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Yacht Club News: New Sailing Center Opens at St. Thomas Yacht Club

Like to sail or want to learn? Come to the first Open House of the St. Thomas Yacht Club’s (STYC) new Sailing Center on December 11, from 1 to 5pm. The Sailing Center introduces a unique platform that features greater access to sailing than typically expected at a private yacht club for those who live locally as well as those who visit from abroad, beginners or seasoned racers alike.

“We hope to host hundreds of people at our Open House to expose the public as well as current STYC members to new opportunities for sailing at the Club,” invites organizer Chris Rosenberg.

The St. Thomas Yacht Club Sailing Center, located adjacent to the clubhouse on Cowpet Bay, St. Thomas, is currently equipped with seven IC24s and five Hobie Waves. On the heels of STYC’s successful junior sailing program, the Center’s programs will be for adults and include sailing instruction, boat access, racing opportunities and seminars. For example, training courses include everything from Learn to Sail to Racing Clinics. Boat access means club members can have nearly unlimited access to the Center’s fleet for a flat annual fee. Center hosted regattas include monthly series where sailors of all skill levels can race. In addition, the Center is partnering with North Sails University to bring in professional coaches for race instruction in the winter.

The Sailing Center is headed by Dave Franzel, a competitive racer and professional coach who founded the Boston Sailing Center, a business he owned and operated for 30 years. BSC, under Franzel’s tenure, grew to become one of the largest and most successful Sailing School/Sailing Clubs in the US.

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Of the Open House on December 11, Franzel says, “We will be offering free sailboat rides and refreshments along with discounts and information on our courses, boat access and racing programs. No reservations are required, just come to the STYC and check it out.”

For more information, visit: www.styc.club/sailing-center.html

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