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The Marco Island community sailing program will resume in June, following a nearly two-year hiatus initially caused by devastation from Hurricane Irma.

Classes for beginner and intermediate sailors ages 8-13 will begin the week of June 10 and run weekly through the beginning of September. These classes will be held at the Sailing Center site at the Marco Island Yacht Club, 1400 N. Collier Boulevard.

An Open House will be held at the Sailing Center from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., this Saturday, June 1, to provide parents with more information and an opportunity to register their children for classes. Children will get free rides in the center’s 420 sailboats and light refreshments will be available.

The renewed program represents a new partnership between the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) and the Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC).

After Irma hit the Island, the MICSC was no longer able to offer sailing classes for the youth of Marco Island due to destruction of the sailing site. The City of Marco Island worked with FEMA to get the site rebuilt, however after much consideration, the city decided that it did not want to continue the sailing programs due to budget restraints and insurance costs.

When the Marco Island Yacht Club became aware of the situation, they began discussions with both the city and MICSC, resulting in formation of today's partnership. 

“We are working hand in hand with the Marco Island Community Sailing Center to restart the youth sailing classes this summer and we hope to expand into adult programs  by next season as well,” said Dwyn von Bereghy, Sail Fleet Captain of the Marco Island Yacht Club. 

For information and applications, interested parents and grandparents should contact Ms. von Bereghy at 262-719-5570 or dvonbereghy1950@gmail.com.  Or they can contact Rocky Cale of the Community Sailing Center at 609-703-4310 or rockycale@hotmail.com

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