Monday, June 10, 2013

The Next Generation - Update

Manny Moreno, CEO of Reality Sailing has made great progress with the new sailing school to introduce children to sailing and environmentalism in Chula Vista, California.

If you are new to this topic, please read the previous post about it here: Lido 14 Sailors - The Next Generation.

My own mother was living in Chula Vista when she married my father just before World War Two, so for that and other reasons I have a connection there. When I learned what Manny was trying to do I decided to help in my own small way so purchased the parts and rigging they needed to complete their two Lido 14s and bring them to good working order.

Last weekend, Manny put on a sort of "Open House" for the sailing school. The cost of permits, insurance, and other regulations made it a bit difficult for a non-profit to pull off, but somehow he managed to do it and was able to introduce his program to about 70 people, giving rides on the lake with a Lido 14 and a Laser (or Torch or whatever they call them now - har har).

How many kids does it take to sail a Laser?  (just kidding)

Manny adjusts a PFD prior to an introductory sail experience.

Even the duck was having a great day!

Manny Moreno on the far left.
These pictures speak volumes as testimony to the success of the event. It would be great if local governments better understood the benefits of programs like this for the community as a whole and offered lots of support, but hey, we'll take what we can get, and regardless, the County of San Diego people who work at the park at Otay Lakes are super.  A wonderful time was had by all.

To see what Reality Sailing is doing, visit their website at Reality Sailing dot org where you'll find me on their testimonials page. 

Until next, sweet sailing.



Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Work to insure the future of sailing is blessed, holy, god-like work. Thank you for your service. I will follow your link...!

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

I C U!