Welcome to new skippers, returning skippers, alumni and families.
The start of the 2015 SBSSA sailing season is coming up soon: our first Hut Meeting will be held on Friday April 10th, at 6:00 pm at a location to be named soon. This important introductory meeting is vital to attend for returning families as well as new families. Our first sailing day of the 2015 season will be on Sunday April 12th.
This year we will have one or two pre-season clinics before April, to give prospective skippers and their families an opportunity to try sailing with more experienced skippers before the season begins.
2015 brings us to the 67th year of teaching boys and girls aged 8 to 15 to sail, and race around the beautiful and safe waters of Santa Barbara harbor. SBSSA membership and participation means weekly fun on the beach, strong family ties, lifelong friendships, while always fostering 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 skipper (sailing with their parent) and onto the C and higher fleets. We sail every Sunday this year from April 12th through October 4th with a few weeks break during the summer. A typical Sunday starts around noon with rigging the boats at the launch ramp to be ready for the “mast meeting” at 1:00 pm. Each Sunday includes three races for the skippers and one race for the adults. We typically finish putting the boats away between 4:30 and 5:00 pm. The majority of sailing take place on West Beach in Santa Barbara harbor with a couple of out-of-town events, one of which is Mission Bay (near San Diego). Due to the historic drought we are currently experiencing, we will not have our traditional camping and sailing weekend at Lopez Lake this year. Stay tuned for updates on this page, as the Board is working to organize a weekend at another camping/sailing venue.
All throughout the season, there are many events bringing the families together such as the skippers’ party, Memorial Day picnic, potlucks and our unique and financially important fundraising event: wine tasting, silent auction and yacht tour at the harbor on Marina one (October 3rd).
SBSSA 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 your skills are, your help and active participation will be essential to the smooth functioning of the club.
The 2015 sailing calendar will be posted here in early February, as will the 2015 registration documents.
Should you have any questions, please to do not hesitate to email or call me.
The 2015 Board members join me in welcoming you to SBSSA for 2015 and we all look forward to seeing you on April 10th at 6:00 pm.
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