New home base, new programs, more sailing in 2015!
2015 was a great year for sailing on Lake Superior. For the first time ever, we established a home base at West End Park in Washburn. Families dropped in for open sailing four days a week. We started a new Teen Sailing Program that offered advanced instruction, racing and casual sailing with friends. We still shuttled our Optis to Bayfield and Ashland to teach sailing lessons to younger kids, but the home base allowed us to offer more open sailing and better programs.
NCCS is celebrating our 15th year teacching children to sail in Chequamegon Bay and the Apostle Islands. We had 255 sailors take one of our programs or classes, including 212 youth. Our new endowment enabled us to purchase new boats and equipment, including boats, sails, and an iPad. Both Girl and Boy Scout groups, and Bayfield and Washburn 5th grade classes all sailed with us. We continue to find partnerships in the community, and strive to teach the next generation of children to sail and enjoy the greatest lake in the world.
Our 2016 schedule should be available in late March. We are looking forward to the 2016 season!
North Coast Community Sailing (NCCS) is a small boat learn-to-sail program for the Apostle Islands area. The program is structured under the US Sailing Association, the governing body for the sport of sailing in the United Sates. NCCS was formed in 2000 with four adult volunteers who received U.S. Sailing small boat instructor training to provide volunteer sailing instruction. Fund raising allowed the purchase of two uniform fleets of boats; six Optimist Prams, and five Club 420's. The fleet has since grown to eleven Optimist Prams, seven Club 420's, one Catalina 14.2 Capri, 2 swing keelboats, and two safety boats. Currently NCCS is guided by a volunteer advisory board and employs a director and staff of instructors.