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San Diego’s LGBT Sailing Club

Posted on: February 8, 2016

Image: Shutterstock

Image: Shutterstock

Cooper Anderson, the organizer of the Silver Strand Boating Club, loves to sail and wants to share that passion with the San Diego LGBT community. The club is a group event that invites new members in the San Diego area to join him and others in the ocean for a day of yachting fun.

Never sailed a yacht? No problem.

Whether you’ve never stepped foot on a yacht or a seasoned pro, the club is a great opportunity for the community who share the same passion and curiosity. The group is for active adults (singles and couples welcome) who enjoy day sailing, harbor cruises to Catalina Island and beyond. They also enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, and sail boating and power boating.

The club started in 2014 and is “a way to try and connect our fellow sailors in the LGBT community, and those who might yet be sailors but just don’t know it yet,” says Anderson. He began to pursue his love of sailing after leaving the ranch he grew up in central Washington and eventually moved to Seattle. After meeting two gay sailors who were based in the Navy in the Puget Sound, the two men gave him a sense of adventure and excursions through multiple islands. They were kind enough to take me under their wings and teach me the art of sailing. It wasn’t long before I was hooked,” said Anderson.

After cultivating his sailing skills and going on his own adventures, he ended up owning a number of boats and traveled up and down the west coast. Anderson wanted to give the community the same learning opportunity and experience he received from the two Navy men and hopes that The Silver Strand Boating Club creates and equal inspiration in other LGBT people.

“Anyone can join, as long as they understand a few basic rules,” Anderson says. “One, We are here to have a great time on the water, and that we require everyone to participate in some capacity (we are not a sunset cruise boat). Two, we are an LGBT centered club, all are welcome but this is our main focus. Three, sailing comes with rules, they are in effect for safety as well as comfort, you must be able to take direction and follow all guidelines when a guest on one of our host boats.”

Membership is only $10 a year! For more information, click here.


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