Learn to sail unfurls at Kukui Grove

LIHUE — Tie a knot, earn some candy, said Kupaa DeCoteau on Friday night at the Kukui Grove Center.

DeCoteau and Lehua Andersson were part of the Kauai Sailing Association that is seeking sailors interested in learning how to sail.

“We’re always looking for something new and exciting for Kauai’s shoppers,” said Jonell Kaohelaulii, the Kukui Grove Center’s marketing director. “During Father’s Day, we featured the skeet shooting club with its clay pigeons. Now, with summer here, we’re working with the Kauai Sailing Association.”

Shale Shore, one of the sailing instructors along with KSA Chair Carl Andersson, said students ages 12 through 18 are being sought for its Summer Sailing Camp, which starts with beginners from July 15 through 19.

Advanced students will have classes from July 22 through 26.

Classes run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Nawiliwili Yacht Clubhouse and the Nawiliwili Harbor.

Registration is $200 per student, and Shore said scholarships are available.

Shore said beginning students learn to sail aboard Topper sailboats. Students can move up to Lasers, another small sailboat.

“Once students advance out of the beginning program, they can help teach the more advanced students,” Shore said.

She said there are also adult sailing classes Saturday mornings at the Nawiliwili Yacht Club.

KSA started in 2008 when several members of the Nawiliwili Yacht Club expressed a desire to provide sailing skills and boating safety instruction to the community of Kauai.

Following discussions, it was determined the best way to achieve these goals was to form a separate nonprofit sailing association and to maintain a working relationship with the Nawiliwili Yacht Club.

Carl Andersson is the KSA chair with Carol Marsh as its vice chair. Dick Olsen is the KSA secretary and Chris Dorland is its treasurer.

Info: www.kauaisailing.org, 639-3809 or carl-construction@hotmail.com.

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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