Rat from the Wind in the Willows was right. “There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Fortunately for Puget Sound area residents, we live in in boating paradise with what is arguably the largest variety of boating in the world at our back door and an abundance of programs and opportunities for kids to learn how to mess about in sailboats. From local after-school programs to day camps to multi-week voyages to Desolation Sound, on boats as small as eight feet and as large as 133 feet, the options are endless. More than a dozen organizations have teamed up and are holding aYouth Sailing Open House so that parents and kids can come learn about the variety of options available. Programs are available for children as young as five years old all the way through high school. The all-day event is free, will include land and on-water activities and will take place at Sail Sand Point Saturday April 19 from 11am to 3pm. Click here to find out information about the organizations that are planning to attend.