Rocky Cale is looking forward to the fall after another successful summer for the Marco Island Community Sailing Center’s youth program.
“Our advanced class really took off this year, which is what we were really trying to achieve,” said Cale, the nonprofit’s president, said of enrollment in the summertime program.
The Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC) provides instruction to youths between the ages of 8 and 18 at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The year-round program, which operates from the Marco Island Yacht Club beach, also provides instruction to adults, includingprivate lessons.
For the first time, the MICSC will coordinate a newly established high school sailing team this fall with members from Lely High School, Marco Island Academy and Marco Island Charter Middle School. Many of the participants in the summer advanced class will be taking part. The team will be coached by Terry Naylon, the organization’s vice-president, who has been MICSC’s intermediate and advanced program coach for the last five years.
“I have a list of 16 kids that want to continue with this, so we’re in pretty good shape,” said Cale.
Cale said volunteerGrace Roloff played a key role in the summer camps this year.
“She was here every single day for us,” he said. “She just did an outstanding job and without her, we wouldn’t have had the success we did this season.”
Jordan Roeberts, 14, of South Africa, was one of the advanced level participants this summer. It was the second year that Roeberts, whose family spends summers here, has taken part in the sailing program.
“It’s awesome,” he said of his MICSC experience. “You get to sail almost every day, unless it’s bad weather. It’s beenawesome.”
That sentiment was echoed by Cole Stonebreaker, 13, of Marco, who took part for the first time, after his family’s move from the Chicago area.
“I like it, it’s great,” Stonebreaker said. “You get to sail every day and it’s Florida, so it’s always good weather.”
Regarding future goals, Cale said the MICSC hopes to be able to add additional space along the beach to enable the program to expand.
For more information about the Marco Island Community Sailing Center’s programs, visit www.marcoislandsailingcenter.org, or call Cale at 239-642-1825, or the City of Marco Island Department of Parks and Recreation at 239-642-0575.