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Discover Sailing in Buffalo!

Are you interested in breaking into the exciting world of competitive sailing? Or breaking into the sailing life? Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club (BHSC) is again offering the opportunity for 5 classes - free of charge! The program starts Saturday May 17th and runs for 5 consecutive weeks. There will be classroom time, dock side time, and sailing time (weather permitting) each session. Last year, most of those 50+ who signed up for -and attended - the classes stayed 'on board' and joined a crew for the summer. Meet us at J. P Bullfeathers on Elmwood Avenue. Come early/stay late to eat or drink (on your own tab! lol)

This event is both informational and the opportunity to sign-up. BHSC will give an presentation and answer your questions. This is not a sails (sorry for the pun ) pitch. It is a legit group that is offering a fantastic opportunity. You will not be paying for lessons or paying for rides on boats. It is voluntary.

It is an opportunity that is unbelievable but true. This local sailing club is offering a chance to learn some basics and join sailing either racing or cruising crews this Spring! BHSC's only goal is to introduce more people to the sport and fun of sailing. Currently, there are still approx 45 of the 50 spaces available for the program, as people have already started signing up through BHSC website for the classes. I will try to keep the information current as to how many spaces are still available as this event grows closer. If it is filled by the event date, I will cancel the event. However, a wait list will be available through BHSC for the classes.

Sailing isn't as hard as you might think! It is fantastic fun! You will learn the basics, and more, through dockside training and hands-on deck experience out on the water. Should you sign up? Keep these in mind: - you must be a bit adventurous - willing to have anywhere from a harrowing /quick-paced, exciting time - to be willing to flap your hands rapidly to get the sails going when you hit dead air in middle of the lake! -you must not be afraid of the water or get seasick easily - PFD's are required (some boats supply them - others bring your own) -you must be able to move around with ease, be flexible enough to climb on and crawl across the boat, able to grasp/pull ropes, carry/pull some weight, balance on a deck --you must not be overly sensitive to barked commands or correction - sailing and racing requires quick orders and corrections at times - you can't pout in middle of a tight situation - have a beer after and all the hard feelings go away - the focus is to get more people to show a committed interest in sailing - - you do not need to be rich or own a boat! - added bonus - if you like to take beautiful pictures - it is a great opportunity on those in between moments during a race or during pleasure sails on non-race days!


If you cannot attend the date set, then let me know and something else could be arranged! Hope to see more BOMers out on the water this summer!

PS if you joined through last year's program - please let the club know if you are still planning on sailing this year, or not, so they can place newbies where they are needed! Thanks!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Just getting off work in Batavia. Going to be a little late!

    February 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    i dont think i will join sailing at this time, but looking forward to meeting everyone soon

    February 11, 2014

  • Patrick W.

    This is an event that I am sharing from the Buffalo outdoor Meetup group considering I (as a 20 something year old from Buffalo) would love to reinvigorate the sport and share my love for sailing. Of course, meeting new people and making new friends is always fun too!

    February 8, 2014

    • Yos

      Thanks for posting this. Eternally grateful.

      February 10, 2014

  • Patrick W.

    If anyone is POSITIVE that they want to join in on the fun, I would register before this meeting happens or immediately after. Of the 54 open places 22 have already been filled by word of mouth from last year's participants.

    February 10, 2014

    • Yos

      Buffalo harbor sailing club website.

      February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    this is my first time meeting everyone. could i have a phone number in case i canot find you.

    February 10, 2014

    • Patrick W.

      [masked]-4953. Feel free to text me - that is probably the easiest. We will have a presentation area set up on the second floor. You'll see the stairs leading upstairs right to the left of the bar. .

      February 10, 2014

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