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Hunterdon Sailing Club Kicks Off 2016 season

Hunterdon Sailing Club's home waters are on Spruce Run Reservoir in Clinton. They race, cruise and teach sailing every year from May to October. Pictured are the Flying Scots. Credits: courtesy photo

CLINTON, NJ - It's not too early to think about sailing. The Hunterdon Sailing Club is kicking off its 52nd year on Spruce Run Reservoir with membership meetings on Sunday, Feb. 28 and again on Sunday, April 3, at Riley & Jake's Restaurant, 1831 Route 31, Clinton. The meetings are open to anyone interested in sailing.

The Hunterdon Sailing Club is a not-for-profit group dedicated to promoting the sport of sailing with instruction for novices and a full calendar of activities for experienced sailors. Sailing events are scheduled every week from the first week in May through mid-October.

The Hunterdon Sailing Club sponsors Learn To Sail classes for all age groups in June and July with continued coaching to develop sailing competence and safety on the water. The club is home to several international one-design fleets including Sunfish, Force-5, Jet-14, the Flying Scot, and sponsors local, regional and national regattas on Spruce Run Reservoir throughout the season.

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In addition to racing, the Hunterdon Sailing Club has activities for recreational sailors, like picnics, scavenger hunts on the water, and a variety if other events. "The fact is, we're passionate about sailing and we enjoy sharing those skills with others who are interested in the sport," said Mark Kaplan, Commodore of the Hunterdon Sailing Club. "We are all about fun and safety on the water. Come out and join us for one of our family fun days!"

The membership meetings will begin with socializing at 12:30 p.m. and with an official start time at 1:30 p.m. There is no cost for the meeting. Participants may purchase refreshments from Riley and Jake's. The agenda for February will include an overview of Hunterdon Sailing Clubactivities, fleets, instruction, activities and events at Spruce Run State Park for the 2016 season.

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