Young Sailors Continued Sailing After Irma

Volunteerism, resilience, community spirit, hard work and courage? These are the qualities that the fiercest of storms, man-made or natural, often brings to the surface in a community.

For Marco Island Interscholastic Sailing Team (MIIST) students, there was no disinclination in committing a number of hours to the sailing center of island before and after Hurricane Irma. The team includes the students from Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), Marco Island Academy and Lely High.

With amazing focus and speed, they pulled together in the spirit of winning adversity and prepared for Irma, the now also known as monster storm. After the news was spread of an unexpected change of Irma of route from the east to the west coast, these eager, freckle-faced and carefree students united together with admirable dedication and strength in preparing the center of the sailing launch site for the surge and the winds, which were predicted to hit the island.

This is the sailing team that has been organized by the Marco Island Sailing Center (MISC), which is a non-profit organization and work with a mission is to bring the joy and skill of sailing to youth and adults of all ages, so that it is affordable and attainable for all. The students of the sailing center demonstrated the strength and courage, which embodied the flexibility of the Marco Island community (MIC), when they learned that the Irma will hit the island closely. The boats were prepared, and the instructional shed was boarded up. The students observed the call of Governor, “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best!”

The Irma threatened to take their beloved sailing boats, the idyllic white sandy beach, sailing classroom where they had learned sailing and has launched their boats. They promised each other as well as the team, which was led and coached by Terry Naylon and Rocky Cale, that they would be back sailing together one day.