Wanted: Volunteer Sailors on Lake Superior

By KBJR News 1

August 25, 2010 Updated Aug 25, 2010 at 11:26 PM CDT

DULUTH, MINN. --- Spectacular sailboats slice through the waves of Lake Superior every Wednesday.

The races are a familiar sight in the Duluth–Superior Harbor.

However, the sport isn't just for experts.

You can join too.

At the Duluth Yacht Club, dozens of boats hit the water every Wednesday -- and what they need for speed -- is people.

People like Duluth's Rikki Gardonio, who has a lot to learn about sailboats.

The Duluth native is learning on the job – that is if you can call learning how to operate a beautiful sailboat a job.

"I Definitely want to keep doing this," Gardonio said as she whipped a quick knot on the main-sail of "The Neverland."

Captained by veteran sea-man Dave Wakefield, "The Neverland" is a playground for sailors learning to ply their craft through Superior's slick waves.

Today, three sailors are learning that craft. Each is taking part in the Wednesday Racing Series sponsored by the Duluth Yacht Club.

You can join too.

Just visit the club's website at www.duluthyachtclub.com

Or visit the club at the Lakehead Boat Basin on Wednesday nights at 5 P.M.

Written for the web by Matt Standal