Make this the summer you learn to sail

Published on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 by Tara Nelson

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You have to start somewhere if you want to bring home the America’s Cup. Just ask Ted Turner the next time you see him.

Those interested in learning to sail will want to take advantage of the Northwest Park And Recreation District 2’s sail training program.

The program, is co-sponsored by Drayton Harbor Maritime group, Blaine Harbor and West Marine Express, and is certified by the U.S. Sailing Association and is open to individuals aged 11 and older including adults of all ages.

Program director Ron Snyder said they have additional boats this year and he expects a good turnout because of the long-range weather forecast.

“The weather is going to be beautiful and our goal is to have fun and be safe,” he said. “If you can sail a dinghy you can sail anything. It’s like going from a Volkswagen to a Cadillac, it’s just a matter of learning how to drive.”

Participants meet four hours each day for a week-long class during July and conduct sailing exercises around “Monkey Island” sailing area just west of gate 3 at Blaine Harbor.

Each student will be loaned a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket, sailing text and shorty wet suit and must pass a swim test before training.

Cost is $75 per person and includes training and pool fees. Limited scholarships are also available for youth in need.

For more information call 360/332-8082, or to register, call 360/656-6416 or visit their website at