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EYC Announces 2015 Sailing Lessons

The Ephraim Yacht Club (EYC) has announced its junior group sailing lesson program for 2015.

The EYC will offer junior lessons during a nine-week period beginning June 15, in four two-week sessions followed by two one-week sessions. Lessons are taught Monday through Friday in three-hour periods. Students can sign up for morning or afternoon lessons. Junior lessons are offered to beginner through advanced students ages 7-17.

The EYC’s lessons feature on-shore and on-the-water instruction, including nomenclature, sailing theory, safety, seamanship, boat handling and boat care. The EYC has an experienced staff of 15 instructors certified by U.S. Sailing. The EYC maintains a fleet of 55 sailboats (including Flying Scots, 420s, Lasers and Optimists) for use in its lesson program.

“As one of the largest sailing schools in the Midwest, the EYC teaches over 250 juniors how to sail every summer, with an emphasis on safety and fun,” says EYC Rear Commodore Jay Lott. “Sailing is a lifetime sport which is athletic but does not require unusual coordination, size or strength. Sailing is social – girls and boys participate together. More than any other junior sport, sailing teaches self-reliance, responsibility, ethics, fair play, and teamwork, and builds self-confidence.”

Lesson price varies by the length of the session, but is never more than $12 per hour. A typical two-week session includes 10 days (30 hours) of instruction for $360. Scholarships are available to year-round residents of Door County, including free student memberships and a 75 percent discount on tuition. For more information about scholarships, contact [email protected].

EYC membership is required in order to take lessons. Membership is open to all; annual membership dues range from $65 (student) to $200 (family.) The EYC maintains a fleet of 58 sailboats and kayaks for use by members in lessons, racing and daysailing. For more information, and to enroll in lessons, go to eyc.org/lessons. For more information email [email protected].