2013 Year in Review
Happy New Year!
Now that we've finished hauling our boats for the season and prepping them for winter storage, we can take stock of our inaugural season here at Sail Cape Cod. By all accounts, our inaugural year was very successful. With limited resources, combined with the energy & enthusiasm from our Program Director Bryony Scudder and a group of dedicated volunteers, we focused on two areas: Outreach Programs and Adult & Family Learn-To-Sail instruction. We are happy to report that we were able to get about 150 individuals out on the water this summer, many of whom had never been out on the water before much less sailing.
This past summer, Sail Cape Cod partnered with several local disabilities organizations (Cape Abilities, Community Connections, ARC of Cape Cod and LIFE Inc) in hosting their clients from both resident and day programs for some recreational and therapeutic sails around Lewis Bay. Judging from all the smiles on participant faces (not to mention those of the volunteers) it was a rewarding experience for all. We have been told by staff members that clients are still talking about their excursions.
Special thanks to volunteer boatowner Dave Chase who took a number of participants out on his 23' sailboat 'Mistral' over the course of the summer. Thanks also to Chuck Sabatt, Tom Rines, Ryan Scudder, Jim & Nancy Jackson, Bill Coonz and Sarah Howard who volunteered their boats and their time as Safety Boat operators. Together with our team of volunteers who helped both shoreside and out on the water they really helped make this program such a resounding success.
We would also like to thank all the staff members from the partner organizations who helped coordinate the logistics from their end. We look forward to working with all of them again next year.
Sail Cape Cod also partnered with Cape Cod Collaborative's Waypoint Academy in organizing a sailing excursion of enrichment and education for some of the students from their summer program.
With capable assistance from our volunteer skippers Bill Abbott(Encore), Jim Reed(Summer Time), Charles Whitcomb(Cara Donna) along with their crews, 16 students and faculty enjoyed some big boat sailing out on Nantucket Sound on a beautiful August day. According to Waypoint Academy Program Coordinator, Matthew Kravitz: "The trip was very successful both in terms of education and social development. I believe Sail Cape Cod's service is beneficial to the at-risk population."
We look forward to this outing becoming an annual event going forward. Additionally, we are already in discussion with other At-Risk groups about developing similar opportunities for them.
In all, we were able to host 125 participants in our Outreach Programs in 2013, and with the addition of new partner organizations we look to increase that number significantly in 2014.
2013 Outreach Partners:
ARC of Cape Cod
Cape Cod Collaborative
Adult & Family Learn-To-Sail Program
Sail Cape Cod has also launched its first sailing instruction courses this summer, Adult & Family 'Learn-To-Sail'.
Our goal was to provide beginners, whether as individuals, couples or as a family unit, with a basic working knowledge of sailing through affordable on-water classes. Under the leadership of Program Director Bryony Scudder, the theme of the program was for the participants to: Have Fun, Be Safe, and Gain Confidence. Sail Cape Cod's 'Learn-To-Sail' courses consisted of (4) two-hour lessons, with sessions being held in Hyannis on Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons in July & August. 25 students both young and old participated in SCC's sold out Learn-To-Sail Program this past summer. We will be expanding our class schedule in 2014 to help meet the demand for sailing instruction here on the Cape.
Special thanks to volunteer instructor John Kelley who gave his time and talent, and to Jim Edelhauser who provided us use of his J-22 'Momentum' whenever needed.
Our 2014 Goals
Sail Cape Cod's goals this coming year are ambitious and with your support we will succeed! In 2014, we are looking to acquire and fully outfit an adaptive sailboat and install a dockside Hoyer lift that will serve physically challenged individuals. We also plan to at least double the number of individuals who will learn to sail and experience the joy of salt winds in their faces.
More to follow....