Sailing school offers youth classes

On June 11, the Saint Croix Sailing School begins its fourth year of youth sailing on the St. Croix River. With three successful years and a total of more than 300 students learning to sail on the bay by downtown Hudson, the school operates from June 11 through August 17. Sailing classes are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The non-profit sailing program again offers introductory, intermediate and advanced sailing instruction for youths in east metro Minnesota and western Wisconsin areas. From June 25 through July 6, the Saint Croix Sailing School also offers a sailboat racing clinic. In addition, the school again provides sailing instruction for adults.

Focused primarily on youths ages 6 or 7 years through high school, the SCSS program operates with the belief that sailing has unique developmental opportunities for young people. Besides the fun of learning to sail while developing life-long sailing and racing skills, the sport builds character through an emphasis on self-reliance, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Safety and affordable access continue to be priorities for the SCSS. Life jackets are required and all instructors and staff will follow U.S. Sailing curriculum as well as complete Red Cross First Aid/CPR training. The waterfront director staffs shore facilities and monitors weather radar during classes.

Class fees are kept as low as possible since boats and equipment are paid for through donations. Sailing scholarships are provided for anyone requiring financial aid.

Three of the best youth training and racing sailboats are used in the SCSS programs. The 8-foot Optimist Dinghy is used to teach sailing to kids worldwide. The 14-foot Club 420 is also used worldwide as a junior trainer and a boat of choice for junior sailors through high school and college. The Laser is the most popular sailboat used by young athletes for instruction and racing at every level. Laser sailors must furnish their own boats that can be stored at the SCSS facilities. The school will also sponsor Laser racing on Thursday evenings with competitors providing their own boats.

For complete information and registration, visit the SCSS website at www.saintcroixsailingschool.org. Student registration forms may be downloaded there and mailed with payments to Saint Croix Sailing School, Inc., P.O. Box 732, Hudson, WI 54016.

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