About Community Sailing of Colorado

There’s sailing in Colorado?

You bet and lots of it! The Cherry Creek Reservoir is one of Community Sailing of Colorado’s (CSC) flagship location where we teach a variety of programs such as youth summer camps, adult classes, adaptive sailing, free outreach events, and even coach a junior race team. Our goal is to make sailing accessible to all in Colorado, regardless of age and ability. This past season CSC was able to share sailing with over 2,800 people in Colorado. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we couldn’t do this without our generous donors who provide scholarships for our youth as well as funding for our adaptive and outreach programs.

Our Summer Camps are an incredible opportunity for adventurous youth, ages 5-17, to experience all that sailing has to offer. What could be more fun than driving around in what feels like a wind-powered floating go-kart? In addition to the excitement it brings, sailing also helps youth further develop skills such as collaboration, creative problem solving, independence, leadership, and effective communication. At CSC we feel these experiences reach beyond the shores of our reservoirs and really expand a child’s life. Thanks to donations made to our scholarship program last year, we awarded scholarships to 54 young members of our community who couldn’t otherwise afford it.

CSC’s most impactful program is our Adaptive Sailing Program. This program provides low to no cost sailing opportunities and breaks down barriers for participants living with physical and cognitive disabilities. Utilizing specially designed equipment, including five adaptive boats and unique programming, CSC teaches sailing to members of our community regardless of ability. This program put over 500 people on the water in 2017! We host dozens of group outings each year with other partner organizations such as Craig Hospital and NSCD who serve individuals living with disabilities. We rely on a huge team of volunteers to help make these experiences safe, seamless and memorable. In addition, during the 2nd or 4th Mondays of June-August, we host free open-house style adaptive sailing nights that are very popular. Consider volunteering at one of these events and truly make an impact on the lives of individuals who couldn’t believe sailing was a possibility. These outings are extremely special to us by truly making sailing accessible to all.

If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community, there are so many ways to get involved and prior sailing experience is not always required. Volunteering at any one of these events could be as simple as, signing sailors in, fitting life jackets, helping someone into a boat, or taking photos to document the day. We also always welcome experienced sailors who are ready to put their nautical skills to philanthropic use. Regardless of the task at hand, our volunteers find it incredibly rewarding to be part of such an empowering experience.

See you on the water!

Email Us at admin@communitysailing.org
Call us at (303) 757-7718
Community Sailing of Colorado
P.O. Box 102613
Denver, CO 80250
Tax ID: 84-1284837

Get Involved with Community Sailing

Register to sail today! Click here to view our class list for all ages and skill levels.
Donors provide the funds, goods, and services that we rely on to provide programming, equipment, operations, and the CSC McConnell Scholarship Fund, which ensures that no participant is turned away because they can’t afford it. Donate to CSC here.
View the CSC Calendar for dates on our major events!
Whether it’s helping to open the CSC each spring, greeting people at events, or helping out around the office, there’s always a need for volunteers and opportunities for employment. Contact Us today!

Our Valuable Team Members

Brandon Kass
Brandon KassExecutive Director
Brandon has been the Executive Director of Community Sailing of Colorado since 2011. He grew up sailing on Lake Okoboji, Iowa where he found his passion for sharing the sport of sailing with others. He then moved to California where he directed and coached sailing programs in Newport, Long Beach and Dana Point. Brandon has been involved with a variety of sailing programs for over 20 years and is also an active sailboat racer. He is excited to keep growing and developing CSC’s programs to include Adaptive Sailing, Adult Programs and a more robust racing program for juniors and high schoolers. Please feel free to contact him to get involved, suggest any ideas or say just hello! brandon.kass@communitysailing.org
Melissa Gorchynsky
Melissa GorchynskyDevelopment Director
Melissa learned to race at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. In four years, she helped the team earn two National Titles and was named All-American in 2004. She coached Loyola University Sailing Team and raced weekly in Annapolis, Maryland, on J22s and Etchells (eventually going to Etchells World’s in 2014). In addition to racing, she enjoys writing and published the book Sail On: Insights about Life and Leadership from Wind and Water. With a background in School Social Work Melissa is very excited for the opportunity to combine her passion for sailing with helping others through CSC

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