Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sailing and the 7 Habits of Ineffective Travelers

For decades, Stuart and the Treasure Coast have been primarily known for sportfishing and power boating. Many other parts of the country however, have a strong reputation for sail powered craft. New England, the Chesapeake Bay area, the Great Lakes and the west coast of the United States are all noteworthy for the number of sailboats that ply their waters. Given that fact, why would someone work to establish a U.S. Sailing Center here in Stuart, Florida? This week, Talkin’ Tourism will have the U.S. Sailing Center of Martin County’s executive director, Alan Jenkinson, and the board of directors chairman, Jim St. John, as our special guests.

Here's a little history on the U.S. Sailing Center of Martin County to set the stage for Friday:

In 1992, a small group of community leaders envisioned the possibilities and opportunities that a community sailing center could provide to children and residents of Martin County. Later that year, US SAILING, the National Governing Body of sailing in the United States, authorized the group to develop a "small boat training facility" in Martin County. The center had a modest beginning, operating from a trailer located on the Jensen Beach Causeway. With hard-working volunteers and donated sailboats, the center began to grow. In 1998, it was recognized as the nation's, "most creative and innovative community sailing program." In April 2002, the center moved into a new home at the north end of Indian Riverside Park. Like the little engine that could, the U.S. Sailing Center of Martin County has grown into a world class facility.

What else is on tap for this week? How about a list of the Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Travelers. Hopefully, none of our listeners are guilty of these. A St. Lucie Inlet dredging update, what’s going on in the Bahamas as well as events and activities you will not want to miss here on the Treasure Coast will round out the hour.

Enjoy the rest of your week. Gary and Robin look forward to entertaining you Friday morning!

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