SIGHTINGS youth sailing — continued you'll see a wide variety of programs for kids from 8 to 18, many of which operate year-round. And, no, you do not have to supply your own boat, except in a few special programs. Typical youth programs include both classroom instruction and hands-on, on-the-water training. Check out a typical group of gradeschoolers sailing El Toros or Optis in a junior program and you'll soon realize that they're not only getting exercise and fresh air, but by taking 'command' of a vessel — albeit tiny — on their own, they are subtly building self-confidence and achieving a sense of accomplishment; traits that will, of course, serve them well in many other aspects of their young lives. Did we mention that sailing is fun? Yup, good, clean, outdoor fun. You can't do much better than that when it comes to positive parenting. Some summer programs have already gotten underway, though, so don't delay in finding an offering that's right for your kid. Who knows? By doing so you may initiate a healthy, lifelong passion. — andy
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celebrate summer The last days of spring, Father's Day weekend, and Summer Sailstice — pick any or all of the above as the perfect excuse to get the boat out on June 18-19. Summer Sailstice is a global celebration of sailing on the weekend closest to the summer solstice (even sailors in the Southern Hemisphere have signed up to participate). Here in the Bay Area, opportunities abound. Whether you already have your own boat or are merely curious about sailing, there's something for you. The volunteers at SailSFBay.org have gathered together a collection of local events that range from club open houses, sailboat rides, raft-ups, cruise-ins, races,
The June 2016 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.