Sailing camp teaches all levels


Luke Andritsch was sold immediately on the Indianapolis Sailing Club.

“I started going to sailing camp when I was in second grade and immediately fell in love. The counselors were amazing and the experience of learning a new sport in a camp environment that took place on the water and on land hooked me,” Andritsch said. “I went back every summer for multiple weeks, learning new things about sailing, myself and working with others every year. This led me to becoming a counselor at sailing camp and getting to teach and show how special this place is to others.”

Andirtsch, a 19-year-old Fishers resident, will be a counselor.

“Sailing camp is a place for me that symbolizes joy, and our staff works hard to make sure that is how the campers experience it each summer,” said Andirtsch, a 2022 Hamilton Southeastern High School graduate who attends Butler University.

The camps run for six weeks from June 12 to July 28 for ages 8-17.

Michelle Sarber, the club’s junior sailing director, said there are beginner to advanced levels. Campers get divided by age and experience.

“Each week is different due to the different experience levels of the campers,” Sarber said. “That helps to keep each week new and fresh. We have a ranking system if campers choose to participate. There are seven levels. Kids who really want to learn to sail come back year after year to complete the ranks.”

The Indianapolis Sailing Club accomplished a major goal in 2022 by establishing a nonprofit education organization to better support its training programs. The charitable educational organization is called Indianapolis Sailing Club Academy Inc. The ISCA runs both youth and adult training programs for members and non-members of the sailing club, Sarber said.

The sailing camp program has been in existence for almost 70 years. Saber said the academy will help the camp reach children who might not be able to attend without a scholarship. He said camp staff teaches sailing skills on and off the water, including boat parts and awareness, capsizing drills, knot tying, docking, weather awareness and fun activities.

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