We’re getting ready for our first competition of the season on Thursday.Spectators are welcome to cheer us on from the State Fish Pier.i heard the coach say somewhere around 4:30,by the time Wayland gets here.
Thanks for your support!
Patti Page Explains Yet Another Way Gloucester Folks Can Get Out On Gloucester Harbor
Are you one of those people that will die regretting that you never got to learn how to sail? No excuses! Take charge of your life! No Regrets! Bucket List Type Stuff!
Just Do It! for more info contact Patti Page at firstname.lastname@example.org
Look for my interview with Kevin Cook from the GHS Sail program later today aboard one of the sailboats the kids use.
Patti is a good egg who runs the High School and Middle School sailing program in Gloucester. You can check out the website here- http://www.sailghs.org/
After all the talk this past week of wishing children had an opportunity to get on the water for a sailing program Damon Cummings wrote to tell me that there are already many programs in place to get local youth out on the water-
Here is a link to the High School and Middle School program run by Patti Page. It is during the school year, spring and fall, of course so the YMCA summer program is using the floats and boats for the summer (except that we took a bunch of Tall Ship sailors out sailing the afternoon before last):
When you saw the City of Gloucester Youth Sailing Program Boston Whaler and a runabout leave the harbormaster’s pier this morning full of kids, they were on their way out to go sailing on the city owned Rhodes 18s and 19 and the Gloucester High school sailing team 420s. They went by us under sail a few minutes later. They go out every weekday except Friday. The program is run by the YMCA now since the city summer recreational program has been phased out. Here is a link to the program:
That is only one of the sailing and harbor related programs presently under way for kids in Gloucester. During the school year Patti Page runs a High school and Middle School program with the 420s and Rhodes. The students do not pay a cent and we take both beginners and champions. The program has a joint Gloucester and Rockport sailing team that competes against other high schools around the state. Kevin Cook is the coach and some funny old guy runs the races. Moreover the Heritage Center and the Lannon run a massive program for Gloucester students and the Gloucester Museaum school at Ram Island does as well. The International Dory Racing Committee has junior racers (some in Middle School) racing against Canada and the Heritage Center has an off and on youth program in the pilot gigs. It is my understanding that a Community Boating center is in the works and that is something we all have wanted for a long time.
Whatever you may have heard to the contrary, Gloucester offers a wealth of opportunities for youth who are not in private yacht clubs to get out on the water.
Here’s a picture of the kids leaving the Harbormaster’s float to head to the sailing program.
The GHS Sail team won the first match of the season against Dover-Sherborn!
There will be a benefit for the team at Sailor Stans-
SAILGHS Dinner at Sailor Stan’s
Saturday May 16, 2009 5pm – 7pm
Chowder and seafood dinner combined with a silent auction.
Proceeds to benefit SAILGHS.