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Kids can learn to sail this summer

In partnership with BC Sailing, the Bowen Island Yacht Club will be offering summer sailing camp for kids aged 6 to 10.

In partnership with BC Sailing, the Bowen Island Yacht Club will be offering summer sailing camp for kids aged 6 to 10. The Mobile Optimist Sailing School (MOSS) travels the entire province and the Yukon each summer offering educational and fun programs that introduce children to the exciting sports of sailing.

This year, MOSS will be making its stop on Bowen Island from August 15 to 19.

The five-day course teaches the basics of sailing. Participants will learn some terminology, knots and how to sail by means of games and activities on and off the water.

Sailors learn in seven-foot "Optimist" sailboats that are specifically designed for young children. Optis are more stable so easy to learn in, fun and, of course, safe.

By the end of the course, students will become Captains of their own boats as they learn to sail on their own!

At 10 years of age they can transition comfortably to sailing Laser sailboats. White and Bronze Sail Programs are also offered this summer.

Safe boating practice is a constant theme throughout all BIYC sailing programs, starting with teaching children to act responsibly around the water.

In addition to sailing skills, all the programs aim to develop confidence and leadership in its participants. Professionally trained, Canadian Yachting Association certified coaches ensure every experience is a positive one.

Special Opti news:

The BIYC wants its program to grow independent of BC Sailing. It needs to add three Optimist sailboats to its fleet. This would allow the club to provide programming for 6 - 10 year olds for four additional weeks during July and August. If you can donate, share or rent to make this dream a reality on Bowen, please contact Florrie Levine 604-947-2194 or Wendy Wanvig 604-947-0994 .

For more information and to register, visit moss.bcsailing.bc.ca, or register online at www.biyc.bc.ca.

Please register early as this program sold out last year and is expected to do the same this summer.

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