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Teaching Kids To Sail Is No Vice!

Noel A. Palella - Vice President

Noel in his hand-built sailboat

In the mid 1960's, at the age of 10, I began sailing at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club and Coral Reef Yacht Club, in Miami. From the first time I took the tiller I was hooked. Aside from sailing Opti’s and Sunfish in competition, I sailed for recreation just about every weekend, in all manner of boats - anything I could borrow or hitch a ride on.

When I moved to Daytona in 1990, I was a fish out of water, and I was unable to sail at all until about 10 years ago, when I purchased an O’Day 19. Then, about 4 years ago, I built a 15' sprit-rigged sailing dory, that I sail whenever possible on the Halifax River, or in nearby lakes.

Because I was fortunate to have received formal and informal sailing instruction since my childhood days, I have come to understand that the value of such instruction is immeasurable - it can really change a kid’s life - for the better.
Therefore, I believe that those of us adults who love sailing owe it to the youngsters in our community to do what we can to provide them with the same opportunity we had to take up sailing - and to instill in them an appreciation for the marine environment.

Steve Caron - President
Pete Haley - Board Member
Open - Fleet Captain



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