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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).