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Sailing program has open house Saturday

Michael Schmidt

An open house and registration will be held for the Mathews Sailing Team’s Spring Training program from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Sign-up will be at Morningstar Marina on Mill Point Road at Hudgins.

Training begins March 3 and will continue through May 16. All are welcome, from novice to sailing master.

The community-sponsored youth sailing team has been approved through the Virginia Corporation Commission, said a press release, and it is associated with the Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association through the team’s new coach, Michael Schmidt of Hallieford.
New coach
Schmidt took over this year from Craig Ciszewski, who began the program last year but has since moved away.

After assisting Ciszewski, Schmidt said he is eager to grow the program. A member of Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville for the past 25 years, Schmidt said he has over 50 years of experience sailing and owns six boats he’ll be using, all 420 dinghies.

Schmidt said in his online bio that he spent ...

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