free. So many of us are here because someone gave us the opportunity and guidance to sail as youngsters. To see the wonder and joy on the faces of a new generation of sailors as they skipper their own boat for the first time truly warms the soul. "And by all accounts this year was a big success with three separate groups of youth sailors completing the program on the club's fleet of Sunfish. But there was one problem: The new sailors wanted more! "The August meeting at the club house found us discussing the success of the program and kicking around ideas for a next step for our new sailors when someone suggested inviting them to our Wednesday evening beer can races. The races are very low key and would provide a suitable number of adults to ensure that everyone was safe. The idea was quickly adopted, but we decided that the image of beer cans
wasn't appropriate for the younger set. It was then, in a sudden flash of brilliance, that we renamed the events "soda can races". "For our inaugural soda can race last night, the Fogiel brothers, Elliott, Benjamin, and Stephan, were at the dock before any one else to set up the Sunfish and their newly purchased El Toro. The wind was just a notch above calm, but the the blue sky and water separated by a strip of forest
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Kame Richards jumped in a Wabbit with Rodney and Aimee Daniel at the Intergalactics.
green outlining the bright colors of the sails created a post card view. I'm not sure who won the race, the rules being somewhat fuzzy, but it was obvious nobody lost."
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