Hobie Fleet 204, located at Therre's Marina here on Oneida Lake, recently hosted 11 Counselors from the NYS Sheriff’s Summer Camp. The Sheriff’s Camp, located on Keuka Lake, is for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12 who, because of economic reasons, would not have an opportunity to attend a summer camp. Each County Sheriff is given a predetermined number of camper slots. Sheriff’s Offices use a variety of methods to identify deserving children to attend. This summer 110-120 kids/week from all over New York State attended over the six-week camp season. The Counselors led many activities, one of which is sailing on a Hobie Cat, one of the fastest and most fun sailboats on the water.
Fleet 204 has been helping set up the Camp’s 15-20 Hobie Cats for the past several years each June. Their boats are an assortment of older donated Hobies. Parts are mixed and matched so the counselors can have a working group of boats for the summer. As in the past, we offered to have their Counselors join us again on Oneida for a training/sailing session on “race-ready” Hobies. A very enthusiastic group of Counselors were happy to attend. Although they have a wide range of sailing experience, they had no trouble acclimating to well-tuned boats and pushing them to their limits with a little guidance from Fleet 204’s well-seasoned sailors. Once the weather cleared and solid steady wind filled in, all the boats left the beach and stayed out a solid 2+hours. Burgers and dogs off the grill afterwards capped off the event. Fleet 204 will host this energetic group again next year!
~Bob Longo, Fleet 204
To learn more about the Sherrif's Camp, or to make a donation, check out this website:
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