Our first 4-day program was a wonderful success!  Our Gold Star Girls learned the parts of the boat, the names of the sails, how to throw dock lines and raise and lower sails.  They learned how to coil and hang halyards.  They got lessons on the physics of the block and tackle system, making an eye splice, tying knots, and steering.  They know a tack from a jibe, a staysail from a jib, and a sheet from a halyard.  They enjoyed leisure time having a cookout in Northport’s Marina park, swimming, playing badminton, playing cards, visiting the unique shops of Northport, having their portraits sketched, making new friends, and a campfire on beautiful Braman Hill overlooking the picturesque town of Northport, Michigan.

We wish to thank the folks at G. Marsten Dame Marina for their generosity, their excellent facilities from their air-conditioned lounge, excellent restrooms and showers, and their beautiful park and swimming beach.

Here are some cards we received from our participants:

“Thank you so much for all of the work and love you put into this project.  It means so much to me and my family to know that there are people out there that truly care and want to make a difference.  You guys are truly amazing people!”

“Thank you for having us here!  I loved driving the boat and the journey.”

“I had a great time and thanks”

“Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity!  I am so appreciative of what you are doing to suppo;rt our Gold Star families and honor our fallen heroes.  It has been a great week and to watch (name withheld) grow and experience this was amazing!  Your guidance and support means a lot to us.  We look forward to more sailing adventures with our Perception family!”

Click on the Arrows to see Photos of our Program:


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