The SHYC Sailing Foundation in Stonington, CT recently marked a decade of community programs with the announcement of ambitious development plans and a new name: “New England Science & Sailing” (NESS). The independent, non-profit Foundation offers unique programs including marine science, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, surfing, paddle boarding and fishing for students age 4 and up, and makes them available to anyone.Read more
by DAVID L. WALDO & ALICIA MARTORELLA
The WaterFront Center (WFC) in Oyster Bay, NY provides a unique opportunity for youth ages 6 through 18 to enjoy the marine environment. Through a variety of activities, WFC Juniors learn about, explore and care for the ocean, creating lasting memories which we believe heighten their awareness and appreciation for the world around them.
by MAREK ZALESKI
As they say, “there is a first time for everything,” and over the course of the last year I have had many “firsts.” From my first event in the 49er class to my first Olympic level Laser event, it has been a tough, but rewarding, year.
After winning their respective classes at US Sailing’s ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Youth World Qualifier, hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, CA in January, four Long Island Sound sailors have been selected to represent the USA in the International 420 class at the ISAF Youth World Championship, which will be held July 12-21 in Dublin Bay, Ireland.Read more
by SUSAN CHADWICK
Ocean Classroom Foundation (OCF) recently said congratulations to 23 high school students from Proctor Academy, as they graduated from OCF’s nine-week long Discovery High School program. They boarded the historic schooner Harvey Gamage in September, leaving Gloucester, MA, their families, and their “normal” school environment. In exchange, they received the adventure of a lifetime – traveling more than 3,000 miles to the Caribbean, gaining invaluable maritime knowledge, and learning just how strong one needs to be when contending with the unpredictable seas.
by MARGUERITE KOEHLER
This fall over 40 kids did just that; they came down to the Din-ghy Shop in Amityville, NY and raked masts instead of leaves at Fall Series XIV. For six consecutive Sundays from September 18 to October 30, kids from all over (some as far away as Tred Avon Yacht Club in Maryland and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Bermuda) raced on the Great South Bay while their parents chased them around the racecourse in a kayak or watched from “parent beach.” Many had the chance to learn about sail-ing, while others perfected their starting prowess on a line with 30-plus boats. But each sailor was challenged by the conditions on the water and many made new and lasting friendships. My Dad, Jim Koehler, owns the Dinghy Shop, and every fall since my sisters and I started sailing he’s opened up our beach to host what has become the largest youth sailing series in the nation. It’s something that’s really special to him.Read more
by HOWIE MCMICHAEL
The Storm Trysail Foundation and the Larchmont Yacht Club teamed up to run the world’s largest college regatta on October 8 & 9, with 400 collegiate sailors competing in the 2011 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta on a fleet of 47 boats ranging from 35 to 44 feet. School teams came from across the country to race in the placid waters of Long Island Sound off Larchmont, NY. Three light air races were sailed on Saturday and the race committee started two races on Sunday, but had to abandon each after the wind shifted too much. After the second abandonment the wind died away to nothing and never returned.Read more
A different type of frostbiting has been taking place at Pequot Yacht Club (PYC) in Southport, CT. PYC member Charlie Reynolds recognized the skill of the junior sailors at the club and their willingness to continue sailing into the off-season - long after the junior sailing awards had been handed out and school back in session. Since October, juniors have been taking to the water to sail their Optimists, hone their skills, and hang out with some of their friends.