The Bay View Association of Petoskey, Michigan runs a great recreation program which includes sailing instruction for kids 9 and up who have passed a certain level of swimming proficiency. Formerly they have relied mostly on Sunfish sailboats, but have decided to add three new Lido 14s to the program to give the students experience on a boat with a jib and they will even fly a spinnaker according to the Bay View Association's newsletter.
WD Schock Corporation reports that they will be getting the "Club Model" version of the Lido 14 which is modified to take more punishment with added layers of fiberglass in vulnerable areas and other features. The Club Model is used by sailing schools (such as at Orange Coast College, Newport Beach, CA) and by rental businesses.
|Club Model Lido 14s at Orange Coast College - note the bow fender - hey, I could use that!|
Keep those new sailors coming.
Until next, sweet sailing.