Veterans on the Bay

At CBC we value the brave men and women who have served our country. 

We want to say thanks by getting our Veterans on the Bay! 

Mission: To create a community of vets and their families, sharing in the recreational and therapeutic benefits of being on the water

The Community Boating Center is proud to partner with Growing Veterans for this program.

Thursday Night Sailboat Racing

Enjoy an exciting evening on the bay. No experience required!

Cost: FREE!            *LAST SAIL JULY 22nd!*

Sail around the buoys with Captain Mike Reed aboard his Islander 36′ Thursday nights for a beautiful evening of racing on the water.

Those onboard will have a chance to participate in the thrill of racing around the course.

No sailing experience is necessary but all participants must be able to follow direction.

The boat will be leaving the dock by 5:30pm
and returning by 8:30pm at the latest.

This opportunity is free for Veterans and their immediate families (over the age of 13 years old).


*This opportunity is priced at 50% off for Veterans. If any Veteran would like a scholarship please fill out this form!*

Wednesday Learn to Sail

Take this 12 hour class to learn how to take the helm! 

Cost: $150; scholarships available!

This program meets every Wednesday for 4 weeks, you must attend all sessions.

This course is for any Veteran interested in learning the basics of sailing. Whether you are looking to try something new, or you’re itching to buy a boat and sail around the world, this is the place to start. You will learn everything you need to know about sail theory and how to use the wind to get where you’re going! Be prepared to take the helm; you will quickly learn how to trim your sails and navigate Bellingham Bay! The goal of this class is to prepare veterans to independently skipper a boat.

Each class is taught with a 4:1 student-instructor ratio and offers a great environment for addressing the particular needs of each student. This class takes place on the water, so come prepared to be out on the boat for nearly all of the session.

Monday Veterans Bioluminescent Paddle

This paddle runs every other Monday through September!

Join us on this nighttime paddle to witness the display of this enchanting light. We will take you to some of the best places in the region to see their glow! This trip is great for beginning and experienced paddlers alike.

The bioluminescence phenomenon is created by planktonic organisms that are active from June to September in our coastal marine habitats. Our guides will explain why they glow and why our destination of this tour offers such a uniquely incredible viewing opportunity!

You may request a sit on top kayak or rowboat to better accommodate children or to offer a more comfortable platform for folks with mobility or balance concerns. Don’t hesitate to ask us what boat may suit you best.

Safety is our number one priority, running this tour at night requires experienced guides, good weather conditions and mindful participants. We will cancel and refund or reschedule the tour if the conditions are not safe. Usually we can anticipate conditions about 48 hours in advance but sometimes the conditions change just hours beforehand.

Experience is not necessary, but be ready to be out on the water most of the time!

 

Cost: $37.50 per person for Veterans and immediate family
 
When bringing kids on this tour please make sure you have at least a 1:1 adult to child ratio for kids that are unable to paddle on their own or are unable to responsibly share a boat with an adult partner.



*This opportunity is priced at 50% off for Veterans. If any 
Veteran would like a scholarship please fill out this form!*