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What a rush! This week my family dug up (quite literally) my little minifish sailboat that I first sailed and learned on when I was about 10 years old. We cleaned her up and took my son and niece out on Lake Michigan and BAM! I am happy to report my niece is hooked! First lap -- wobbly and unsure. Second lap - calm and observant. Third lap - curious and excited. Fourth lap - hey aunty show ME how to drive this thing! Fifth lap with tiller in her 9 year old hand -- she is HOOKED!
I have some pics on my blog linked below!

If you have a kid in your life, take them sailing on a little boat and trust them to take over. It's a great way to get the next generation started... :D

Zach Aboard: My First
 

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I could not agree more.

Teaching a kid to sail is lessons that will carry them far in life. Sailing is not about the biggest or strongest. It is more about finesse than force. It teaches confidence in ones own abilities to try something new and be successful in the endeavor.
Oooo, I love this! I remember teaching kids with special needs and learning disorders to sail when I was in my early 20's. Kids with serious ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, etc etc. It was the first time in a formal learning setting that these kids were able to succeed. And it was amazing and heart warming and empowering.

If you are an adult without kids of your own and you have a boat -- find some kids -- ANY kids -- and teach them to sail!
 
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