Florida Keys
Youth Sailing Regatta

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The Key West Community Sailing Center hosted the inaugural Florida Keys Youth Sailing Regatta on March 23, 2019.
Youth sailors from The Marathon Sailing Center and the Upper Keys Sailing Club (Key Largo) participated in individual and team competition against our Key West Youth Sailing Team. This is the inaugural regatta of the series, with future events to be hosted by the Marathon Sailing Center, the Upper Keys Sailing Club and KWCSC. The series strives to foster the spirit of competition and camaraderie between the youth sailors of The Florida Keys. For more photos Click Here
Participation in the Key West Youth Sailing Team is open to all youth ages 8 to 17 from the Lower Keys. We encourage all Lower Keys youth interested in sailing to come to KWCSC for sailing lessons and to apply to join the Team.


KWCSC Instructors

Ben Hermelin (314) 349-9929 and Heidi Ruse, KWCSC Instructors (804)-832-4731 -- are available for adult instruction and they also teach our After-School and Summer classes for youth. Please give him/her a call if you wish to get adult lessons.






New Women’s Sailing Team
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Youth Summer Sailing Camp

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"SAVE OUR SLIPS"
KICKS OFF WITH CHALLENGE GRANT

Let's raise the match for this important project!

We all recall when Hurricane Irma and a subsequent fierce water spout demolished a critical segment of the Sailing Center’s boat docks… we can now report that major help is on the way.

The "Save Our Slips" capital campaign to rebuild our damaged slip docks received a major boost thanks to a new Challenge Grant of $50,000 from the Edward B. and Joan T. Knight Foundation. The grant will match – dollar-for-dollar – every contribution made to the Key West Community Sailing Center.

If we meet this $50,000 fundraising challenge, we will have the resources needed to rebuild the slip docks. Every $1 “match” gift will provide $2 toward our goal. Contributions are tax deductible. You may call Treasurer Russ Vickers and Commodore Jane Carper (305-292-5993) for more information.

Or if you would like to donate now please click here!




Come join the fun - Free Sailing Lessons for Women on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 noon.
You don't need to be a member! Photo by Heidi Ruse



Come join the fun - Free Sailing Lessons for Men on Sundays from 10 am to 12 noon.
You don't need to be a member! Photo by Jessie Sykes

Upper Keys Sailing Club Flip Flop Portsmouth Regatta

KWCSC Instructor Heidi Ruse took Key West Youth Sailing Team to Upper Keys Sailing Club (Key Largo) to particate in the Regatta. Participation in the Key West Youth Sailing Team is open to all youth ages 8 to 17 from the Lower Keys. We encourage all Lower Keys youth interested in sailing to come to KWCSC for sailing lessons and to apply to join the Team.
Call Heidi if interested (804)-832-4731. Photo by Russ Vickers


Youth Summer Sailing Camp

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OR
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To determine wind speed click the arrow below on Weather Underground. That is the reading we will
be using as our decision point.

Boats can only be taken out when maximum wind gusts are less than 20 knots. If wind gusts measures 20 knots or higher, no boats may be signed out and must remain docked.


Photo of the Week!



Sailing Instructor Heidi Ruse takes out the Key West Community Sailing Center Committee boat
during the Free Weekend Sailing Lessons. Photo by Jessie Sykes.



Key West Community Sailing Center Mission

Mission
To encourage and support sailing and sailing education, and to provide suitable Sailing Center facilities for educational, recreational and social use for the public.
Vision
The Key West Community Sailing Center will be a year-round sailing center providing programs for the public. The Center will support and endorse sailing, with an emphasis on sailing education and will provide social and recreational amenities. The Center will be family oriented and will maintain an inviting atmosphere that will encourage the public to make it their first choice for sailing with their family, friends and associates. The Center will be a valued community resource, widely known and recognized as an inclusive and open public organization, helping people build confidence and skills while enjoying the sport of sailing.
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We’re located in the beautiful Florida Keys with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico through the protected Keys Back Country. The other side of our island home boasts protected access to an extensive reef system as well as the Straits of Florida, the Caribbean, Cay Sal Banks, Bahamas and the Atlantic Ocean.

We own and maintain a fleet of boats. Members have no-charge access to the fleet after they successfully demonstrate basic sailing skills and earn a rating. The Sailing Center also offers private boat owners with small sailboats limited dock space as well as launching and dry storage facilities for sail boats, kayaks and paddleboards.




GUEST COMMENTARY The Key West Community Sailing Center strongly encourages feedback from the sailing community. You can submit commentary by email Here!