It’s been an incredible summer here at the Manatee River Pram Fleet. Over 75 kids had the opportunity to learn to sail or improve upon their sailing skills. These sailors ranged from ages 8 to 14 and tackled everything from capsize and recovery, boat rigging and care, tying complicated knots, to sailing in light and heavy air.
The progression that takes place from learning to scull and steer the boat during the first week, to taking a parent sailing by the end of the second week is inspiring to witness. Many young skippers approach their first experience with a great deal of trepidation. Once they’ve learned how to flip and then right their boat, the confidence seems to grow by the hour. It was also a joy to see some returning sailors take their skills to the next level this summer.
Whether it was playing with jellyfish, creating knot boards on a rainy day, cooling down at the pool, or sailing and exploring the shores of the Manatee River, these kids had an unforgettable and rich experience.
While we are looking forward to next summer, in the meantime we plan to keep sailing. For those who have completed the learn to sail summer program, we will be offering both racing and recreational sailing opportunities during the fall and spring school semesters. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in getting your young sailor involved in either of these programs.
We look forward to seeing you back on the water!