A BIT OF OUR PHILOSOPHY ON SMALL SAILBOATS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS "WHY 
ON EARTH WOULD I EVER WANT
TO LEARN TO SAIL A
                                         TIPPY, WET LITTLE BOAT ANYWAY???"                                    4/16/08

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    Camano Sail and Power, LLC., has a philosophy, used by many other sailing schools, that the very best sailors begin in the smallest boats.  While it may seem strange to some that learning to sail well in one of these little "teacups" will make them a better big-boat ("keelboat") sailor, the facts support exactly that conclusion.  Outstanding big boat sailors the world over, Olympians, international champions, America Cup sailors, 'round-the-world racers almost all began, and continue to sail, on small boats.  Owners and skippers of big boats scour the ranks of skilled dinghy sailors who have been Olympians and National and World champions to crew and skipper  their big, multi-million dollar boats.  The McKee brothers of Seattle started on teacups in the local racing scene out of the University of Washington, advanced to Olympians and World Champions in dinghys, and are much sought after to run the big gold-plater racers, including being on board during several America Cup challenges.  But, what do they do when they are not on somebody's Gold Plater?  They are kicking butt in their dinghys all over the world.  That is how they stay sharp.
     Some of you have no doubt seen windsurfers delighting in big wind and big water.  Top dinghy sailors lust for the same conditions.  We like to say that when the gas burners come in because of the weather, we go out.  BUT, like every challenging sport, there is always an element of risk.
    There is no question that small boat sailing  is not for everyone.  But, please don't dismiss this aspect of sailing before talking to our staff about the benefits and possible drawbacks that may influence your decision.
   
The dinghy sailing program at Camano Sail and Power uses the national-standard of small boat sailing certification, that of the United States Sailing Association, the congressionally-mandated authority for the sport of  sailing in the U.S.  From the casual sailor to the racer, from the young person to the Olympian,  there is something for everyone.
     At Camano Sail and Power, we strive to make sure that each student knows and benefits from the following in order to minimize risk and maximize fun.
     Some of the reasons for starting on, or continuing to sail, dinghys.  
     At Camano Sail and Power, LLC., we teach you in progressive wind and water conditions, beginning with non-challenging situations.  And we teach you how to keep out of trouble and how to get out of trouble.  For instance, capsizing is a normal part of dinghy sailing.  We teach you how to recover from a capsize and be up and sailing in less than a minute.  In dinghys, we like to say that if you don't capsize once in a while, you are not trying to get the most out of your boat.  The only way to prevent a capsize in dinghy sailing is to.......................................................................don't go sailing!

Equipment and boats
     Camano Sail and Power can provide you with all of the equipment that you need to have a safe and fun dinghy sailing experience.  We can arrange for the purchase of many kinds of new and used dinghy sailboats.  Contact us at camanosail@camano.net and 425-314-9824.

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