GRSC to offer Family Sailing Program

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:29 PM

The Grand River Sailing Club recently announced the launch of its Family Sailing Program.

Building on the popularity of its WINCHES women’s sailing initiative, GRSC’s Family Sailing Program will place emphasis on sailing fundamentals, water safety and the importance of every member of the family having the confidence and knowledge to be a crewmember on a sailing excursion.

The program kicks off on June 3 with three 90-minute workshops in an interactive classroom setting at the GRSC clubhouse.

Topics will include basics of water safety and wind, boat control and sailing skills and will be taught by veteran GRSC sailors.

Once families complete the classroom workshops, they will join GRSC members on Lake Michigan during the Monday night “lite” racing to earn the fundamentals of boat handling.

“We are excited to offer this Family Sailing Program as an affordable and fun activity families can do together,” said Ryan Cook, GRSC’s Youth Sailing Program Chair. “Our diverse membership is very supportive of this program and are thrilled to share their boats and sailing experiences to the families that get involved through this new program.”

Families and children over the age of 8 will be eligible to participate. Boat ownership is not required, and cost is $125 per family, which includes a one-year membership to the Grand River Sailing Club. Space is limited, and registration ends on May 20.

Participating families will be invited to club social activities and sailing events throughout the summer.

For more information, contact Cook at 616-490-5120 or at cookry@gmail.com.

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