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FSDB Students Enjoy a Day of Sailing Instruction

FSDB ECC Summer Academy students sailing on the water.
FSDB ECC Summer Academy students enjoy a day of sailing instruction courtesy of St. Augustine Sailing (Photos provided by Scott S. Smith - Monarch Studios)

Twelve students from the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind enjoyed a morning and afternoon of sailing instruction and fun learning activities recently at St. Augustine Sailing Enterprises, Inc. The owners of the business, Rose Ann and Chuck Points, hosted the students for a day that included hands-on sailing instruction with actual time on the water, knot tying and a complimentary lunch.

The students also experienced handheld models of sailboats with moving parts. In the afternoon, the students boarded four sailboats, along with the captains, school staff, sailing instructors and volunteers, and sailed the Intracoastal Waterway. Each student had the opportunity to spend a few minutes at the helm.

The program was part of the FSDB Expanded Core Curriculum Summer Academy and included students from nine years old through sixteen years old who attend the school and are blind/visually impaired.

St. Augustine Sailing Enterprises, Inc. is a certified American Sailing Association Training Facility located at Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor. According to owner Rose Ann Points, the captains and crew members volunteered their time during the activities of the day. For more information about St. Augustine Sailing, call (904) 829-0648 or visit

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About FSDB

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. At FSDB, students learn how to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. For a campus tour or to inquire about eligibility for enrollment, contact FSDB Parent Services at 904-827-2212 voice or 904-201-4527 videophone. For more information, visit


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