TISC uses sailing as a platform to teach life lessons including goal setting, teamwork, communications, and leadership and develop self-esteem. We raise money for scholarships so that no child is ever turned away. This blog is about teamwork.
Teamwork can be a challenging concept out in the real world. Working together on Clipper Cove, however, seems to come naturally to most kids. Smiles and good times overshadow the fear of new adventures or working in a group of new friends.
Here are a few examples of teamwork in action from Treasure Island Sailing Center. A great place to start is at the beginning of the season when volunteers, many from our V15 fleet, gather to install our docks and ramps. As I was reviewing teamwork pictures from the year I realized that even before the docks went in volunteers were at work transporting our J/24 fleet to and from Bay Marine Boatworks for new bottom jobs. Stepping masts on BUGs is first on the menu during our fall session sailing classes which started last week.Teamwork is required for hoisting J/24 sails. The first picture below was from an early season outreach program with kids from the San Francisco Expeditionary School. The second was taken during set sail exercises in anticipation of a June sail with visually impaired sailors from the Morin Sailing School Program for the Blind. Opening day provided many opportunities for teamwork in preparation for the 850+ visitors who attended a variety of event on land and on the water.There are always plenty of opportunities out on the water for demonstrating teamwork whether sailing or paddling. The Cal Berkeley Sailing Team practices at TISC during their season. They sail here and also team up with our shore-based team.
We launched the first-ever Co-Able sailing camp on San Francisco Bay – a partnership between Treasure Island Sailing Center and the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors. This unique program was run out of Pier 40. Kayaking is another “team sport” that ranks high with TISC kids.While the objective of sailing is to stay in the boat most of the time, we stress the importance of feeling comfortable in the water. And in many cases kids just like working together to scramble from the water back into a boat.
Even 4th graders who participate in SSLearn classes have the opportunity to work together and present results to classmates from recent discoveries. Not exactly Toastmasters, however a good confidence builder.
All good days must end. These pictures were taken as kids returned to the dock from an expedition to the western shores of Clipper Cove ( aka “Mexico Beach). Teamwork required all around from TISC instructors as well as their precious cargo.
Retrieving and washing boats usually signifies the end of a fun day On Clipper Cove. As we wind down our summer sessions we’re getting cranked up for the first SS Learn classes to start. Thanks to the San Francisco America’s Cup Organizing Committee and Citry of San Francisco’s ONESF:Celebrate the Cup program every fourth grader in San Francisco will be able to spend a day on the bay learning about the ecology of the bay and Dungeness crabs, San Francisco maritime history, or renewable energy. And go for a sail at Treasure Island Sailing Center on Clipper Cove!
Regards, from On The Cove, Dave G
In the wake:
Speaking of teamwork, the TISC team expanded this week as we welcomed aboard Travis Lund, our new Waterfront Director.