Local high schools host SAISA regatta
By Matthew J. Permar
“Good kids just don’t happen, they need guidance and something to do.”
This is the world according to Commander Bob Spencer, U.S. Navy (Ret.), who, after a 26 year stint in the service, spent 17 years coaching the Glynn Academy (GA) and Brunswick High School (BHS) sailing teams.
“Not everyone can play football,” Cdr. Spencer told The Islander last weekend, “Not everyone is Jameis Winston. But kids need something to do, they need mentors to help them learn what they need to succeed in life and competitive sailing is a learning experience. It teaches these kids teamwork and how to work together no matter how you feel about the person in the boat with you.”
After retiring from coaching last year, Cdr. Spencer is back as a volunteer advisor assisting new GA-BHS sailing coach Jeff Betts.
The two, along with the GA and BHS sailing teams and the Golden Isles Community Sailing Center (GICSC), hosted the SAISA Brunswick Open Regatta last Saturday in the Brunswick River between the City Docks at Mary Ross Park and the Brunswick Landing Marina.
SAISA is the South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association. It is part of the ISSA, the Interscholastic Sailing Association, which is the governing body for both high school and collegiate competitive sailing programs.
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