Summer Camp was awesome! We had three sessions and 103 campers enjoying the wind and water and improving their sailing skills.
One highlight was the Feva Sailing Camp’s Adventure Sail to San Francisco guided by ACSC Lead Instructor, Casey Tolan:
“We could not have had a better day to sail to San Francisco with the Fevas. With the tide going out as we were sailing to the Bay Bridge, the tide coming back in going home, and just the right amount of breeze, it was a perfect day! We towed out and anchored for lunch right off the tip of Alameda and once done, the campers were off sailing to the Bay Bridge. Those boats are fast, and having done this sail before with FJ's, I was expecting this to be an all-day sail, but they got there at 1pm! With time to spare, the sailors wanted to capsize and sit on their boats to say 'I capsized and sat under the Bay Bridge!' Next, we hooked up for a tow and set off for Alcatraz for a long downwind sail. With the wind picking up, I decided, for safety, that staying next to the city front was best and Pier 39 was a good place to unhook and start our downwind sail back.
I don't take many of my classes to the Bay Bridge and going to Pier 39 was the farthest I have taken a class. I had full confidence in my sailors as their skills and attitudes showed that they were capable of doing this sail. They knew what to look out for; not only ferry boats, container ships, and other vessels around, but more importantly, they were aware of each other and of me and they listened for important whistles. If someone capsizes they know to come back, stay close, and stick together. Knowing their skill level and having trust in my sailors was important when going out. For some this was the farthest they’d gone, and was a new place to sail. The Feva sailors knew the importance of staying together in a new environment they are not familiar with and they did a fantastic job. We could not have asked for a better day to go out. For them to have this experience and make this accomplishment was amazing!”
We hope you’re hanging in there during this challenging time. We are eagerly awaiting sailing with you this summer!
In accordance with local and national health department directives, we’re in a holding pattern until it’s safe to resume normal programming. Until then, you may still register for camps and courses, but they’ll be processed as “wait list” registrations so that payments are not processed until we know it’s okay to start sailing again. Once we get the green light, we’ll let you know to complete registration and payment.
If you have any questions at all, we’re here for you! Please email ProgramDirector@SailAlameda.org or call (510)629-9282 with any questions or concerns.
-The ACSC Team