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First Week of Sailing Camp Puts New Boats to the Test

Half Moon Bay Yacht Club launches their new fleet of Optimist sailboats into the wide open blue of Pillar Point Harbor this week with kids at the helm.

Just enough wind swirled around Pillar Point Harbor to power the Youth Sailing Camp fleet this week, which was the first of seven weeks of camp being offered by the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club (HMBYC) in Princeton by the Sea.

What makes the camp this year so exciting are the new boats: HMBYC members were busy this past winter , which are perfectly rigged and crafted in size and nature for kids to learn the art of sailing.

At camp on Wednesday this week the day began with classroom training followed by a game of sponge tag in which campers must obey the rules of sailing while throwing a sponge onto another boat.

The skull and crossbones Jolly Roger flag flew on the dock's flag pole and echoed the theme for the next event, an expedition and treasure hunt. The sailors followed a course of buoys to a destination and then practiced capsizing and righting their boats.

Head sailing coach, Hanna Tuson-Turner, drove a whaler boat alongside the sailors, giving instruction on sail trimming and wind direction. Patrick Melley kindly took this photographer in another motor boat to snap these pictures.

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Sara Freidin June 15, 2012 at 09:54 PM
thank you for posting these pictures! my daughter Taytum has had THE BEST TIME at this camp and these are the only chance i have seeing her "in action"!
Dee June 15, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Wonderful photos! Great article. You really captured the moment here. Lucky kids to have access to a local yacht club with dedicated members who can build boats and teach kids how to sail.
Marguerite Nafey June 16, 2012 at 06:36 PM
What a super activity for the kids. I didn't have the opportunity until I was in my early 70's. I think you should get a boat.
Stuart Nafey June 18, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Thanks everyone and to the club for taking me out on the water making the pictures that much more fun.

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