A glorious Happy New Year and New Decade to all of you in the Gull Lake Sailing School community. This past decade has seen tremendous evolution for the Gull Lake Sailing School (GLSS).
A few highlights include:
- The Brainerd Lakes Area High School Sailing Team was established in 2018, including the acquisition of four Club 420 sailboats and a new coach’s boat.
- Summer Sailing School registered student count exceeded 85 students and continues to grow.
- GLSS scholarships were made available to community participants demonstrating financial need.
- 2015 saw the formation of MCSA Fleet #104 and the return of local fleet racing on Gull Lake.
- We consolidated GLYC/GLSS assets and activities into the Gull Lake Sailing School entity in 2017. This has allowed us to be more efficient and to maintain a positive cash flow.
- Our organization successfully hosted local, regional and national sailing events, including the Inland Lake Yachting Association Invitational and Championship (ILYA) regattas in 2012, 2014, 2019.
- We are continuing to align the use of the club house (built in 2009) and our programs with our non-profit goals.
The year 2019 for Gull Lake Sailing School was one of continued focus on building the GLSS non-profit community water-based activities, and community outreach.
The following recaps some of 2019 operational highlights:
- The Brainerd Lakes Area High School Sailing Team had 13 regular team members during the Fall 2019 season. The team traveled to numerous regional competitions in the Twin Cities, where our sailors competed against some of the top high school sailors in the country.
- Coach Josh Sullivan continues to build confidence in the sailors with focus on safety, skills, and fun. The team hosted White Bear Lake High School in September for a weekend regatta, with housing provided for the visiting sailors via collaboration with our friends at Minnesota Hockey Camp on Clark Lake. The program fee to participating sailors is below the actual cost and made possible by generous contributions from our sustaining members.
- Attendance continues to grow significantly in the Crow Wing County/GCOLA /DNR boating classes held at GLSS.
- Following the lead of US Sailing, GLSS Board recognized Ted Rogers as a Board level Safety Officer and implemented additional safety awareness measures and signage on the GLSS property.
- The volunteer level through the heart of the summer found renewed enthusiasm. Building this volunteer base is a critical component to the future of GLSS.
- Last July, our MC Fleet #104 was host to the ILYA MC Invitational with 50 yachts participating in the 4-day regatta. Over 10 different national and regional regatta’s past champions joined in the action to make the event one of the most competitive of the year for the national MC fleet. GLSS had 19 different teams competing in the event, with local GLSS Board member Dave Anderson leading our fleet.
- The GLSS Board continued to implement ongoing maintenance on the club house and the property, including a new launch ramp, exterior painting, deep cleaning of the interior building including the bar and kitchen area, landscape renewal, removal of 20+ dead and fallen trees and refurbishing of all boat lifts.
While the ice continues to grow deeper on the lake as this letter is drafted, now is the time to look forward to the many opportunities to support the Gull Lake Sailing School in 2020. We will continue to build on our successes, while reaching out to the community to expand youth and adult participation. In August we will host the 60th Annual Fun Regatta. If 60 years of local history, boating, and friendships can’t get you on the dance floor, dang.
Our non-profit structure and its need for ongoing financial support from the broader community is always top of mind. We are grateful for all of the support received this past decade as we transformed GLYC and GLSS. We are proud of the tremendous progress we have made at GLSS. We hope you will continue your ongoing financial support, and/ or volunteer your time to ensure GLSS will operate successfully for 2020, and throughout the new decade.
You may make your donations to GLSS on line HERE or mail your check to GLSS PO Box 511 Brainerd, MN 56401 The Gull Lake Sailing School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Please consult your tax advisor on the deductibility of your donation.
We look forward to seeing you on the water in 2020!
The Gull Lake Sailing School Board of Directors