Carol Terryberry wants to share her lifelong passion for sailing with the community and has created the River City Community Sailing Foundation to help make it happen.
“The challenge of harnessing the wind will never stop thrilling me,” said Terryberry.
In previous years, Terryberry partnered with the Pasquotank River Yacht Club since 2001 to offer summer sailing camps for youth.
“I wanted to expand and grow this program,” said Terryberry, who is now offering the camp through her own foundation.
Terryberry said the foundation will offer a two-week camp on July 10-21 from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The camp is open to students age seven to 16, and the cost is $250 per student and $200 for siblings and will be similar to camps offered in past years.
“I did not want to change the format,” said Terryberry.
However, Terryberry said next year the camp will incorporate a STEM-based curriculum, and she plans to use “Reach,” US Sailing’s STEM Education Initiative.
Terryberry said she hopes to partner with local organizations, schools and educators to offer an afterschool program in the future. She would also like to see competitive high school sailing.
The location of the camp will also change this year.
Terryberry said the camp was previously held at her home in Newbegun Land on the Pasquotank River and Newbegun Creek. Terryberry has moved the camp for the first time to the Elizabeth City waterfront.
“The waterfront is our greatest resource in Elizabeth City, and it is so underutilized,” said Terryberry.
Terryberry said the sailing camp will have access to the College of the Albemarle Sailing Center with its classroom, ramp and pier.
Terryberry decided to start the River City Community Sailing Foundation in March 2017. The foundation’s mission is “to foster and facilitate recreational and competitive sailing, sportsmanship, water safety, teamwork,
and community service for youth, families, and adults of Pasquotank and surrounding counties in Northeastern North Carolina,” according to the foundation’s website at https://rivercitysailingec.wixsite.com/home.
“I love challenging the kids,” said Terryberry. “They must engage their minds and think critically...The beauty of sailing is it is not easy.”
She likes to spend 20 to 30 minutes in the classroom prior to sailing and debrief at the end of the day with a review session to help campers learn.
Terryberry said campers will focus on a sequence of learning that includes introducing the parts of the boat, what to do when you capsize, how boats move with the wind and how to rig, steer and turn a boat.
“Once on the boat they have to pay attention, think critically and work as a team,” said Terryberry. “They must be mentally engaged with sailing.”
Terryberry said the campers will use 14 boats that are durable and “combine simplicity and performance.”
“We have small, medium and large boats,” said Terryberry. “These boats are user friendly.”
Terryberry plans to have three adult instructors and 10 assistant instructors working with the sailing camp.
“Every summer maybe 15 or 20 percent of participants become smitten by sailing and stick with it as a lifetime sport,” said Terryberry.
“You can learn to sail, you can learn to sail really well and you can learn to race,” she added.
Growing up in Hampton, Va., Terryberry said she began sailing with her father at the age of four.
“I loved overnight races in the Chesapeake Bay sailing under the moonlight and stars,” said Terryberry. “My best memories are the Wednesday night races.”
Terryberry said she would like to see similar sailing races and community events taking place on the Pasquotank River.
In addition to the sailing camp for children, Terryberry said she is offering an adult sailing class this year. The one-day class will be held on July 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“I would love to expand it into the community even further,” said Terryberry.
For more information about the River City Community Sailing Foundation, visit https://rivercitysailingec.wixsite.com/home.