Youth sailing camp raises its mast


Port, starboard, stern, jib sheet, daggerboard — these terms are not in a typical 10-year-old’s vocabulary. That’s a problem lifelong sailor and Castleton resident Joe Mark wanted to fix. This past year, The Rutland Herald covered Mark’s need of sailboats for his youth Sailing Camp — a volunteer-driven, week-long course using the largest inbound lake in Vermont as a place to teach children how to operate sailboats. Mark, with the help of his team of boat donors, on-water chaperones and the town’s recreation committee, brought his idea to fruition this summer.

Finley Vanderminden, left, and Zenon Stevenson Prepare the round the bouy. (Robert Layman / Staff Photo)

Zenon Stevenson, right, practices paddling on the front, of a sunfish which is how to bring a boat to shore in the case of an emergency. (Robert Layman / Staff Photo)

Paul Marangelo leads Murray McHugh, center, and Michael Lew-Smith through a cornfield to the river. (Robert Layman / Staff Photo)

Children get practice getting flipped out of their sailboat. (Robert Layman / Staff Photo)

(Robert Layman / Staff Photo)