Learning to sail

Jason Simmonds
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Junior program underway in Summerside

SUMMERSIDE – Brock Lynch has a simple reason for wanting to learn to sail.

Participants in the Summerside Yacht Club junior sailing program work on developing their skills.

“I like going on the water and the feeling of the waves on the boat,” said Lynch, 13.

The Summerside native is one of the participants in the Summerside Yacht Club junior sailing program at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club this summer.

“It’s a really neat way to spend your summer,” said 22-year-old program instructor Alix Wedge, who has sailed most of her life and has been teaching since she was 16. “It’s nice to pass on the sailing knowledge.”

The junior program, which runs Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is open to kids aged 10 to 16. There is also an adult program.

Basic skills

“We have a lot of fun,” said Wedge, who added the course covers basic sailing skills. “We just did point of sail, which is basically the angles of the wind.”

Nate Williams of Tyne Valley sails with his father, Ken, and is in his first year of sailing.

“I like going on the water and the feeling of the waves on the boat.” Learn-to-sail program participant Brock Lynch

“It’s fun,” said Williams, 11.

Thomas Gaudet of Summerside is in his fourth year of sailing, and says he would like to keep advancing in the sport.

“I like being on the water,” said Gaudet, 14. “I know more stuff now (than when I started sailing).”

For example?

“Just know how to control the boat,” answered Gaudet.

Lynch, who has been sailing for three or four years, also wants to advance “to the highest level” he can.

Lynch said one of the big things he has learned is how to handle the boat.

“I was always afraid the boat will tip,” said Lynch. “But now I know the boat can stand so much wind and pressure.”

For more information, or to register for the sailing program, visit the Silver Fox’s website.

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Organizations: Silver Fox, Summerside Yacht Club

Geographic location: Summerside, Tyne Valley

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