The Great Pond Yacht Club is wrapping up a third successful season of youth sailing classes on Great Pond at the Belgrade Center for all Seasons. The Great Pond Yacht Club has partnered with SailMaine, the premier sailing organization in Portland, to offer classes for 8- to 17-year-olds. From beginners to intermediate sailors, the program provides a solid foundation of sailing skills that will hopefully instill a lifelong passion for sailing and greater appreciation of our beautiful lakes.
The morning program for young sailors introduces the basics of sailing and focuses on improving a child's comfort and confidence in small sailboats. Beginner classes for 8- to 12-year-olds use Optimist dinghies, small, single-handed sailboats. The afternoon program classes for 12- to 17-year-olds offers instruction for both beginner and intermediate sailors and features 420 double-handed dinghies.
The Great Pond Yacht Club and all the families who have participated in the program would like to give a special shout out to Barb and Ben Ford who have so graciously and generously hosted the SailMaine instructors for a month each of the past three summers at their home on Great Pond. This is on top of much additional work they do on behalf of the program. Many thanks!!!
The Great Pond Yacht Club welcomes both avid and novice sailors. We have scheduled monthly races on Great Pond, followed by informal and festive get-togethers. Membership is NOT required for participation in the youth sailing program.