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July 23, 2013

Letter: Sail GHS Team a great option for kids, families

To the editor:

I’m sure you have seen the kids on the Sail GHS Team out in Gloucester Harbor having a great time racing in all weather throughout the year.

They work hard training throughout the fall and race hard in all weather during the spring. This year, they came in second in the state in their division — a huge accomplishment for this group which is led by Level II Sailing Coach Guy Fiero, his dedicated volunteers, Patti Page, Hillary Frye, Damon Cummings and fueled by generous donors and vigorous fund-raising to keep them afloat.

The Sail GHS Racing Team is open to any middle school and high school student on Cape Ann and is not exclusive to Gloucester High School. This is a free athletic program and begins when school starts and runs Monday through Thursday after school throughout the fall and starts up again for the racing season in the spring.

Sail GHS has been a huge part of my son’s middle school experience, and I am very grateful for all of the hard work of these dedicated volunteers who freely share their time, knowledge, and passion for sailing with the youth of Cape Ann.

During the summer months, they offer Summer Sailing Clinics in their new, C 420 sailboats and even in their newly acquired Laser.

Kids with some sailing experience ages 10 and up are welcome. Classes meet at Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center and there is no need to pre-register! Just bring yourself, your friends, and your life jackets if you have them. Sailors should arrive promptly at 8 a.m. as space is limited. Sibling, multi-week, group, and need based discounts are available.

All proceeds from this ongoing fund-raiser go to Sail GHS, a nonprofit organization designed to help defray operating costs and provide the youth of Cape Ann and beyond with this wonderful sailing opportunity.

There are certainly plenty of fine choices of area yacht clubs, but Sail GHS may be a more affordable sailing option for families.

This is an exceptional program and an undiscovered gem, right in our backyard.

BECCA CAMPBELL

King Street Court, Rockport

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