has been sailing and boating since before he could hold a swab!
He first started teaching sailing thirty years ago, first with
the Red Cross then through Girl Scouts (earning the Green Angel
Award), Boy Scouts, Campfire Boys & Girls and other youth
and adult programs. Clifton has sailed and explored the
waters of Kansas, Oklahoma, & Texas including Port Arthur,
Galveston Bay, around Galveston Island, and into the Gulf of
Mexico. He's also sailed on Long Island Sound, the Delaware River,
and the ice-clear fjords of Norway.
Now living in Olathe, Clifton
has been leading the adult sailing program on Shawnee Mission
Lake for Johnson County Parks and Recreation, getting ready for
his third year there. Almost every class is full of local adults
wanting to learn the enjoyment of sailing!
OPSC- Youth Sailing
Seeing a need for sailing classes
open to all area youth, last year he approached Olathe Parks
officials about starting a sailing program on Lake Olathe at
the unused swimming beach and bath house. With help from members
County Sailing Association he was able to get the program
underway. Clifton got one sailboat donated and by the end of
summer, the sailing club got two more small boats donated, and
in March of '07 Clifton got a 12-foot Minifish donated. So OPSC
now has two canoes and four small sailboats.) (Larger sailboats
are needed to improve services to older youth. Fourteen-foot
Sunfish or Dolphin Seniors would be ideal just in case you know
of one sitting in someone's garage which they could donate for
a tax write-off!!! Contact Clifton)
Clifton and Jackie sail their
family boat, a 23-foot Venture Newport at Perry Lake. This is the
boat that has sailed the waters of the Midwest, Galveston area
and the Gulf of Mexico.
It is a unique cutter. Years
ago Clifton created an online sailing club for owners of this
unique classic designed boat. The club has grown since he formed
it in 1998 to over 350 members around the world! Visit their
clubhouse & virtual docks at... geocities.com/venturenewport
(Info on Clifton's adult sailing instruction...)
Email or call Clifton for
more info at...
Cl Ph- 913-220-5177