Junior Sailing Welcome Letter

Welcome Sailors,

The winter of 2014 was probably one of the longest, coldest winter many of us can remember. However, the first day of spring, March 20th, is quickly upon us and the Junior sailing program is busy preparing for yet another sailing season. Stony Lake has a long standing tradition of not only running a fun and professional Junior sailing program in a cottage setting, but producing some top instructors and world class sailors. It is that special combination of a cottage environment coupled with the commitment and enthusiasm of volunteers, instructors and students that allow us to achieve this and to continue to grow as a club.

The junior sailing program registration at its peak saw 106 kids descend on the yacht club for a day of lessons from beginners to advanced racers. We expect this summer to have a similar number of sailors and are ready for another great sailing season.

In the spirit of continuous improvement we have added a July "Wet Feet" program, a CanSail 1&2 morning session for those enrolled in Little Aces and Junior drills for tennis (limited enrolment), added a one month Level 1 Racing program for CanSail 5 and  an Adult learn to sail program. We will also be looking at introducing racing at a younger age as part of our mentoring program. All of these were initiated by feedback from our students, parents and instructors, so keep those ideas coming!

Our Instructor Team for 2013 has 11 returning instructors and 2 new instructors. Together they represent 23 years of instructing experience.

Head Instructor: Madeline Mackenzie - returning for her fourth summer as an SLYC instructor.

Head Race Coach: Blair Mackenzie

Race Coach: Nathan Glas

Instructors: Alex Gillespie, Thomas Heine, Molly Mackenzie, Scott McFarland, Ben Pirie, Brett Somerville, Leah Somerville, Graeme Strathdee, Luka Ryder-Bunting and Robin Moffatt.

Sailing will begin June 30th, 2014. For an outline of the schedule, please see page 5 of the 2014 Junior sailing parents package below.

We encourage all our junior sailors to participate in the weekend racing and to bring out their parents as well.

If you have any suggestions or concerns please contact me at jjsomer@hotmail.com. If you have questions on the sailing sessions or CanSail levels please contact Madeline directly at madeline.n.mackenzie@gmail.com 

Looking forward to a great summer on the water.

Jeff Somerville

Director of Junior Sailing