Sailing and Harbor Springs have long gone hand-in-hand. It's a tradition kept alive in part because of the Little Traverse Sailors program, now in its 58th year. For almost six decades now, the non-profit organization has been teaching young people (and adults) how to sail and/or sharpen their sailing skills.
Safety, fun and learning are the key goals of the program. There are seven levels of skill progression, each level having about 20 individual skills before achieving the highest rank of Skipper. This summer, 23 staff members will instruct and oversee students in 33 sailboats. The program is held for nine weeks and students may attend in either morning or afternoon sessions, or both on a weekly basis.
The sailboats used in the program are Pixels, Lido 14s, Bugs, Lasers, 420s, 14' Hunters, a Vanguard 15 and a 34' J-105. There are also five power, safety/instructor boats used in the program, all in excellent condition. The 420s and Lasers are used regularly for the Little Traverse Sailors racing program. Those students become especially proficient with their boat handling and sail trim skills.
Last summer, 817 youth attended Little Traverse Sailors.
Go to www.LittleTraverseSailors.org for more information and registration. You may call Program Director, Linda Orlow at 231-838-4484 with questions.