Recently, two of our teenage grandsons came to Bellingham for a visit, and after a couple of days concluded everything was “boring!” Fortunately, we discovered that sailing lessons were available at the Community Boating Center in Fairhaven, something neither of them had tried before. Each sailed with a certified instructor, and came home thrilled by their adventure.
During a second sailing lesson, their instructor determined each was ready to solo in a smaller boat. After a first sail with the instructor aboard, they spent the rest of the lesson sailing their own boats out into the bay, as the instructor hovered nearby in a power craft, lending direction and encouragement. One of the boys capsized his boat, and remembered from his first lesson how to immediately climb back on board and control the boat again. They returned to shore excited, and happily challenged by the experience of mastering the first steps of sailing.
Both are eager to visit Bellingham next summer and attend the Center’s Youth Camp, ages 9-14, for a week on the water — sailing, kayaking, stand-up-paddle boarding, and rowing.
We are extremely grateful to the Community Boating Center’s outstanding director and staff, for creating a program that helped these teenagers transform “boring!” into “awesome!”