Want to enjoy the beauty and breezes of Lake Washington at night, but you don’t know your port side from your aft? Want to finally be the captain of your own ship (or very, very small boat)? And you promise you’re not a werewolf?
Then this season’s FUN TO ENJOY is for you: “FULL MOON SAIL” WITH SAIL SAND POINT.
As these Northeast Seattle sailors say on their website, “Sail Sand Point is a non-profit community boating center located in Seattle’s Magnuson Park. Our mission is to bring the joy and life-enhancing benefits of sailing and small boats to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.”
Sail Sand Point offers classes April to October for youth and adults with the bulk during the summer months. But if you enjoy the Full Moon Sail, you should sign up for the 2019 classes before they fill up. To see their classes, sail through their program booklet by CLICKING HERE. Classes range from “Sailing Basics” to “Racing Clinics.” Private lessons are available to accelerate your learning. Toss your boss into the lake during a company-bonding group event.
Sail Sand Point is an official member of US Sailing, among just 32 sanctioned community programs nationwide.
- WHAT: Full Moon Sail at Sail Sand Point’s Boating Center
- WHEN: Saturday, Sept 22nd at 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- WHERE: Magnuson Park, northwestern tip past Arena Sports: 7861 62nd Ave NE. Enter from Sand Point Way NE at NE 74th Street. For Google Maps, CLICK HERE.
- PARKING? Yes.
- COST? FREE.
- KID-FRIENDLY EVENT? Yes!
Advice from their website for the Full Moon Sail: “We start around 8-8:30pm with a dessert potluck and aim to be on the water around 9 pm. Volunteers will be skippering (or you can take a boat out on your own) RS Quests, Hobie Waves, FJ’s and keelboats, or you can come out and launch your own boat. Boat spaces are on a first come first serve basis so arriving early is recommended.” Also, bring a headlamp and flashlight and dress warmly.
And, thanks to the wonders of the internet, you are hereby educated on sailing terminology:
Aft: toward the direction of the stern (the back end of the boat). (To remember: the word “aft” sounds like a 3-letter word that describes one’s lower backside.)
Bow: the part of the ship that faces forward when the ship underway. The bow usually has a sharply angled hull, which provides less resistance, making it easier for the ship to plow through water. (To remember: you bow forward or shoot your bow and arrow forward)
Forward: toward the direction of the bow (the front of the boat when facing forward).
Port: the left side of the ship, when facing forward. (To remember: you read from left to right and the word “Port” comes before “Starboard” in the dictionary.)
Starboard: the right side of the ship, when facing forward.
Stern: The stern is located at the back end of the ship, opposite from the bow. (To remember: The captain’s face grew stern when someone said his boat had a big, fat Aft.)
BONUS FUNs for the Fall:
- Wedgwood Annual Picnic: Sept 15th 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hunter Farm (next to the 98115 Post Office). CLICK HERE.
- Fremont Oktoberfest: Sept 21, 22, 23. CLICK HERE. Enter at 3503 Phinney Ave. Yes, you can do yoga and sample craft beer at the same time.
- Wallingford Wurst Festival: Sept 21st 4 p.m. and Sept 22nd 10 a.m. at St. Benedict School parking lot. CLICK HERE.
- Wallingford Historic Homes Fair: Oct 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Good Shepherd Center at NE 50th Street and Sunnyside. CLICK HERE.
- Best of the Northwest Art & Fine Craft Art Show: Nov 9 thru Nov 11 in Hangar 30 at Seattle’s Magnuson Park. CLICK HERE.
- Philharmonica Northwest: Nov 18 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Laurelhurst. CLICK HERE.
- Roosevelt Jazz Nutcracker: Dec 8th (7:30 p.m.) and 9th (2 p.m.) at Roosevelt High School. CLICK HERE.
NEIGHBORHOOD: To learn more about Magnuson Park, attend a meeting of the Magnuson Park Advisory Committee which meets 2nd Wednesdays of each month at 6:00 p.m. In Building 30. For their agendas and minutes, CLICK HERE. To explore more FUN at Magnuson Park, including the activities featured by 4 to Explore over the past 5 years, click on the links below: