Nonprofit Teaches Children to Sail on Lake Nokomis

July 11, 2018 03:07 PM

More than 100 kids cooled off at Lake Nokomis on Wednesday, heading out on the water to sail.

They went out on the water in groups with volunteers from the nonprofit Youth Sailing Resources, Sea Scouts (a branch of Boy Scouts) and people who frequently boat on the lake.

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“They will probably teach them a few things because on a sailboat people have to do things to help the skipper, not just ride along, so it'll be fun,” said Jim McKie, the president of Youth Sailing Resources.

Urban Ventures partnered with Youth Sailing Resources for the outing. Urban Ventures fights poverty and helps provide children new opportunities in South Minneapolis.

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Many of the kids haven’t had the chance to sail before.

McKie told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that one of the most rewarding parts of the day is seeing children who are apprehensive to go out on the water, return with smiles on their faces.

“Having fun on the water, just a great day out,” said McKie. “Maybe they even get a little bit of an interest in sailing, which would be really fun.”

This is the fifth year of the event. It’s grown from about 20 kids to more than 100.

The groups went out in about eight to 10 boats, many have been donated to Youth Sailing Resources over the past several years.

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