‘Hoist up the John B’s sail’

St. Croix Sailing School begins fifth year of youth lessons June 10 in Hudson

St. Croix Sailing School students practice sailing on the St. Croix River near Hudson, Wis., during a past sailing school session. (Photo courtesy of St. Croix Sailing School)

HUDSON, Wis. — Registration is underway for the fifth year of the Saint Croix Sailing School that casts off June 10 and runs through Aug. 16 on the St. Croix River.

Registration can be done at www.saintcroixsailingschool.org. Sailing classes are held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The non-profit sailing program offers introductory, intermediate and advanced sailing instruction for youths in the east metro Minnesota and western Wisconsin areas. The school also offers sailboat racing sessions over the summer. All dates are listed on the sailing school website. In addition, the school provides adult sailing instruction.

Focusing primarily on youths from the ages of six or seven through high school, the SCSS program operates with the belief that sailing offers unique developmental opportunities for young people. Besides the fun of learning to sail and 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 SCSS priorities. 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.

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

The SCSS uses three of the best youth training and racing sailboats.  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.

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