From an observer's standpoint, it's hard to tell whether parents everywhere are breathing a collective sigh of relief or anxiety now that kids have been corralled back into the classroom. Either way, life is returning to a more regular schedule after the glorious chaos of summer.
For our Apprenticeship Program, the end of summer means our apprentices are 3/4 of the way through their intensive sailing year. The only one of its kind on the west coast, our Apprenticeship Program gives a handful of young adults the opportunity to maximize their sailing time over the course of a year. They get the chance to participate in training courses, races, cruising adventures and experience what a life on the water is really like.
This was our inaugural year of offering the Apprenticeship Program, and we were lucky enough to have two fantastic Apprentices join us right off the bat. Dawson and Kelsey have rapidly developed their sailing knowledge and expertise while logging hundreds of nautical miles with us this year.
Their year of sailing isn't over yet, but here's what they have to say about it as we head into the last couple months...
Both our Apprentices committed not only to a year of fun and instructive sailing, but also to a year of learning about every aspect of the sailing life. Glossy sailing magazines may have us believe that sailing is always a glamorous leisure activity, but the reality for most sailors most of the time is very different.
Our Apprentices have learned how to clean and repair winches, choose and work with marine sealants and adhesives, perform basic engine maintenance, provision for longer sailing trips, repair gelcoat damage and of course swab the decks! They have built skills that are part of a real sailor's arsenal.
We are already looking ahead to 2017 and continuing our commitment to promoting sailing to a younger demographic. We'll be updating our program parameters over the next few weeks, and will be taking on 2 new apprentices for next year's program. For young adults ages 16-25 interested in having an exceptional year on the water, we'll start accepting applications for next year's Apprenticeship Program shortly.