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Students enjoy being on the water

Paige Judson, Staff writer

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With both her parents being sailors, it was inevitable that freshman Ellie Keessen, who has been around sailing since she was just 8 months old, would become a sailor too.

At age 7, Keessen found herself on a boat for the first time by herself sailing at camps and in regattas.
Eventually, her sailing has come full circle as she is now helping beginning sailors.

“Over the summer, I got the opportunity to work at the same summer camps that I went to when I was younger, and the best part was just getting to see young kids fall in love with sailing because it really is just a great sport,” Keessen said. “My favorite part about sailing is just when you are out on the water by yourself because it is just relaxing.”

Keessen, however, is just one of many students at Shores who have fallen in love with sailing.

Junior Anthony Gaiser is another.

“My grandpa got me into sailing because he was a sailor, and so I thought that since he was one, I should at least try it,” he said. “I love just being out on the water and being able to race people.”

While Gaiser’s grandpa got him started, it was Keessen’s grandma who got her interested when she signed Keessen and her siblings up for a camp at the Muskegon Yacht Club.

Just like Keessen and Gaiser, English teacher Kimberly Bradshaw also got her start through family.

“I have been sailing for 40 years, and I got into sailing when my dad just brought home a boat one day when I was young and so I learned on Mona Lake,” she said. “As I got better, he would keep buying bigger boats until I started sailing competitively.”

Similar to Gaiser, sophomore Hunter Duzan also loves sailing for the competition.

“I just love being able to sail and race against my friends,” Duzan said.

No matter how a person got started, they can all agree on one thing.

“The absolute best part of sailing is just being out on the water and in the beauty of nature,” Keessen said.

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