About Community Sailing of Colorado


With the sport of sailing, Community Sailing of Colorado teaches sailing skills, builds confidence through knowledge and experience and creates fun and memorable experiences for all participants.

Community Sailing of Colorado, or CSC as it is popularly referred to, was established in 1995 on Standley Lake in Westminster, Colorado as a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Today, Community Sailing of Colorado operates a youth Summer Sailing Camp for children between the ages of 5 and 17 at the Cherry Creek and Boulder Reservoirs. CSC also hosts seasonal sailing classes for youth,  Adult Classes and a Junior Race Teams for young athletes interested in competing in the sport of sailing, in both Boulder and Cherry Creek.

CSC’s Elevate Adaptive Sailing Program breaks down barriers for participants with physical and cognitive disabilities. Utilizing specialized equipment and unique programming, CSC teaches sailing to members of our community who are both able-bodied and disabled.

CSC offers programs during the months of April to October in both Boulder and Denver.

Mission: “Make sailing in Colorado accessible to all. Teach skills, build confidence & have fun!”

Vision: “Our Community, enriched by the sailing experience.”

Outreach: Provide a summer camp sailing experience to all youth at an affordable cost regardless of economic standing- sliding-scale and full scholarships are available. Offer free family sail nights during the summer months. Host series of free adaptive sailing events to community.

Community Sailing provides youth with a safe place to learn basic and advanced sailing techniques; and upon learning the basics of sailing provide the use of sailboats to practice sailing and further that knowledge. Instruction is both practical and theoretical; including on-water drills and instruction and  theoretical on-shore discussion. Sailing topics include boat handling, right of way, safety, navigation and docking.

Skills developed in a sailing environment include self-confidence, safety, good communication, planning, thoughtful decision making, self sufficiency, teamwork, and other skills that will carry on into a youth’s adult life.

Sailing classes are conducted by professional US Sailing certified sailing instructors; and are assisted by volunteer instructors. All testing is conducted by US Sailing and Community Sailing certified instructors.

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 with Community Sailing of Colorado for over 5 years. He grew up sailing on Lake Okoboji, Iowa where he found his passion for sharing the sport of sailing with others. Brandon has been instructing or directing sailing programs for almost 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, high schoolers and college teams. Please feel free to contact him to get involved, suggest any ideas or say just hello!
Melissa Deveney
Melissa DeveneyDevelopment 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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