The racing during the course of the summer involves all the club members.
Ken Higgins, editor of OSC’s newsletter “Gusts and Puffs,” said even members who originally had no experience or inclination to race find themselves changing their minds. He said his family’s first race was the fourth time they sailed.
Realizing they had to make it around the buoy left no time for giving up, regardless of wind conditions, according to Higgins. He said racing challenged them to make decisions and use their skills, and they were able to complete the race knowing a great deal more about sailing than when they started.
“Sailing is all about the boat, your skills and the weather,” he explained
When asked what drew one inexperienced sailor to join the club, a single mother of two sons responded that it was the serene surroundings and the feeling of welcome and support she felt from the other club members. She said she had a boat and a desire to find an activity that her family could do together.
For more information about the club or the 2013 Glimmerglass Regatta, visit www.otsegosailingclub.com.