Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race
Youth Sailing Programs
The Marion Bermuda Race is a 501(c)(3) organization and among other educational efforts, supports Youth Sailing programs. Children represent the future of sailing and we hope to encourage their stewardship of, participation in and love of the sport. We believe that sailing helps build leadership, personal responsibility, communication, problem solving and teamwork skills that will benefit and enhance the lives of our world’s children for their future.
Community Boating Center of New Bedford
Community Boating Center’s mission is to enrich the lives of New Bedford area residents through boating. They use sailing to teach positive life values to the residents and especially the young people of Greater New Bedford.
Community Boating Center of New Bedford (CBC) is a non-profit educational organization which provides people from the Greater New Bedford area with challenging and enriching new experiences through boating. Community Boating Center offers a variety of educational and recreational programs throughout the year built on the rich waterfront heritage of New Bedford. Community Boating Center strives to instill in the young and continue to teach people of all ages the value of integrity, sound judgment, teamwork and environmental awareness. They do this by offering educational opportunities and access to the marine environment, regardless of means, through instruction, mentoring and coaching. Nearly 80% of the children that participate in the summer program attend on a full scholarship. 600 children between the ages of five and sixteen go through the program each summer.
Community Boating Center is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, supported entirely through program fees, grants, and the voluntary contributions of caring and concerned citizens, corporations and foundation.
A donation check for $1500 was presented by Graham Quinn and Chip Johns (Commodore, Beverly Yacht Club) to Peter Durant, Executive Director Community Boating Center of New Bedford, on February 17, 2011.
“Children represent the future of sailing and we hope to encourage their stewardship of, participation in and love of the sport”, says Liz Stott, Director of Marketing Marion Bermuda Race. “We believe that sailing helps build leadership, personal responsibility, communication, problem solving and teamwork skills that will benefit and enhance the lives of our world’s children for their future.”
Courageous Sailing - Transforming children’s lives through sailing
Courageous Sailing envisions a community that embraces sailing as a platform for life-long learning, personal growth and leadership. They provide a center of sailing excellence that is committed to removing barriers to access for all Boston youth, the public and people with physical and intellectual challenges.
Courageous Sailing was established in 1987 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in a joint effort between the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the late South Boston sailing enthusiast Harry McDonough. Courageous Sailing has since grown into a dynamic, multi-faceted educational facility serving over 1,000 at-risk and disadvantaged children each year. Through the organization’s Courage Curriculum, young sailors develop essential leadership competencies in personal responsibility, communication, problem-solving, teamwork and stewardship. Demand for Courageous Sailing’s programs is at a record high with close to two-thirds (600) of the eager young children who attempt to register for our summer program being turned away due to a lack of sufficient capacity.
The organization’s name was inspired by the America’s Cup 12 meter "Courageous" which once lived at Pier 4 in the Charlestown (MA) Navy Yard. This two-time America’s Cup winner lent its name to Courageous Sailing in the late 1980s. The boat now resides at the Museum of Yachting in Newport, Rhode Island, where it has been restored and is still being raced.
Courageous prides itself on being a leader in community service. Courageous has hosted the Special Olympics Summer Games and has been consistently involved in training Special Olympics athletes. Courageous also has an ongoing partnership with The Carroll Center for the Blind, which holds national blind sailing competitions as well as weekly Sail Blind races at Courageous. In addition, Courageous serves as a venue for local high school sailing team practices, as well as Women’s Keel Boat and Mass Bay elimination events. Courageous has also partnered with Adventure Sail through the Big and Little Sisters organization, an event that has drawn hundreds of women and girls into the sport of sailing.
Marion Bermuda Race Executive Director, Graham Quinn and Blue Water Sailing Club Vice Commodore, Cathryn Griffith, presented a $1500 donation to Courageous Sailing Executive Director, Amy VanDoren and team on February 26, 2011, at the New England Boat Show. Ms. VanDoren stated “The support of Blue Water Sailing and the Marion Bermuda Race makes a difference to our program financially, of course. We are most grateful. The connection among our organizations is also inspirational to our sailors - it allows them to chart future courses beyond Boston Harbor.”
WaterWise Programme (administered by Bermuda Sailing Association) - Teaching academics through the activity of sailing
In 2000, the Bermuda Government established the WaterWise programme for middle school students, ages 11 and 12. This programme is administered by the Bermuda Sailing Association (BSA) and works to teach academics through the activity of sailing. Throughout the school year the students learn elements of physics, math, geography and science as it relates to sailing and Bermuda’s rich marine heritage.
The BSA provides sailing instructors to visit the schools and work with the students in Optimist simulators-older boats that have been fitted with wheels and then land-sailed on the school courts. By using the simulators the students learn how to rig the boats, points-of-sail and basic tacking and gybing maneuvers. It is a wonderful way to progressively teach sailing skills. In addition, taking water out of the equation eliminates the initial fear that many children experience. The simulator, “dryland” sessions as we call them, prepares the children for four to five days of on-the-water sessions at the end of the school year. It is amazing to see their progress and the amount of confidence that sailing a boat, solo, can bring to a young child. Sailing a small single-handed dinghy empowers a child with decision-making and problem-solving skills, while teaching them respect for nature and the marine environment. Even if they don’t decide to race they now have an activity that can last a life-time. Sailing well demands a high level of discipline, concentration and commitment. These are attributes that can lead a child down a more positive path in life, possibly keeping them from choices that might limit their future. If they do choose to stay with sailing, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Bermuda Sailing Association, Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association (BODA) and the Bermuda Sloop Foundation have all pulled together to make sure they stay on the water.