Hello to new skippers, returning skippers, alumni and families,
The start of the 2014 SBSSA sailing season is just around the corner: please note our first Hut Meeting on Friday April 4th, at 6:00 pm at Vieja Valley school (subject to change). This is for returning families as well as new families. First sailing day will be on Sunday April 6th.
2014 marks the 66th year of SBSSA long tradition of teaching boys and girls aged 8 to 15 to sail, and race around the beautiful and safe waters of Santa Barbara harbor. Being part of SBSSA community, means fun on the beach, strong family ties, long time friendships, while fostering healthy child development, independence, seamanship and sailing skills.
Most skippers join with little to no sailing experience and grow to become fine recreational and competitive sailors. Skippers progress through the years from being a Novice (and sailing with their parent) to the C, B and finally A fleet. We sail every Sunday from April 6th through October 5th with a few weeks break during the summer. Most sailing days take place on West Beach in Santa Barbara harbor with two out-of-town events: Mission Bay (near San Diego) and Lopez Lake (near Arroyo Grande). A typical Sunday starts around noon at the launch ramp to rig the boats to be ready for the “mast meeting” at 1:00 pm. Each Sunday includes three races with the skippers interspaced with a race for the adults. Boats are generally all put away around 4:00-5:00 pm.
The annual fee this year has not changed and remains at the low level of $235 total for a family with one skipper and one condo space to store your boat. All throughout the season, there are many events bringing the families together such as the skippers’ party, Memorial Day picnic, potlucks and the grand finale of our unique and critical fundraising event: wine tasting, silent auction and yacht tour on Marina one (October 4).
This is an all-volunteer family organization and everyone must help out to make it work. We always need help with teaching, scoring, safety on the water, race course set up, equipment maintenance, relationships with the community, social activities and club organization in general. Whatever you like doing or interested in learning, you will be able to utilize your skills while being part of the long SBSSA tradition and become part of the local sailing community.
Please find below the link to the PDF of our 2014 season calendar. The 2014 registration documents will also be posted on our website soon.
We can’t predict the weather, but I am confident that we will have another great year thanks to the terrific families and skippers who are part of the organization which bring out good camaraderie, fun, instruction, competition, seamanship and sportsmanship.
Should you have any question, please to do not hesitate to email or call me.
The 2014 Board joins me to welcome you to SBSSA for 2014 and we all look forward to seeing you on April 4th at 6:00 pm.