CHICAGO (CBS) — Some aspiring young sailors made waves on the lakefront on Saturday.

Several yacht clubs in the Chicago area teamed up with the Chicago Park District and the U.S. SailGP Team.

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Twenty-five teens from all over Chicago got their first chance to learn a new style of sailing, called foiling.

Professional sailors taught them how to operate new foiling sailboats that lift out of the water with the help of a new hydrofoil technology. They practiced in Monroe Harbor.

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“We want to look for future stars on our roster, but we also want to open it up, and see a lot more diverse bunch of people and athletes, which ultimately, we think, could give us a competitive advantage.,” said U.S. Sail GP Team sailor Jimmy Spithill.

The three-day event continues Sunday with sailing and workshops for the students.

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It’s part of the yacht clubs’ goal to bring diversity to American sailing.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff