Sound Sailing Center's Commissioning Day
25th year Anniversary!
Sun 05/19 1P to 4P
1P -1:30P Hamburgers and salad will be served from
overlooking Norwalk Harbor and the Long Island Sound.
1:30PM - Unveil the Hanson Medal for Lifesaving, which was presented by US Sailing on Sat 05/18
to a team from Sound Sailing Center including Martin van Breems and Wim Jessup, who conducted a rescue of 8 Kids and a mother at the Cape Cod Canal entrance. Martin is the founder and owner of Sailing Sailing Center. Wim Jessup and Martin were together teaching Sound Sailing Center’s Advanced Course which runs from Norwalk to Maine, which is offered every year in late July.
The Sound Sailing Center fleet will also be available for viewing.
1:40P Hands on Reefing practice along with Grounding and Docking demo’s
3:30P Man Overboard demonstration using Martin’s retrieval technique
Sound Sailing Center is an US Sailing Certified Sailing School, offering classes for adults ranging from Basic Sailing to Ocean Cruising. Sound Sailing Center also has the largest shared use sailing club, rentals, charters, and for non-sailors, evening sails or fun racing on their fleet of 23' Ensigns. Sound Sailing Center is celebrating their 25th year in 2019.
Two misconceptions about sailing are that you have to have been born into it, and that it’s expensive. Neither is true. We constantly are seeing people with no experience who takes classes and join our member program. After 2 years of sailing 15-30 times a year they become excellent sailors. 20 years after our founding, all the local Yacht Clubs are full of Sound Sailing Center graduates who are winning races, making extensive passages, and just relaxing and having fun with friends and family on the water. The Sound Sailing Center fleet uses electric motors on all the smaller boats, and diesel engines on the larger boats, to minimize ecological impact and provide for a more relaxing experience. As far as expense, our membership programs allow you to sail our 23’ Ensigns as often as you want for year $1,680 Week day memberships cost $1,680, or $2,720 a year for 7 day access for one year. Members enjoy also longer sails on our fleet of 32-40' sailboats for rates starting at about $4,000 a year.
"I'm proud of the impact Sound Sailing Center has had in the sailing community. By offering innovative classes teamed with a membership program, our students are out there sailing on their own on my boats right after the end of the class. Single-handing is a huge confidence builder and the best way for students to gain experience, and our fleet was set up to make this possible. We are the only program in the country to encourage or even allow this. This behooves us to do an excellent job teaching our students, since they will soon be out there on my boats!