La Jolla High club sails through its season
BY VICKI NIENBERGContributor
The La Jolla High School Sailing Club has been around for years, yet not many people outside of the sailing world seem to know about it.
This year, the team consists of six girls and 11 boys. Many of the members this year were new to sailing, yet a number of them have gone from learning the basics to skippering in regattas.
Our motto is fun first. We practice with a coach two days a week from September to mid-April, except this year our girls will be participating in the first all-girls regatta hosted by San Diego Yacht Club at the end of this month. This is a historical event, and everyone is expecting to have a great time.
During the sailing season, we practice at the Mission Bay Yacht Club, where we sail CFJ’s, 14-foot, double-handed boats that require a skipper and a crew of one. We arrive at MBYC right after school where we rig boats, are coached on and off the water, and practice until the sun goes down.
MBYC is open to any student for a nominal fee, which allows them, as junior members, use of the facilities and their junior fleet boats for the year. You do not need to be on the LJHS sailing team to be a member or take advantage of their sailing programs, which are offered throughout the summer. For more information, contact MBYC at www.mbyc.org and check out its Junior Sailing Program.
With high school sailing, we attend college-sponsored regattas from San Diego to San Francisco and compete against other high schools from all around California, but from time to time, you will find some of our sailors taking time off for dry land activities such as football, volleyball, golf, softball or performing music with a band or with the youth symphony. For more information about the LJHS Sailing Club, contact email@example.com.