Sailing school will reach 10-year milestone in 2018

Published 5:47 pm Tuesday, November 14, 2017

One of Washington’s signature waterfront activities will reach a milestone in 2018.

During its Nov. 6 meeting, the City Council learned about that significant occurrence from David Norwood, president and chairman of Little Washington Sailing School. “Next year marks our 10th anniversary, and we want to officially thank the City of Washington for its support over the years,” Norwood told the council. “The sailing program was started to promote water safety and sailing instruction to local youth from the downtown waterfront. … The sailing program was anticipated to increase and enhance activity on the Washington waterfront for both boats and pedestrians, and by its very presence provide a visually attractive scene of white sails, youthful laughter and claps of joy from the spectators.”

Norwood said the sailing school, which began as the Little Washington Sailing Club, has accomplished its original goals and much more. “Washington can boast of having one of the premiere sailing schools on the East Coast. In 2018, we will instruct a hundred and fifty sailors, ages 9 to 18, in water safety, environmental awareness through our … river cleanup program and reading weather conditions,” Norwood said.

The sailing school’s students come from across the nation and around the world, he noted. The sailing school works with the Beaufort County Police Activities League science and technology students, Norwood said. In past years, the sailing school conducted nine weekly sessions. In 2018, Norwood said, 10 weekly sessions are scheduled.

Those weekly sessions include classroom instruction and on-the-water, hands-on training on the Pamlico River.

Mayor Mac Hodges, whose property-assessment office on Water Street has a view of the river, said, “It looks good out there. Every day during the summer, I see them (students and sailboats) going by.”

The sailing school uses six 14-foot-long Vanguard 420 sailboats and Optimist Prams, ensuring students are matched with sailboats that are appropriate for them, according to the LWSS website — — which provides details about the sailing school.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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