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Students at Machen Elementary School received lessons about sailing from Hampton Yacht Club

Recently, 10 students from Machen Elementary School participated in a fun camp that introduces the students to the sport of sailing.  Arielle Darrow, sailing director for Hampton Yacht Club, partnered with Blessings in a Backpack CEO Brooke Wisemen to offer this fantastic sailing camp event to Hampton City School students.

photo of a girl student tieing a knot on a sailboatA native to the Hampton Roads area, Darrow has 10 years of sailing experience.  Darrow and her partner David Hein taught the students about knots, parts of the boat, how to sail upwind and downwind, how to trim the sails, how to steer the boat, and how to race. 

Janae Sylcott, a second grader at Machen, participated in the event and had an awesome time.  Sylcott said, “It was great to sail with Ms. Katie. She taught us all about the boat.  This was my first time, and I hope I get picked again.” 

Darrow plans to hold a sailing camp with HCS students every spring and fall. 

Darrow and Hein have a huge passion for volunteering and sailing.  They knew part of their energy would be working with various non-profits and giving back to the communities by giving the gift of sailing. 

photo of students at yacht club with a teacherDarrow’s favorite quote is by Kenneth Grahame, who wrote, “There is nothing-absolutely nothing-half so much worth doing as messing about in boats,”  Darrow said, “That quote is so true and shown by seeing the kids’ faces light up on Sunday at Hampton Yacht Club when they were able to take control of the tiller and steer these Sonars around a race course.  And knowing that on Monday when they returned to school, they were able to talk in nautical language and tell all their friends and loved ones that they were able to go sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.  Nothing is more rewarding than that.”

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