There are moments in history when the Dixie Sailing Club shines as a jewel in the sun. Last Sunday was one of those times. The sail club had been asked to support the Sun Fest in and around Lake Martin over a ten day period. Our assignment was set for Sunday and billed as a family day at Wind Creek. Our assignment was to “raise the sail” and provide sail rides for children and adults.
The day began at 8am at the club. We took two Opti’s, three Sunfish, two Catalina’s, a rubber raft, a kayak, and the
Dixie Starter boat to Wind Creek. The Flotilla was a site to see as it moved up towards Wind Creek. The journey took @ an hour. We had life jackets of many sizes, water to drink, and the positive attitudes of an Olympic champion.
For three hours, one to four, we had a blast. Youth of all ages took to the water. Adults braved the test on the Sun Fish. Many conquered their fear of the water and walked away happy and proud of the test to sail.
We had eight groups of families sail out for the event, all of which, had never sailed before. Our sailing family, the Childers, had their youth sail with other youth in the Optis and Sun Fish sailboats. They guided the new sailors and allowed them to successfully complete their novice trip on the water. I had a seven year old come up to me at the main complex and grab me with a big huge and tell me of his wonderful sail and that he “loves sailing”! His mother thanked us for the event and said she had never seen her son so excited. A 320 pound lady asked to sail on a Sun Fish. We helped her on, explained the art of sailing, and pushed her off. Twenty yards later she yelled for help. We took the kayak out and guided her in her sail. When she returned to shore she was delighted. She had conquered her fear of the water, completed something she did not thinking she would ever do. “I sailed, I really sailed, thank you!”, was her parting comment.
The Alexander City newspaper had the Sun Fish and two youths on the front page. Ron Jenkie’s Catalina 22 was on the next page.
The Flotilla arrived at the club at 5:15 and all was buttoned up by 6:00.
I would like to thank the following members: Merry Hardy, Keith-Jennifer-Matthew Bennett, Rusty-Glen Black,
Stephanie-Paul-Sarah-Ethan-Norah-Olin Childers, Ron Jenkie, Jim Simons, Scott – Mac Roberts.
Great job! The Dixie Sailing Club cannot find the words to express our deep gratitude for your time and effort in “raising the sail” for our sailing community.
Thank you for a wonderful day on the lake!
Roger Smith, Commodore Dixie Sailing Club