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Sailboat Camp

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WSVN -- Before raising the sails, you'd better listen up.

Gary Sprague, Aquatic Rental Center & Sailing School: "By today, you should know parts of the boat. Is everybody listening?"

Sailing is a serious subject for Gary Sprague.

Gary Sprague, Aquatic Rental Center & Sailing School: "I've been doing this for 24 years."

As the head instructor of this sailing camp off Pelican Harbor Marina, Gary's been teaching kids to enjoy the experience all summer long.

Gary Sprague, Aquatic Rental Center & Sailing School: "They learn how to steer the boat and raise the sails and how to anchor properly."

Kids ages 7 to 14 learn all the aspects of sailing during the weeklong camp.

Gary Sprague: "What goes in the water that actually steers the boat?"

Students: "The rudder."

Gary Sprague: "All right, very good."

Twelve-year-old Reuben says sailing is lots of fun, but it does take some focus.

Reuben Profeta, Loves to Sail: "If you don't concentrate, then you won't be able to do the tasks correctly."

Sisters Juliette and Pauline have been coming to this camp for five years. They say it's a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

Juliette Gruener, Loves to Sail: "Personally, I don't really like indoor camps, 'cause I'm indoors all the time. Now you're outside, and you can go in the water, and you're in the wind, and it's not hot all the time."

And you get to spot marine life.

Juliette Gruener: "We see stingrays. We saw a dolphin jump yesterday."

Many of the kids eventually become counselors, like 19-year-old Karissa, who comes home from college every summer to teach kids to sail.

Karissa Pinto, Camp Counselor: "It is absolutely amazing. It's really peaceful. You feel calm, relaxed."

It's a wonderful learning experience that kids can take with them into adulthood.

Gary Sprague: "They can buy their own little sailboat, like a Sunfish, and they will be able to sail that in a lake or a bay like Biscayne Bay."

Lynn Martinez: "The sailing camp costs $160 per camper and includes a barbecue on Pelican Island at the end of the session."

FOR MORE INFORMATION:Aquatic Rental Center - Sailing SchoolGary SpragueTel: (305) 751-7514garyarc@bellsouth.net www.ARCMiami.com

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