Statement to Give
Our need is great, our responsibility to the community is greater
The demand for an educational boating center in the greater West Metro is growing every year. Current levels of population have created demand for boating education that far exceeds the limited availability of public access programs to area lakes,
especially for sailing.
At present, Lake Minnetonka has very limited access for individuals to launch small sailboats and sail.
In addition, there is very limited opportunity for non-boat owners to enjoy sailing on the lake.
The need is growing, and WCSC an meet the growing needs of the community IF it has a facility that meets the needs of the programs and participants.
Serving the Community
The Wayzata Community Sailing Center (WCSC) was founded in 1980 by members of the Wayzata Yacht Club for the purpose of teaching the sport of sailing to children and adults.
WCSC has grown to be one of the largest community sailing centers in the Midwest and serves the entire Twin Cites metro area, reaching approximately 1,200 children, 100’s of adults, and countless families & community members through regattas, events, and outreach.
Diversity of Programming
WCSC helps coach competitive high school racing, hosts regattas and teaches sailing to children & adults from all different backgrounds, who may not otherwise have a chance to experience sailing.
It provides a platform to teach about the environment and the importance of caring for and preserving Lake Minnetonka.
Building a New Facility
Given its success and growth, WCSC is well poised to move into the future, remaining at the forefront of the sailing community and contributing to the ever-evolving city of Wayzata and lake-front. In order to continue on its trajectory of growth and secure its existence well into the future, the WCSC needs a new brick and mortar facility to meet the expanding needs of its constituents.
After acquiring the Rosecranz property at 456 Arlington Circle South in Wayzata, the Wayzata Sailing Foundation is ready to embark on building a center that could do the following:
-Provide year-round public access to Lake Minnetonka through educational programs and special events, including a community space within the center
-Offer boats for rentals and racing, as well as launching and boat storage
-Offer programs that increase the understanding, and appreciation of sailing, the environment, and the importance of preserving the lake eco-system—a Lakeshore Learning Center
-Provide much needed handicap access to the building and accompanying facility for the existing adaptive sailing
program and grow the numbers of individuals who can take part in the adaptive sailing program
-Provide a safe and innovative facility for area high school and college teams to practice and race competitively
-Allow WCSC to further hone its programs and offerings to become a nationally recognized center for sailing excellence
-Represent Wayzata from the shores of Lake Minnetonka with an attractive, eco-friendly, building whose design adheres
to the character and aesthetic of the original structure