Wednesday afternoon OCSC had the fantastic opportunity to host 42 high school students from The Envision Academy of Arts and Technology! Luckily, the weather was beautiful with 5-10 knots of breeze, sunny and clearideal conditions for these young sailors to learn the sport.
The students were a bit timid and unsure at first when they gathered for lunch at 1330. After an inspirational welcome by OCSC President, Anthony Sandberg, the kids donned their life jackets and laughed about the new addition to their outfits. After a few group photos were ceremoniously taken on our front porch, the crew headed down to the docks to familiarize themselves with the OCSC J/105 fleet that would be their training vessel for the day.
Once out on the water the students took turns learning how to drive the J/105 as well as trim the sails, tack and gybe. The kids quickly realized that a 35′ race boat requires communication and teamwork to make even the simplest tasks happen effectively. They also learned that a beautiful day on San Francisco Bay is truly spectacular.
This event was apart of an ongoing partnership with the Envision Academy aimed at broadening the horizons of Bay Area students by introducing them to the sport of sailing while also developing leadership and communication skills. We will be hosting The Envision Academy several more times throughout the season and in total OCSC will get 160 Oakland high school age kids out on the water.
OCSC is extremely grateful to the instructors who donated their time and for the J/105 owners for donating the use of their boats.