Sailing instructor Ben Harter kept his introduction to sailing instructions and protocols brief, as all the girls were excited to get out on the water.
Splitting into four boats, each group had a parent on-board to help with steering and any technical difficulties. Once on the water, the girls’ splashing and giggling could be heard from around the lake.
Along with sailing, Sail Sand Point generously allowed the girls to make use of their paddleboards and kayaks. New friends tested communication skills as they paddled through the water, and mothers and daughters used the time to bond while enjoying the warm water.
“I’m impressed with the girls’ enthusiasm and can-do spirit in trying new activities,” remarked Jen St. Cyr, WAAA’s Director of Family Services.
Beyond the enjoyment and exposure to new experiences, an important takeaway of the afternoon is the significant opportunity for impact when companies make inclusion part of their mission. Sail Sand Point is dedicated to youth and access for all. Via their Shipmates program, over a season they provide approximately 60 days of access to various groups in Puget Sound. We are fortunate to join in partnership with such an outstanding, inclusive, community supporter.