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Through its close relationship with Sail Orcas, the Orcas Island Yacht Club continues its tradition of supporting youth sailing activities. This OIYC-sponsored program has been a tremendous success over the years. With attendance of over 100 students per summer, it has become one of the largest youth activities on the Island. Summer sessions are offered for children between 7 and 15 years of age, beginning at the end of June and running through the second week of August. All instruction is based on the U.S. Sailing Program for small boats and dinghies and employs U.S. sailing-certified instructors.
Many of the young people who are introduced to sailing via the Jr. Sailing Program go on to race competitively with the Sail Orcas club team of Orcas High School. This program has practice sessions three times a week on West Sound and participates in numerous regattas throughout the season. The team is blessed with great local talent, a fantastic coach, and a spectacular venue.
The 2007 merger of the Junior Sailing Program and the Sail Orcas Foundation combined the resources of the two community Foundations and reduced expenses. The mission to introduce young people to sailing remains the same. As before, the volunteers that make this worthy endeavor possible are dependant upon the continued support and good will of the community and particularly of the Yacht Club and its West Sound facilities. The Yacht Club has been very supportive of the activities of Sail Orcas. We have made available the Club's docks and picnic shelter for the important work they do. Many of our Yacht Club members have contributed time, energy, and resources to help Sail Orcas achieve its remarkable results. There is much work to be done going forward and willing volunteers are greatly appreciated. If you would like to help the cause, please contact Burke Thomas (376-2926).
I-5 Boat Show February 5th
Board of Trustees Meeting February 8th
Members Meeting: February 12th
Skippers' Lunch February 17th
Shaw Island Winter Classic March 12th
Board of Trustees Meeting March 12th
Skippers' Lunch April 9th
Board of Trustees Meeting April 9th
Skippers' Lunch April 28th
OIYC Spring Regatta May 6th
Opening Day Race, Parade and Picnic May 14th
Board of Trustees Meeting May 14th
Skippers' Lunch June 23rd
Race Around Orcas August 25th
OIYCTER Articles are Due September 10th
Board of Trustees Meeting October 8th
Board of Trustees Meeting November 12th
Board of Trustees Meeting December 10th
Boar of Trustees Meeting December 20th
OIYCTER Articles are Due