One of the largest sailing schools in the Midwest is in the middle of a $4 million campaign to build a new headquarters on Lake Minnetonka.
The Wayzata Community Sailing Center has operated for years out of a 126-year-old house on Wayzata Bay. But the building is neither adequate nor accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“It’s an old building that needs a refresh,” said Rob Hunt, president of the sailing center’s board. “It’s the next step in our growth.”
So far, $2 million has been raised for Minnesota’s only accredited sailing center, which hosts youth sailing lessons, camps, outreach programs and adaptive sailing for people of all ages. The money will cover the costs of demolishing the old house and replacing it with a 4,000-square-foot building.
The fundraising campaign will continue Friday, when the 10th annual Wine on Wayzata Bay event will seek to raise $43,000 for the new center. It will be named after Mike Plant, the internationally renowned Lake Minnetonka sailor and adventurer.
Plant, who grew up in Deephaven, was the fastest American sailor to circumnavigate the globe solo. He died at sea in 1992 at the age of 41 when his boat capsized on the Atlantic Ocean.
His mother, Mary Plant, 93, lives in Wayzata and has long supported the sailing center on the lake her son once sailed.