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Englewood Sailing Association Celebrates 10 Years By Lynn Paul


n March 31, the Englewood Sailing Association in Englewood, FL, celebrated 10 years of youth and adult sailing camps. Warren Spear, founder and first president of the ESA, had a vision to give all interested youngsters the opportunity to learn to sail. He engaged the local community by asking for donations and sold advertising on the sails. The Walker Bay company donated the boats. The YMCA registers and insures the ESA. Current ESA President Hugh Moore followed Warren Spear as head of the association. In 2006, From left to right (adults) are Hugh Moore, Sarasota County Commissioners Christine Robinson Moore expanded the number of and Shannon Staub, Chamber of Commerce (for Englewood and Cape Haze) President M. Smith sailing camps and had all the and ESA founder Warren Spear. Photo by Lynn Paul. instructors certified as US SAILING Level 1 instructors. One fea- Young sailors prepare boats for sailing at the new Picos. The ESA intertwines ture that is special about the pro- Englewood Sailing Association. Approximately 700 games and activities to promote grams is that moms and dads and sailors have learned to sail at the ESA, which recently self-confidence and the importance their children may be taking the celebrated its 10th anniversary. Photo by Lynn Paul. of teamwork while making new course at the same time, said Joy friends. This year, the Charlotte Purcell, a 2011 graduate. Harbor Environmental Center Approximately 700 sailors takes the sailors exploring the local have learned to sail at the ESA. The sea beds for the tiny life found in Day Sail Divas sail Sunfish and are their nets. Called the Sea Grass also on staff. Introduction-toAdventure Wading trips, they sailing camps are held three times a teach how to be good stewards of year on consecutive Saturdays for the land and water. four weeks. The youngsters, ages 9 Since 2002, a member’s property to 15, then move on to year-around was home to trailers and boats, and sailing and racing. Four teens commembers would go get the boats pleted the ESA junior instructor and trailer them over to Indian program. Instructor Michael Canino Mound Park on Lemon Bay in helps put the new kids at ease while Englewood when activities were teaching them skills in sailing. He on. But in 2011, the Sarasota has been in the program for five years and travels from County Board of Commissioners granted a permanent Myakka City. home for the ESA at the park, giving them permission to Young sailors learn the basic vocabulary of sailing, navfence in a section for their use. ESA built the racks, hired the igation, wind awareness, and how to rig a Walker Bay, or the fencing company and had a waterline extended at no cost to the county. John Newman, an instructor, says that safety is a prime concern, since there is no fun when someone gets hurt. While not only emphasizing how not to get hit on the head with the boom, Newman explains why wearing your PFD, MY applying sunscreen, and wearing closed-toed shoes is important. Lemon Bay in Englewood is a part of the ICW and WINDS divides the barrier islands from the mainland. On a weekRiveting, inspirational memoir from end, powerboats can make the ICW look like I-75. The safeastronomer, teacher, traveler, sailor ty boat crew keeps everyone away from the ICW and keeps an eye on the sailors, while also coaching the basics of boat— James A. Hooks ing and sailing, and warning of an obstruction—which Hard Cover/Quality Paperback/eBook could be a manatee. ON SALE NOW AT For more on the ESA, go to

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