Two teams representing SM East earlier this month came out atop the first-ever Kansas High School Sailing Championship, a new competition organized by two northeast Johnson County men.
Ted Lischer and Mike Duff say the premise of the event is to encourage high-school aged students to hone their sailing skills either to prepare them for sailing more competitively at the college level or just to gain confidence to make sailing a lifelong endeavor.
“I really think sailing is just about the best family activity there is,” Lischer said. “And, believe it or not, we live in one of the best sailing areas in the country — we’ve got access to good lakes with strong winds.”
“We had a few teams who were sitting on the sidelines this year, but we’ve got 10 team who want to compete next year,” Lischer said.
Lischer said he thinks many kids who are exposed to sailing as young children will be attracted to the club.
“We want kids who have some experience with it to come back to sailing,” he said. “This is an opportunity to compete for their school and do something other than play xBox.”