Girls Adventure Sail is sponsored by National Women’s Sailing Foundation of NY. These events, designed to introduce underserved girls from 9 to 14 to the developmental benefits and joys of sailing, are hosted by yacht clubs and community sailing programs around the country. Alameda Community Sailing Center was happy to join the team. NWSF provided T-Shirts for the girls and sponsored the lunch. It also will consider one or two scholarship applications for Adventure Sail girls who attend ACSC camp this summer.
On May 3rd, ACSC hosted one of these Adventure Sail that introduced 24 girls to sailing on San Francisco Bay. The day consisted of 2 four-hour sessions and a shared lunch with Jeannette Leckie, skipper of USA 76 (a Version 5 America’s Cup Class boat), sharing stories and the notion that girls can do anything, if they just work at it! The girls came from the Girl Scouts, Girls Inc of the Island City and Boys and Girls Club of Alameda.
This Adventure Sail was a huge hit for our adventurous guests, and they enjoyed fun games, an on-land introduction to sailing, and an on-the-water introductory sailing lesson on ACSC’s Flying Junior boats. The afternoon group braved heavy 20 knot winds, and this was the first time many of these girls had been sailing! These courageous girls ended up having a blast and spirits were high at the end of the day – playing in the water and helping bring the boats back up to the base. It was an unforgettable day and another stunning showcase of the true value this sailing center provides to the community.
For more information on Adventure Sails see http://www.womensailing.org/index.php/76-adventure-sail