Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lido 14 Sailors - the Next Generation


Guest post -
Written By: J. Manuel "Manny" Moreno, 
ASA Certifed instructor 
in collaboration with W.D. Schock

OUR SAILING STORY
Ready to tour the factory



The idea of a creating a youth sailing program never occurred to me until  the summer
of 2012 when I unexpectedly found our fleet's first sailboat hidden in a garage, tucked
under a canvas, like a precious hidden gem. 
  
Forgotten about and left forlorn, this beautiful Lido 14 with a dark blue hull and white top deck
had been stored away for over two decades. Surpisingly, it was in outstanding condition,
which speaks to the quality of the Lido 14 build. 
  
This vintage treasure sparked the beginning of a grand idea - share the joy of sailing
with young latino youth who otherwise might never have the opportunity to experience
the beauty of sailing.

We had our first boat and a certified sailing instructor (myself), what we needed was a unique
place to sail that we could call our own in order to run the program  efficiently.

Our first Lido out on the lake

Location was easy. We chose Otay Lakes in Chula Vista, CA,  which is just a few miles
north of the California / Mexico border.

This lake is perfect for our program, as it sits right in our back yard. Its public launching ramp
and well-structured pier make it a perfect place for a junior sailing program. 

 

Beautiful Otay Lake
In a quest to find more Lidos, I made a phone call to Alexander Vucelic, owner of
W.D.Schock Corp. It was a phone call that ultimately launched our program into high-gear.
   
WD Schock's Alexander Vucelic has been one of our top supporters. He has introduced
us to the vibrant and welcoming Lido 14 Class.

Exploring a Harbor 20 mold

They also gave us the opportunity to tour the factory over the children's holiday break from
school.

Wow! What a grand organization. They embraced our program with open arms, riding
the coat-tails of both W.D. and Betty Schock in the company's long tradition of
promoting family daysailing.

The tour was amazing, and the kid's eyes lit up while exploring the factory. Our tour
guide, Guadalupe Torres, with over 35 years of boat building experience, explained every detail
of the building process, from the resin that forms the molds, to the final product,
W.D. Schock produces an exquisite array of vessels.

Posing in front of three new Lidos

The pride in their craft is evident throughout. The kids and I are still in awe of the number of
vessels they've fabricated throughout their 67 years in business.

Our second Lido
   
In an effort to find our second Lido, W.D. Schock put us in contact with Paul Makielski of
Lido Fleet 6 in Alamitos Bay, CA. Their generous donation of a beautiful Lido puts Reality
Sailing  well on our way to fulfilling our goal of sharing the beauty of sailing.
  
The opportunity given to us by W.D. Schock was truly amazing. 
Maybe one day a Harbor 20 is in our furture

Helping the kids gain more knowledge about how W.D. Schock's boats are manufactured
adds so much more value to our sailing program.  It was an experience we'll never forget. 

Otay Lakes, our home
 
Our goal is to share the knowledge of sailing and save the oceans by simply promoting the
sport while learning more about this magnificent transportation system. 

Our program is currently in development and is reaching out to different home 
owners' associations, local businesses and the sailing students' parents for support. We are
also currently working with the Olympic Training Center in hopes of using their boat house dry
dock yard to store our fleet.   

Reality Sailing is currently looking a for a third Lido and welcomes any philanthropic contribution.    

Times and Contact Info:

OTAY LAKES SPRING 2013 WED, SAT & SUN. 
11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  
 Phone: 619 249-2660 
 Email: instructions@realitysailing.org

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An update about this program was posted on June 10, 2013:

The Next Generation - Update

Until next, sweet sailing. 

5 comments:

Sandscraper said...

Great story, we need more individuals who are willing to share their talent and time to give young people an opportunity to experience ativities that, otherwise, would not have been possible.

Don Snabulus said...

That looks like a beautiful sailing spot and a great opportunity to give back to humanity through helping youth to learn a great skill.

Well done!

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

It's hard to think of a boat builder than has given a bigger boost to introducing adults to yacht racing. First the Lido-14, and then the Harbor-20. Bravo, WD Schock!

Martin J Frid said...

I liked the Lido already but now even more so. It is great to know a bit more about the people who make the stuff we consumers use.

bonnie said...

Nice!