Calling all teens: Bay Sail needs you for two educational trips aboard the Appledore this summer

Area teens could sail away with BaySail this summer.

Thanks to donors, BaySail offers its popular Windward Bound sailing adventure camp at no cost to Great Lakes Bay teens in 2021. As many as 14 area teens will be assigned coveted trainee berths aboard BaySail vessel Appledore IV for two voyages throughout the Great Lakes this summer.

Voyages are four days long and are offered in July. Additional voyages may be
added based upon funding. The first voyage is July 18-22 and sails from Bay City to East Tawas. The second is July 25-29, starting in East Tawas and ending in Bay City.

If interested in sponsoring a voyage, please contact Katelyn Day at

Windward Bound is a co-ed, live-aboard voyaging experience for teens aged 14 to 18. A maximum of seven trainees at a time sail aboard the 85-foot schooner Appledore IV.

During voyages, the program focuses on seamanship and freshwater science, which means learning the art of traditional sailing and studying the ecology of the lakes that supply more than 20% of the planet’s surface fresh water. As the ship sails between ports, participants stand a regular watch while learning every aspect of running the ship, from navigation to meal preparation.

Each voyage takes participants on a unique experience determined in part by the destination and the amount of time it takes to reach each port.

A Windward Bound application is available at Applications are due at midnight April 21.

Recognizing the significant impact on individual trainees and the benefit to the Great Lakes that only ecological awareness can bring, the cost to participate in 2021 Windward Bound voyages has been completely sponsored by S.C. Johnson, life-long sailor Dr. Charles Jessup of Bay City, local entrepreneur Rod Hildebrant of Bay City, community supporter Gretta Monville of Bay City, community supporter Kathy Czerwinski of Bay City, and community supporter Sue Sozanski of Midland.

Appledore IV and Appledore V are owned and operated by BaySail, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Bay City, Michigan. BaySail holds a travel camp license through the State of Michigan and its vessels are licensed and inspected by the US Coast Guard. In addition to sail training programs, BaySail also offers environmental education programs and public sailing opportunities.

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