At the end of the summer what seems to come out of the planning of every program is a curriculum to keep the kids engaged. Some kids come from "sailing families" and are expected to reach a certain level of racing proficiency in an Opti. Some kids are being bussed in from the inner city where they have never seen the ocean before. The struggle of many community sailing centers is to support a competitive program for the few kids who naturally enjoy racing while keeping the other majority of kids engaged on the water in "messing around in boats".
If you're a program director or active in supporting junior sailing, these are some people that may shed light on what it takes.
Drew Carlson, Director at Stage Harbor Yacht Club
Directors from the newly sanctioned Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Foundation: