety course for children, called Basic Boating. With over 2000 students a year on its fleet of over 100 sailboats and kayaks, LSS is the country’s largest public sailing program of its kind.
This article first appeared in The Hour.