Sandusky Sailing Club
Published: Friday, August 10, 2018
An act of rebellion gave rise to the birth of the Sandusky Sailing Club (SSC) during the depths of the Great Depression in 1932. The marina where a small group of racing sailors kept their boats decided to raise their rates, so SSC was formed with 44 charter members. From those humble beginnings, SSC has grown into one of the best sailing organizations on Lake Erie with an exclusively sailboat marina adjacent to Battery Park within walking distance of historic downtown Sandusky.
The Club boasts a versatile clubhouse for social and educational events. An award-winning racing program conducts a full schedule of races for both keelboat and centerboard fleets. An active cruising fleet organizes rendezvous and cruises each season.
SSC’s educational programs are run by Sandusky Junior Sailors, Inc. (SJSI), a multifaceted program organized to encourage, advance, and promote sailing. One facet of the program is the Junior Race Team. Youth between the ages of 8 and 18 compete against other young sailors in the Travelers series using Optis, Lasers, and C420s.
SJSI has an adult program providing on shore instruction in April and on the water instruction during the sailing season. Participants in this program are encouraged to race on keel and centerboard boats on Wednesday night races at Sandusky Sailing Club. Food and beverages are available after the races along with lively discussions of the evening’s race.
Adaptive Adventures also has a presence at SSC. This program gives youth and adults with disabilities the opportunity to experience sailing as a passenger or a helmsman.
SJSI offers five week long sessions of Learn to Sail for youth ages 8-16. This program provides instruction on points of sail, wind direction, sail trim, water safety, knots, weather, rigging, and fun on the water! Class sizes are small. Optis and 420s are used for on the water practice. Instruction is provided by US Sailing certified instructors.
More information or to register for classes can be found at www.sanduskysailingclub.com/learn.
This article first appeared in the Summer Issue (Jul/Aug) 2018 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.