Quite often it is very difficult for a sailing club to grow in numbers due to the secluded locations which give them so much character. West river sailing club, located in peaceful Galesville, is far from busy Annapolis harbor where the public often see sailboats while walking the city dock area shopping. Galesville while peaceful offers some of the bays best sailing but hardly has the traffic to bring in new members into the club and have a big impact on sailing community.
So how does a small sailing club sell the sport of sailing to the general public? Club Commodore Teri Neisen and sailing club member Tony Arends thought that if people are not finding our club, let’s take the club to the people. It is no secret that Westfield’s Annapolis mall offers the best shopping in the Annapolis area. An estimated 75,000 people visit the mall over any weekend throughout the year.
It was decided that West River sailing club, Chesapeake’s biggest kept secret, would take advantage of this large target audience and showcase a broad selection of sailboat to the community. The event was titled “Lets go sailing & be Sun Safe”.
The main focus of the display was to promote the Open house event May 3rd at west river sailing club. The open house is designed for potential new members to visit the club, test sail any of the boats available and join current members in this fun healthy outdoor activity.
West River sailing club has a nice club house with full facilities and bar. The grounds are well maintained with grass lawns, beach launching and boat lifts. The club offers sailing lesson for both dults and juniors. Five classes were represented at the mall display, Optimist, Laser, Jet 14, Albacore and A class catamaran. This display was just a small cross section of what the club has to offer. In all, ten one design fleets make up an active club schedule. The one design classes cater for all levels of sailing experience. Juniors can enjoy sailing either solo on Optimists, lasers or be crew on the some of the larger boats with adults like the Penguin, Jet 14 and Albacore. Adults and families will appreciate Flying Scots, Chesapeake 20, International canoes, 505 and the speedy A class catamaran.
Keel boats and cruisers also make up a large part of the membership and enjoy the club facilities. A newly formed model yacht fleet has been introduced this winter with great success. Other activity includes seminars and tuning clinics throughout the year.
Go to http://www.sailingsource.com/wrsc/about.html to learn more about being part of this fun family club.
Another import message that WRSC wanted to share with the public is Sun safety. Three skin cancer representatives Debbie Russell (America cancer society), Roberta Herbst and Sharon Kairis ( Coalition for Skin Cancer Prevention ) were on hand to answer question and promote skin cancer prevention and early detection. The American Cancer Society provided a Dermoscan machine that analyzes sun damage to the skin. The machine does not detect skin cancer but will certainly remind you how protecting your skin will prevent invisible skin damage. Go to www.cancer.org to learn more about skin cancer prevention and early detection.