NWMC camper talks about her sailing camp experience

hallie kopaldAll, Youth Programs

Northwest Maritime Center summer sailing camp

NWMC camper Winnie Colvin told us about her sailing camp experience and what she did with her new-found confidence.

Sailing camp was one of the best camps I did last summer, not just because it was on the water, but also because of how much I learned and how nice everyone was. I went in and had no clue what it would be like to sail or capsize a sailboat in cold water, and like I said before, everybody was super nice and made me feel comfortable.

I was scared to capsize test, but afterwards it made me feel capable. I loved it and signed up for another week later that summer! Also, after going to sailing camp I couldn’t wait to come back to camp again, and it inspired me to do more things on the water.

In March I went on a trip down the Rio Grande with my dad. We did 70 miles in the Big Bend National Park area of the river. The boat we were on was a plywood drift boat that we had to row and row and row. It was hard work and early mornings because of the time change! I want my whole family to go back and do the trip with me someday.

I am currently building an 8-foot pram alongside my friend and my older brother. I hope it is done by summer! I hope that if you ever do sailing camp it will inspire you to do more with sailing too.