Junior Sailors Take the Helm
July 19-25, 1999

The 1999 graduating class of junior sailors completed the annual Gold Country Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program held July 19th through July 25th. Sailors used two GCYC Sunfish and a borrowed FJ sailboat to learn the basics of sailing at Scotts Flat Lake under beautiful skies and water temperatures in the high 70's.

Moderate winds with the usual "Scotts Flat Lake Shuffle" (oscillations) were the normal winds of the four-day on the water and three days of classroom training program. Students learned knot tying sailing terminology, points of sail, capsize recovery, water cannon fights and cherry spitting contests.

During the class, a special boat naming ceremony was held to name one of the club's Sunfish boats after the youngest sailor in the 1999 class. The boat was christened "Dylan" after Dylan Beesly, grandson of club member Doug Gray. Dylan doused the bow of the little Sunfish with a can of soda and received an honorary "Sunfish" sailing cap from GCYC Commodore Wayne Buti at the christening ceremony.

After progressing thorough the course, students were rewarded the last day of the class with solo free sailing on the boat of their choice and a farewell BBQ dinner.

Special thanks go out to GCYC members, Doug Gray, Wayne and Tish Buti, Doug and Denise Anderson, Hugh Talman and our newest club member Bob Olshausen for rotating through the job of Assistant Sailing Instructor. And most of all I want to give my greatest thanks, love and admiration to my husband Dale Buchanan for his countless hours of help in moving, repairing, rigging, and supporting the GCYC Jr. Sailing Program and for supporting me in my labor of love, teaching kids to sail.

T'hank you again to the students Carly, Luke, Evan, Jessica and Dylan who taught me so much, and everyone who supported and participated in this effort.

-Lynn Buchanan