Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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LBYC hosts sailing course on Lake Belton

By Devin Corbitt

Journal Reporter

  This weekend two local students completed the Lake Belton Yacht Club’s (LBYC) last Summer Small Boat Sailing Course of the year.

 This four-day class teaches participants everything they need to know to operate the club’s sailboats and stay safe in the water.

 The $250 fee also includes a one-year membership with the LBYC and access to their sailboats year-round.

Sailing Programs Director Charlie Daniels taught the classes, which consisted of a morning, classroom-style portion where students were taught the technicalities of sailing and sailboats.

 During the afternoon, students were able to experience sailing first-hand in Lake Belton.

Sam Ferguson, a junior at Belton High School, has lived in Belton his entire life and loves going out to the lake.

 Although he has been boating with his father, he had yet to learn to sail on his own.

 “I’ve always like the water and I live near the lake, so I might as well learn to sail,” Ferguson said.

 Katlyn Dryer moved to Belton this summer to study nursing at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, but she has always loved sailing with her father, a self-taught sailor. For Katlyn, taking this class meant being able to continue sailing on her own at college, but it also meant taking on a challenge that would remind her of home and her dad.

 “I’ve learned a lot in this class,” she said. “[Charlie] is a very good teacher, and it’s exciting. It keeps you on your feet because you always have to watch what you’re doing. There’s so many little things going on, and you have to do so many things at once, but I think that’s what makes it fun.”

 For more information on the LBYC or upcoming courses, contact Charlie Daniels at (254) 913-7334.