Okoboji Sailing Center's SailFest replaces Junior Olympic sailing
A late start to the sailing season caused the Okoboji Yacht Club to question hosting a USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival for 2018. A big regatta leaves a big hole in the schedule — so now what?
The Okoboji Sailing Center (OSC) staff decided to take advantage of the day off to create an event where they could invite the public to a free open house from 9-11:30 a.m. where area youth can be an OSC student for the day and learn more about what is offered at the Sailing Center. This "learn-to-sail" program will have limited space and will provide on-land and on-water training for want-to-be sailors.
Students of the OSC will not be forgotten Friday. There will be sailing clinics, fun activities and an adventure race in the Opti, X Boat and 420 throughout the day. Students are encouraged to bring a lunch and have fun watching cool sailing videos and enjoy treats provided by the OSC. Later in the afternoon Opti students will be invited to sail in a Scavenger Hunt Adventure Race.
Friday June 22
9-10 a.m. — Opti Chalk Talk Clinic with Cappy Capper
9-10:30 a.m. — Try out any boat (free sailing for sailing school students)
9-11:30 a.m. — "Newbie Youth Learn to Sail Clinic" (free to the public — ages 6-18)
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — "The Cappy 420 Clinic" (free for X Boat Racing Team and area high school sailors)
Bring a lunch, watch sailing videos and have treats
1-1:30 p.m. — "Prep your Opti to Race" (free for Opti Fundamental and Racing students)
1-4:30 p.m. — "X Boat Class Clinic" with Cappy Capper
2-4 p.m. — "Adventure Sail Scavenger Hunt" (free for Opti Fundamental and Racing students)
4-5 p.m. — Sailing School student volleyball tournament
6-10 p.m. — Okoboji Sailing Center hosts the OYC Friday night social
With so many fun events going on throughout the day OSC organizers know space will be limited, so participants are encouraged to sign-up early for to better assure availability to take part. All students must bring a Coast Guard approved life jacket (PFD), be able to swim and sign all waivers and releases. Visit okobojisailingcenter.org for more information.
Okoboji Yacht Club Sailing School, Inc. and Okoboji Sailing Center is an Iowa 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports personal growth by teaching the skills of sailing to people of all ages. The organization provide services focused on education with facilities that support that training.