Published DateGILFORD — The Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing School is celebrating its 26th year and is now accepting session registrations. Adult classes are also offered out of Meredith Bay.
Sailing School Director Anthony Sperazzo, said "We're about to close out sessions already and
registration has only been open a week. We anticipate our third sold out summer in a row.''
He said the staff will have some new faces combined with the seasoned veterans. 6th year veteran instructor, RJ Darabant, has been hired as the Operations Director. He will oversee the day to day operations and teach the level 3 non-racing classes.
Seasoned veteran and 5th year instructor Owen Carey-Hatch, a product of LWSA, will lead the Racing program. He is pursuing his Level 2 coaching certification through US Sailing. Gilford native and junior at Bucknell, Carson Quigley, is studying Biomedical Engineering and Psychology, and will return for her 5th year at LWSA. She is well known for her expertise at working with the younger groups.
Gilford High School senior Sally Tinkham, is returning after getting her feet wet last year. Newcomers to the program are Ben Crosby and Liam Shanahan. Crosby is currently involved with a semester at sea, living on a boat named Harvey Gamage, which is sailing back from the Caribbean. Shanahan is involved in many sports at his school back in Massachusetts.
All classes for children 11 to 16 include ten days of instruction, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sailors in this class are offered two-week sessions for greater mastery of the skills taught such as being more aware of wind and weather, focus on more advanced sailing, boat handling, and safety skills, including tacking, jibing and landing a sailboat.
Classes for 8 to 10 year olds are one week. Level one students are introduced to sailing and safety in and around sailboats. Beginning sailors learn to rig, sail, and steer the boat. Also, for the third year, the program will offer half day lessons to 7 year olds for an introduction to sailing.
The school offers a Tuesday night Youth Racing Club open to any sailor who can demonstrate adequate basic boat-handling skills.
New for LWSA this year is Open Sail night. Wednesday nights will provide an opportunity for children who have passed level 1 to sail in Smith Cove to become more confident.
Adult sailing is also available on Meredith Bay. Classes are offered Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or from 5-8 p.m. with a maximum of three participants to each boat. Private lessons are also available.
Major sponsors of the LWSA Sailing School include Fay's Boat Yard, Inc. and Merrill Fay, Dave's Motorboat Shop, Winnipesaukee Yacht Club, Members of J80 Fleet #1, and generous donors and volunteers.