Well I have had to make some difficult decisions lately about the course Sail Nelson will take for the 2020 season. Based on the current situation with the corona virus, I have decided that I will not be offering face-to-face instruction for the 2020 season.

This was not an easy decision for me to make, as I have been getting a lot of calls from people who want to learn to sail so they can socially isolate safely on our beautiful lake. I too am looking forward to extended sailing trips on Spindrift this summer with the family. Unfortunately, based on the layout of the boat and the tasks that are required during an on-water course, I cannot accommodate an appropriate amount of social distancing, which has led me to this decision.

As I do not think that these recommendations are going to change in the near future, I have decided to refund the existing registrations and focus my efforts on boat projects, online training options and more time with the family.

I am disappointed that I will not be training new sailors this year as that is why I love teaching so much. Watching the smiles and excitement as we glide through the water under wind power is something you cannot replace. I take great pride in teaching and helping others to learn safe ways to have fun out of the water and I am going to miss all of the new faces and friends that I would have made this season.

If you were planning to take a course this summer I hope that you keep in touch so we can get you registered for next year. If all goes well we will start our courses in early April and run straight through to November 2021. I had great plans to make this season my best yet with introducing Sip & Sails, special occasion sails, women’s only events, sailing seminars and much more. Alas, I will have more time to perfect these offerings so I can bring even more excitement and fun to the community in 2021.

Stay healthy and safe,

Captain Penny


  1. Capt Penny:

    You and the family hang in there, it will get better either through adaptation or a cure or something. We’re on the boat in Baja, BCS Mexico but were unable to come home to see family and can’t really move around too much as things are mostly closed. Life here isn’t like in the US but everywhere is having challenges. Hang in there-
    Chad- http://www.LiveFree2SailFast.com

    1. Thanks Chad. A boat is a good place to be right now while the world sorts out these new challenges! Stay healthy and safe and thanks for the link!


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