Nashville Sail Camp is back for the summer of 2019 and our staff could not be happier with our campers for the first week! Our week started off with campers working together with their counselors to create a full value contract—a set of rules all of the group agreed to maintain to keep everyone’s experience safe and fun. This led into some team bonding exercises for the group to get to know each other before learning the basics of sailing. The campers learned about water pollution and water safety from Metro Water before heading out to the boats. The campers were sailing from the first day and spent the afternoon on the water!
Day 2 of sail camp started with some land drills to review what the campers had learned the day before, but they were all out on the water putting their knowledge to the test early in the day! After sailing in their groups—either Optis or Lasers—the campers headed back to shore for some swim time and jumping off the dock!
The campers spent Day 3 of sail camp out in the stronger winds putting their new skills to the test! The groups learned what to do in the event of a capsize as well as continuing to practice the basics with their counselors. The campers then came back to shore to get their hands dirty with tie dye! Every camper designed their own shirt and put it out to set for the reveal the next day before heading back to the boats for more sailing.
No sun was no problem for the last few days of camp as the campers started the morning cheering for their counselors as they competed in a sailing race and playing games with their group. Then the groups rinsed out their tie dye from the day before and got to see their fellow campers’ designs! All of the groups went out sailing where the Optis played Simon Says sailing and the Lasers played a game of tag now that our campers have good control of their boats. The campers got the opportunity to go out sailing on a large boat owned by one of the Harbor Island Yacht Club members (and they even got the chance to steer)!
Overall, this week was full of games, art, fun, friends, swimming, and sailing and the staff could not be more excited for the rest of the summer. Thanks to all of our campers for a great first week back—see you soon, sailors!