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Alameda Community Sailing Center Hosts Summer-end Barbecue

Kame Richards, ACSC Co-Founder, Board President. (Action Alameda News)

Kame Richards, ACSC Co-Founder, Board President. (Action Alameda News)

Alameda Community Sailing Center (ACSC), a non-profit aiming to make sailing accessible to Alameda residents, wrapped-up its kids summer sailing camp yesterday with a barbecue and a free sail.

About a dozen boats, mostly skippered by youths, took to the water shortly after noon yesterday while volunteers barbecued hot dogs, hamburgers and shish kebabs on shore, at the group’s storage facility near the Encinal boat ramp.

Kame Richards, ACSC co-Founder and president of the board of directors, told Action Alameda News, “This is the conclusion of our second summer program. We put about 100 kids through the program this year, and we wanted to do a pot luck thing to get the kids back together again. We were focused on having food here for everybody, the kids were here an hour early, they’re focused on going sailing, they’re never going to come back for a hot dog, they’ll be out on the water.”

Roughly 35 children and adults did come to eat, however, either before or after taking a boat out on a cove sheltered by a break wall just west of Ballena Point.

Kevin Berry, vice president of the board of directors, said, “This is an opportunity too for the parents to get out. We’re in our second year so we’re still growing. Next year, we’ll have the summer camp back again and get more youth groups and students from all different backgrounds out sailing. We also look forward to expanding into fall and spring programming to get some after school stuff going so kids can sail year round.”

Both Richards and Berry said the organization would also like to introduce adult and family programs, if not this fall, then for summer of 2015.

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