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UMYC Open House
May 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
The Upper Minnetonka Sailing School and Upper Minnetonka Yacht Club are holding their annual Open House – Friday, May 19 from 4-8PM at The Yacht Club, 4165 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park, MN on Lake Minnetonka. The general public is invited to enjoy a free sailboat ride, with a school instructor at the helm. The Upper Minnetonka Sailing School will offer rides on its 23- foot teaching boat, ‘Sailing School,’ along with several other 16’-23’ sailboats. The Open House includes knot-tying demonstrations and a chance to meet racers and instructors of the Upper Minnetonka Yacht Club and Upper Minnetonka Sailing School. Sailboat rides are free, on a first-come, firstregistered basis. You may pre-register for a ride by calling 612-871-8101. Captain Joan Gilmore, Instructor Evaluator for American Sailing Association (ASA), and lead instructor for the school says, “I want to welcome all who would like to try sailing. Our sailing school has helped hundreds of adults go from “just dreaming” to live-aboard cruising. Sailing is the perfect economical, environmentallyfriendly way to enjoy the water.” This year all students who complete the Basic Keelboat 12-hour on-thewater course will receive a complimentary membership in the Upper Minnetonka Yacht Club for the rest of the summer; a $125 value. The school offers adult beginning to advanced courses, including Sailing Discovery, an introductory 2-hour onwater course that is offered throughout the summer. The most popular course is a 12-hour learn-to-sail course: ASA-101 Basic Keelboat. The follow-on course, ASA-103 Basic Cruising adds motoring, anchoring and Rules of the Road. After these courses students may take the live-aboard course, ASA 104 Bareboat Chartering on Lake Superior or in the Virgin Islands through Sail Away Sailing School, LLC. The ASA 104 Bareboat Chartering course is the equivalent of a European Boat License, required in many countries to operate a boat