Kids at the Mobile Optimist Sailing School’s day camp sail just off of Canal Beach on Thursday

MOSS day camp sets sail

MOSS sailing day camp a big success in Alberni this year.

“Two lines! Nobody gets to eat lunch till  you’re in two lines!’ yelled Max Westgate, instructor at the Mobile Optimist Sailing School’s (MOSS) day camp.

The camp, which runs Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. – 3:30p.m., started seven years ago in an effort to star up sailing communities in places where there weren’t any before. Port Alberni, along with Sooke and Whitehorse count among their biggest successes.

[The kids] learn pretty much all the basics to do with sailing and I often find that it’s more beneficial to learn things like teamwork and listening skills,” said Westgate. “So the sailing is our aim but as long as they leave with a positive memory of what watersports are in general, we’ve done our job.”

MOSS seems to be doing pretty well at that.

“Out of all the [camps] I’ve been to, this one’s probably a five star,” said Dave McCutcheon, one of the 22 kids at this week’s camp. “These [boats] are a bucket of fun.”

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