Meet Captain Joe Logan. He was a member of the Coconut Grove Youth Sailing Team, which represented the US at the World Championships in Follonica, Italy, in 1982, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1983. Here, in a heartfelt piece, he tells how the club and sailing transformed not only his life, but also the lives of his fellow sailors.
Did you know?
- 2003 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Augie Diaz just won the Star Class World Championship here on Biscayne Bay last month. He also won the Snipe World Champs with Pam Pennell.
- Pro Sailor Morgan Reeser and Pro Sailor Kevin Burnham silver medaled in the Olympics in the 470 class.
- Captain Keith Davids (Navy Seal) US Naval Academy, College National Champion and four-time All American, White House Advisor to President George W. Bush
- Jim Weber, Jr, Old Dominion University, College National Champion, four-time All American
- Kimberly Logan-Gochberg, Old Dominion University, All American, US Olympic Sailing Team, Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year nominee, Head coach sailing team, US Merchant Marine Academy
ALL OF THESE SUCCESSFUL SAILORS GREW UP IN THE JUNIOR SAILING PROGRAM AT COCONUT GROVE SAILING CLUB!
The 1982 Optimist World team consisted of FOUR OF THE FIVE members were CGSC youth sailors, and in 1983 ALL FIVE members were CGSC youth sailors. Unprecedented! CGSC was recognized internationally and envied by yacht clubs throughout the United States.
What was the recipe for success?
Year round sailing on Biscayne Bay (the reason the US Olympic Sailing Center was built in Coconut Grove) and CGSC’s charter to promote youth sailing including the free beginning sailing program. My sister, Kimberly Logan Gochberg, and I were graduated from this program.
Kimberly and I were raised in a single parent home during the late 70s and early 80s. These were some trying years to raise kids for a Flight Attendant traveling internationally. Our Mom, Sandy Logan, knew the sailing club would offer a safe environment for her young kids to spend summers and weekends. Never in her dreams did she expect her kids to travel the world racing sailboats representing the USA and CGSC. The club trained us to be members of the above World Opti teams traveling to Italy, Brazil and Finland. Between us we became national champs in the 420 class, Laser Radial, members of the US Olympic team in Euro Dinghy, 470 and later College National Champs.
This year we lost Commodore James Weber Sr. He was our coach and my father figure. God Bless him and his family.
THE JUNIOR SAILING PROGRAM OFFERS MORE THAN WINNING SILVER, IT TEACHES A LIFELONG SPORT AND VALUES.
All of the sailors we grew up with attended prestigious colleges, often recruited to compete on their sailing teams. Brown, US Naval Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Tufts, Old Dominion, U of F, Tulane are some of the schools our CGSC youth sailors attended; most of us graduating with Master’s degrees.
We still have the ingredients to be the strongest junior sailing program in the US. However, the sport has become much more competitive and we need your financial and volunteer support. Please help with enriching our youth.”