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Updated: 03/30/2014 08:00:01AM

Sailing camp a new tack on spring break

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University of Akron Sailing Club members Carl Hotz and Deserae Legg, left, talk to clubmates Dan Clark and Jialu Yan during a race on Charlotte Harbor Wednesday. The students were participating in Charlotte Harbor Youth Sailing's spring break sailing camp out of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club last week.

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Members of the University of Akron Sailing Club spent last week participating in a sailing camp at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club during their spring break. This was the second year for the camp, organized by Charlotte Harbor Youth Sailing. From left are: Jessica Bailey, Carl Hotz, Kyle Albertson, Natalie Schindler, Dan Clark, Debbie Keller, Doug Keller, Jialu Yan and Deserae Legg.

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University of Akron Sailing Club member Jialu Yan rides the rail of a Charlotte Harbor Youth Sailing Club 420 sailboat during a spring break training camp held out of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club last week. Seven team members and two coaches stayed with local host families, and held daily practices and races on Charlotte Harbor.

By BRIAN GLEASON

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PORT CHARLOTTE — When one thinks of spring training in Charlotte County, the Tampa Bay Rays immediately come to mind. But for University of Akron sailing club members, spring training is about testing their skills against the shifty winds and tricky currents of Charlotte Harbor.

For the second straight year, Charlotte Harbor Youth Sailing has played host to the college’s sailors for a spring break training camp at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. Seven sailors and two coaches trained and raced in the nonprofit organization’s four Club 420 sailboats, the most widely used design in high school and college sailing.

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