While retaining post-school sailors in the sport continues to present a challenge we all need to solve, High School sailing is one of the fastest growing sectors of sailing.. In the Midwest, Melges and The Great Lakes Boating Festival are doing their part to get those teens pumped up with the Melges 14 Stadium Sailing High School Challenge. Here’s the release from Melges:
High school sailors will battle it out in the new Melges 14 at the Melges 14 Stadium Sailing High School Challenge on Sunday, May 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. It’s going to be an adrenaline-fueled regatta on a course close to the crowd. No doubt an exciting event for spectators in the stands. 18 short races in 4 hours start to finish. Participating schools (including Grosse Pointe North, Grosse Pointe South, Brother Rice, Liggett, Detroit Country Day and Cranbrook) will each choose one boy and one girl to represent their school in the Melges 14 Tour event.
Melges 14 Stadium Sailing is part of the Great Lakes Boating Festival, a three-day boat show at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club May 19-21 where the Melges 14 will be on display and available for anyone to demo.
For more details on how you can watch or help out, go to the event site here.