It’s hard to believe but 2019 is upon us. For the Sea Shells, founded in 1948, we are beginning our eighth decade of youth sailing. As the new commodore, I cannot help but feel the importance of remaining true to 70 years of tradition while looking forward to changes that will ensure great years of sailing ahead.
This should be a great year for the Sea Shells. With the RS Teras that we purchased last year, we will continue to have our more experienced sailors racing in that class. More exciting, for the first time our Memorial Day Regatta will be open to RS Tera and RS Feva skippers from other clubs. We are also piloting a bootcamp to bring older kids (13 - 16 years old) that are new to sailing directly into our RS Feva fleet. Of course the old favorites will continue with the skippers’ parties and taking our boats on the road for the annual Mission Bay Regatta.
The most important thing, though, is to continue the long-held tradition of Sea Shells being fun for families. There is something uniquely compelling about an organization structured around spending Sunday afternoons at the beach enjoying the sun, wind, and water. It’s a time to build friendships while playing and working together and I look forward to every minute.