How AYS Got Underway
In 2017, Asheville Sailing Club developed the opportunity, through a generous grant from Buncombe County Parks & Recreation, matching funds, and sponsorships, to establish the Asheville Youth Sailing program. As its inaugural activity, the 2018 Learn to Sail Scholarship Program helps new sailors, ages 10 -14, learn the sport, hone their skills, spend time outside on the water, and become sailors for life. Asheville Youth Sailing strives to enable young sailors from all backgrounds to explore and discover the extent of their talents and abilities, build leadership skills, teamwork, and critical thinking through an on-the-water sailing education.
This competitive scholarship program, available to only 14 junior sailors from May through September in 2018, gives the participants the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the sport of sailing at no cost to them or their families. Asheville Youth Sailing focuses on school-age children who exhibit a strong work ethic and a positive attitude, putting forth the effort to help themselves, who would not have the opportunity to attend well-structured summer sailing education without financial assistance.
The program, run entirely by volunteers from the Asheville Sailing Club, begins with basic instruction on and off the water. The sailors will be assigned a boat and gear to use and care for throughout the duration of the 2018 program. Safe and friendly instruction on Saturday mornings will push the sailors to try this new sport and build the skills and confidence they need to independently sail a small dinghy on their own.
Each summer, the Asheville Sailing Club and the Asheville Youth Sailing program hold a charitable fundraiser regatta in conjunction with the Lake Julian, Buncombe County Park and Recreation community to celebrate the achievements of its sailors!
About Asheville Sailing Club
Founded in 1963 on Lake Julian, The Asheville Sailing Club Sailing promotes and encourages competitive and non-competitive sailing in the Western North Carolina area. With over 50 members, sailing a menagerie of one-design dinghies and daysailers, Asheville Sailing Club is the perfect venue to learn good sportsmanship and skill improvement through practice and sharing. A lot of the sailing is social, but the club hosts racing regattas on the second Saturday and fourth Sunday of each month from April thru October.
Asheville Sailing Club prides itself on its friendliness so even beginner sailors can learn to sail or even race. The club is thrilled to be able to host the new Asheville Youth Sailing program.