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Indiana Sailing Organization was established in 1989 to offer sail training on Lake Michigan to disadvantaged young people in high schools.Coaches are drawn from regional universities. ISA aims to provide facilities for sailing, sail racing, seamanship and navigation; to improve the conditions of life for young people by giving them the opportunity to sail offshore, working a vessel with their own hands; to foster the spirit of adventure latent in young people; to build a sense of responsibility among young people both for themselves and thecommunity in which they live; to develop a sense of teamwork, safety, preparedness, and environmental awareness; to broaden horizons for learning, further education, and careers. ISA is run on the basis that young people sail, learn,and work. Those who sail are active partners in a maritime enterprise.
From the start, ISA set out to give young people far more than just sailing experience. The sea and the sailboat demand a degree of self-reliance, self-discipline and self-confidence. Working as a team in all weathers and seas calls for and develops new skills. Preparedness, discipline, teamwork and safety are essential. Young people wash, wax, polish, work nautical checklists, learn legal requirements,navigation and racing rules.
Basic training is aboard large keelboats. Racing is in a matched fleet of Soling Olympic class sailboats.Exercises, practice races, coastal navigation, extended adventure expeditions, regional and national competitions offer variety.
Adult volunteers manage liaison with local, state and federal authorities; risk management; upkeep and maintenance planning; fundraising, donors and sponsors; curriculum planning; program design and assessment.
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