Sailstice is a worldwide celebration of sailing on the weekend closest to the summer solstice – this year the solstice falls on Saturday, June 21, 2014, which also marks the first day of summer. We are celebrating this year by offering a free sailboat rental* when you sign up for any of our small boat sailing classes beginning on June 21. Read More
When you ask Paul Lang what his favorite watersport is he’ll tell you his top three: wakeboarding, sailing, and kiteboarding. To him these activities are simply tools for getting on the water no matter what the conditions are like. Read More
Have you ever dreamed of jumping on a boat and sailing away to the Caribbean? To have the wind in your face and the smell of the ocean fill your nostrils, cruising along while the sun smiles on your back? If so, then this month’s featured class, Keelboat Sailing Level 1, is the first step toward making that dream a reality. Read More
In what’s being called one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, Team Oracle USA has accomplished the impossible, winning 8 races in a row to win the America’s Cup over Emirates Team New Zealand in the winner-take-all 17th race. Read More
We are celebrating the Summer Sailstice, the worldwide celebration of sailing on the weekend closest to the solstice, by offering 20% off Basic Sailing* classes starting on June 22. Read More
For whatever reason compels you to take a class at MBAC and learn a new sport, many people find that the skills that they learn open new doors and send them down a path they never imagined. MBAC Sailing Instructor Laura Coleman is a prime example of a student whose curiosity about sailing led to learning as much as she could and eventually earning a spot as an instructor.
Laura first became interested in sailing after spending some time on a sailboat with a friend. While her first official task as a sailor was watching out for seaweed, she developed enough interest to sign up for one of MBAC’s semester-long sailing classes. She spent a full semester learning beginning sailing, sailing Sabots and Holder 14’s, and knew that she was hooked on the sport.
After completing Beginning Sailing, a semester of Hobie Catamaran sailing came next. And when she completed Hobie, she applied the skills she’d learned to renting boats and taking friends out sailing whenever she could. It wasn’t long before she realized that teaching sailing was a great way to combine her passion for teaching with her new found love of sailing.
The following summer Laura applied for a summer job at MBAC. Having a more limited resume in sailing she initially didn’t stand out in the list of sailing instructor candidates and was passed up in the hiring process. Not to give up so easy, Laura applied as a camp counselor and earned a spot as a Marine Science Counselor. MBAC Assistant Director, Kevin Waldick, says that Laura was an easy hire due to her positive attitude and enthusiasm, and her clear passion for teaching.
“Laura really stood out during the interview process,” states Waldick. “Her enthusiasm was contagious and she was clearly going to be a great part of camp.”
Laura spent the summer teaching marine science and became a favorite camp counselor to many campers. She also found time to expand her sailing education, and sat in on sailing classes to learn about becoming an instructor.
Since that time, Laura has completed much of her training and has earned a spot as a sailing instructor. She enjoys sharing her experience with others and boasts that her favorite part of teaching is the great atmosphere at MBAC.
If you take a weekend sailing recreation class, or one of the many semester-long class offerings this spring, Laura may very well be sharing that experience with you.