Marine News from the Great Lakes

Kids learn to sail year round at Jolly Roger Sailing Club

Published: Friday, September 12, 2014



Point Place, Toledo, OH – Jolly Roger Junior sailors continue their sailing education in the classroom throughout the off season this year.  The program emphasizes learning to be successful sailors and boaters.  The kids study the science behind sailing, safety on the water, and stewardship of the sport.  Children are introduced to concepts including chart reading, navigation, and boating right-of-way.     The program includes teaching aids such as model boats, fans, computer simulation, and lines (rope).  Kids also play games and do science experiments to bring the theories home.   “These sailors are like sponges, they want to take it all in.” said Don Teczynski, Vice Commodore of the Jolly Roger Sailing Club.  “They are friends, though too.  These kids are from all over the area. This will give the kids a chance to see their friends at least once a month.”

The club makes it affordable for kids to learn to sail. “Joining the club has given us the chance to get our kids into something we didn’t think we could afford” said Jennifer Carter, a mother of three sailors. “Having access to the boats and the instruction has been great for all of us.”

The Jolly Roger Sailing Club has been attracting more and more kids from around the Toledo area.  “There are even kids coming in from Waterville, OH” Mrs. Carter explained.  

About Jolly Roger Junior Sailing – more than just racing

Jolly Roger Junior Sailing Corporation, a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, has been helping kids learn to sail since 1993.  The club has a collection of boats that our juniors sail on the Ottawa River and on Maumee Bay of Lake Erie. The kids compete in local regattas as well as learn to destination sail with our non-competitive 'adventure sailing' concept.  For more information, go to or contact Leslie Dietsch at [email protected]

Contact: Leslie Dietsch at Jolly Roger Sailing Club 419 349 2123

tags: Kids & Pets, Sailing

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