Credit: Kathleen Buckstaff
SAILORS' SECRET -- One of the best kept secrets in the Valley is the
Arizona Sailing Foundation's (ASF) Junior Sailing Program. Located on
Tempe Town Lake, the program holds fall and spring classes for children
One of the best-kept secrets in the Valley is the Arizona Sailing
Foundationís (ASF) Junior Sailing Program. Located on Tempe Town Lake, the
program holds fall and spring classes for children ages 8-12.
The classes are taught in Optimists ó a boat designed especially for
kids. The Optimists, nicknamed "Optis," are basically like a bathtub with
The classes are designed with many kid-friendly games such as racing
for a candy-covered buoy or building miniature sailboats out of junk to
race along the shore.
Designed to handle one skipper, the Optis are a proven boat for
learning the basics of sailing. Optis self-right easily and perform well
even in the lightest of winds.
Students in the program learn how to sail upwind, downwind, the parts
of a boat, and how to right a boat.
ASF is also responsible for a burgeoning high-school sailing program, a
youth Laser team, and an extensive Learn To Sail program for adults. The
junior sailing class is $175 for six classes and runs on Sunday
Pre-registration is necessary. Currently, there is a fall session and a
spring session, but the City of Tempe, in partnership with ASF, hopes to
offer a summer sailing camp as well. For more information on any of these
programs, visit www.AZsailing.com
or call (602) 955-2881.
For those interested in racing small sailboats, The Arizona Yacht Club
has a race series on Tempe Town Lake.