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March 2017

Dear Member,

The snow is melting and we are looking forward to the summer sailing season!  We are planning our program schedule for 2017 which will continue to focus on safety and skill building with an emphasis on everyday water fun. 

This year, we are offering three different groups, with sailors ages 8 to 15 invited to participate.  Opti 1 is for beginners with no prior sailing experience who will learn the fundamentals of sailing, including rigging and boat maintenance, as well as basic sailing skills. Opti 2 is for more advanced sailors who will build on their prior sailing experience to strengthen sailing techniques and begin to develop racing skills.  The Opti 1 and 2 programs will be held in the morning from 8:30 to 11:30. Opti 3 and 4 and pixels will be in the afternoon 12:30-3:30. 

The sailing program is five weeks of instruction, 4 days a week (Monday thru Thursday), plus Friday Fun Day for all sailors 10am -12noon.  Sailng start dates is  Monday, June 19th  through Thursday, July 28th.   The additional sixth week is for sailors who will miss days due to other camps & vacation.  If your sailor is available all six weeks and signs up for the five week session, they can attend all six weeks with no extra charge.

Fun events this year will include an ice cream jaunt to Brendan’s 101, Crazy Costume day, a beach breakfast party, Pirate’s Day, and beach games like capture the flag (held on days when the weather is not cooperating). During the season, we also plan to hold three friendly Opti regattas with neighboring clubs – a great way to improve your skills, have fun on LIS and meet other local sailors. 

This year's Head Sailing Instructor is Rosin Burke, who is returning for her third summer at Tokeneke.  One of our Assistant Instructors will be Maddie Keane who is returning for her second season at Tokeneke.  We are in the process of hiring the third assistant sailing instructor.   Rosin and Maddie are very excited to be instructors at Tokeneke and cannot wait for this summer season!

Opti 1: All first-time sailors, regardless of age, will start in the Opti 1 program.  The fundamentals of sailing will be taught:  how to rig and launch a boat, points of sail, proper boat handling, etc.

Opti 2: This program is for sailors with a year or more experience who are ready to sail alone.  Sailors will develop the ability to rig and launch the boat without any instructor assistance, will strengthen sailing skills, and improve boat handling.

5 Week Programs only (Bonus 6th week available) - $900

Happy Tacking,
Susan Massey