Education access are two key components of what we provide here at CofC Sailing.
Summer camps for kids were almost completely booked this year. We spread kids out with indoor and outdoor classroom space to maximize distancing while not on the water. Temporary tents set up each day and lots of swimming during breaks kept kids fresh cool when at the center. Feedback was phenomenal and we couldn’t have been prouder of our team. We had 8 volunteers helping throughout the summer and 5 paid instructors. Teaching on the J-22’s allows for a wonderful hands on experience for youth sailors of a wide range skill and ages.
Adult classes were also popular in the spring and early summer and this fall’s PE courses filled up in the second half of the semester. Next semester is filling up quickly as well. I’ll note that this course is no gimme. I helped correct finals last semester really was challenged by some of the questions on their exams. It’s a class we have been teaching for over 40 years and it’s never been an easy A.
Joel Bays our director of community outreach has led a strong charge to increase memberships by reaching out to former members and folks that have taken our adult and youth courses in the past few years. He’s been booking check rides and private lessons all summer and throughout the fall and has built up our base. Even at over 100 members it’s rare that all our J-22’s are out so if you or friends in the Charleston area would like to get more time on the water please let us know. This is a great way to support our program while enjoying the beauty of the Charleston Harbor.
Outside of the normal programs we have a few interesting things happening in the coming year. We are set to host the National Hospice Alliance Championship Regatta early in June which is attended by the winners of regional Hospice events. These sailors are not only talented but dedicated to a great cause. This event is kind of a thank you to them for their dedication and Charleston was chosen as a treat for the teams to enjoy. This year we are working more closely with the regional Hospice organization to have a fundraiser at this event but also to develop plans for a local Hospice regatta, something we don’t currently have.