Back in the days when cars featured a bulky chrome fender, a common bumper sticker summed up our irritation with sitting in traffic: “I’d rather be sailing.” Indeed, to glide along the water gracefully, powered by the wind with no interference is truly enjoyable and relaxing. But it takes skill and teamwork.
And that’s why Camp Gan Israel Toronto will be introducing sailing to the list of waterfront activities. Thanks to Mr. Richard Cooper, a long standing supporter of Chabad Lubavitch, and an avid recreational sailor, who graciously commissioned three 12’ sailboats, in order to introduce this sport.
The Echo’s modern planing hull design, in combination with its light weight and well-shaped Dacron sails, make it responsive and a delight even for a novice helmsman. The custom designed craft has proven itself as a safe rugged dinghy capable of providing dependable sailing with complete confidence. The spacious cockpit has ample room for four people and the rudder kicks up to allow easy off the beach sailing. Rigging and launching the Echo is quick and simple, even for a beginner.
“Sailing is a sport that entails teamwork, skill, maintenance, and responsibility, and it is these features that we wish to promote,” said Itchy Grossbaum, Camp Director. The durable fibreglass hull and deck is Plexus bonded to form natural flotation tanks and positive foam buoyancy has been added to create a safe unsinkable boat.
Overnight camping offers children an excellent opportunity to come closer to nature. The great expanse, lush foliage, towering trees, and clear water lakes, all contribute to a soothing and relaxed atmosphere. Indeed the Rambam notes that by reflecting on “How Great, and How Manifold, is the work of HaShem,” leads one to serve HaShem with a passion.
Camp Gan Israel, Toronto is situated in the picturesque region of Haliburton, and the 207 acre site includes 6000 ft. along the shores of Basshaunt Lake. The motor free lake offers an ideal opportunity to learn how to sail. Indeed, this enduring pastime has been embraced by countless people looking for adventure, challenge, and tranquility. Sailing is an intriguing sport that piques one’s curiosity to improvise and introduce new techniques to enhance the experience. So too, it heightens an awareness to recognize the strength and contribution of others.
So too, there are many other new additions to the site, most prominent is the additional bunk houses and the large parcel of land that is being cleared and leveled for more sports fields.
While the girl’s session in July is full there are still spaces available for the boy’s regular and Bar Mitzvah division from July 23-August 18. For more information please visit our site, ganisraeltoronto.com or call 905.731.7000×225