Learning the ropes

News Photo by Julie Riddle

Rookie sailors navigate the Thunder Bay River Friday after receiving a week of sailing lessons offered by the Alpena Youth Sailing Club. The young people, having worked hard learning knot-tying, boat parts, and sailing techniques, celebrated by playing a game of boat tag, zipping around in the water and trying to hit each other with a ball while occasionally being squirted by water guns. The program, which runs for four weeks during the summer, including one week of lessons on Grand Lake, is led entirely by teenagers, most of whom have been a part of the club since they were youngsters themselves.