Juniors

From dinghies and hydrofoils to offshore races and sail training aboard tall ships, these are exciting times for young sailors…many of whom actually write the stories in this section!

Juniors

Community Boating Center Weathering the Storm

By Chris Szepessy

Community Boating Center Weathering the Storm

By Caroline Conzatti, CBC Assistant Director “CBC has been a huge confidence boost for me in the past four years. Sailing makes me feel more free and like I can overcome obstacles. I love to share this feeling with others.” – Carlyn, CBC Junior Instructor     Community Boating Center, Inc. in New Bedford, MA is a youth mentorship and outreach organization that uses boating and the marine environment to involve kids in safe, fun learning experiences….

Juniors

An Interview with Atlantic Cup Kids’ Captain Dave Rearick

By Chris Szepessy

An Interview with Atlantic Cup Kids’ Captain Dave Rearick

In these tempestuous times, our friends Julianna Barbieri & Hugh Piggin and their team at Manuka Sports Event Management in Newport, RI have had to cancel this year’s edition of America’s Class40 Grand Prix, The Atlantic Cup. As we noted in our April edition, however, they’ve shifted their Atlantic Cup Kids Program from hands-on learning in the host cities to online, at-home education. Helming this popular program is Dave Rearick, the winner of the 2013 Atlantic Cup, a…

Juniors

New England Science & Sailing — Much More Than a Summer Camp!

By Chris Szepessy

New England Science & Sailing — Much More Than a Summer Camp!

By Todd Vorenkamp, NESS Director of Communications As NESS – the New England Science & Sailing Foundation – approaches its 20th year serving the community, it continues to expand its reach through the region as well as broaden its educational, adaptive sailing, and adult ocean adventure programs from its base in Stonington, CT. Personal Growth “Sailing Summer Camp” brings to mind a stereotype of kids messing around on boats and avoiding sunburns. NESS’s summer camp program certainly…

Juniors

Atlantic Cup Kids presented by 11th Hour Racing Offers Resources for At-Home Learning

By Chris Szepessy

Atlantic Cup Kids presented by 11th Hour Racing Offers Resources for At-Home Learning

The organizers of The Atlantic Cup, our friends at Manuka Sports Event Management in Newport, RI, are once again presenting their popular Atlantic Cup Kids Program in conjunction with this year’s edition of the race, which is scheduled (tentatively as this issue went to press!) to start in Charleston, SC on June 5. With sailing events all over the world being cancelled, they’ve shifted the focus of this year’s Atlantic Cup Kids Program from hands-on learning at the docks…

Juniors

Creating Pathways: Mentoring lifelong sailors at Sail Newport

By Chris Szepessy

Creating Pathways: Mentoring lifelong sailors at Sail Newport

By Ben Cesare I can’t recall a time when the focus on big boat sailing for kids was so top of mind as it is currently. It’s very refreshing in that success so obviously provides exposure to many of the core values of enjoying a life on the water. At WindCheck, our view is pretty narrow geographically, by design. That means we are watching and listening to what’s happening from New Jersey to the Cape. And what…

Juniors

Building for Success: Students in the Community College of Rhode Island’s Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program learn skills that high schools no longer teach

By Chris Szepessy

Building for Success: Students in the Community College of Rhode Island’s Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program learn skills that high schools no longer teach

By Michael Parente The same students who could barely use a tape measure or screwdriver when they enrolled in the Community College of Rhode Island’s Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program successfully launched their finished products into the saltwater pond at Ninigret Park in Charlestown in August, wrapping up a fun, but informative, five-week workshop learning skills often overlooked on today’s education landscape.   At a time in which career and technical education (CTE) training – otherwise referred to…

Juniors

The 2019 CJ Buckley Regatta

By Chris Szepessy

The 2019 CJ Buckley Regatta

Over 150 sailors from around the USA and USVI converged on the Goddard Park Carousel in East Greenwich, RI on July 29 & 30 for the 17th running of the CJ Buckley Regatta for the Club 420 National Junior Team Racing Championship. The regatta was hosted by the Greenwich Bay Sailing Association and East Greenwich Yacht Club.   This event began in 2003 as a token of friendship to honor the memory of CJ Buckley. As a…

Juniors

The Paul Risseeuw Pettipaug Junior Regatta

By Chris Szepessy

The Paul Risseeuw Pettipaug Junior Regatta

By Kathryn Ryan Pettipaug Sailing Academy hosted its annual Paul Risseeuw Pettipaug Junior Sailing Regatta on Sunday, August 4 at Pettipaug Yacht Club in Esssex, CT. Fifty-eight junior sailors representing four area clubs participated in racing on the Connecticut River. The weather cooperated and the sailors competed under sunny skies with relatively steady winds out of a northerly direction. Sailors competed in eight different divisions on three different racecourses. This annual regatta is hosted by Pettipaug Sailing…

Juniors

Making Sailing More Fun

By Ben

Making Sailing More Fun

By Ben Cesare A great amount has been written about making sailing more fun for kids so as to keep them in the sport long term. We all know the reasons…the structure and competition (and arms race) of racing is not for every kid, helicopter parenting, competition for time with other sports and activities, and of course the “dreaded digital” are all regularly cited as problems. Sailing instructors know this all too well! They have been answering…

Juniors

First Flight

By Chris Szepessy

First Flight

By William Owen McClung     DON’T PANIC! The cover of the Hitchhiker’s Guide flashed through my mind when I learned that I had won the Sail Black Rock/Oakcliff Sailing/WindCheck Magazine essay contest for the Oakcliff Foiling Camp scholarship. Oakcliff bills itself as the premier American institution for developing next-level sailors, and it suddenly dawned on me that I might be out of my league. En route to Oakcliff in Oyster Bay, New York, the butterflies in…

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