From the Program Director
It’s hard to believe that I am wrapping up another fantastic summer season with Sail Cape Cod. It has been such a busy sailing summer between our Learn-To-Sail lessons and our Community Outreach Program.
Although we were hoping to get our Adaptive Program fully running this season, we ran into some unforeseen issues with the launching of an adaptive boat. But we were still able to purchase a hoyer lift for boarding disabled passengers and install it dockside (thanks to a grant from Rockland Trust and support from the Town of Barnstable), and now look forward to having this program fully operational for next season. However, in a short ten weeks we were able to accomplish so much in what is only our second year of operation!
Our restructured Adult Learn-to-Sail lessons were very successful this year. Although we dealt with some rough weather and windy evenings, we were able to teach an enthusiastic group of adults basic boat handling skills on beautiful Lewis Bay. Of that group, several were returning from our last year’s lessons for intermediate-type lessons. We also had some families join us for Saturday afternoon lessons, where they learned as a group the basics of wind direction, steering and seamanship. All in all, our sailors were safe, had fun and learned quite a bit!
The weather this summer was no kinder to our Community Outreach Program groups, but we still managed to get nearly 100 outreach participants out on the water. We had clients from CapeAbilities, ARC of Cape Cod, Life Inc., and the Cape Cod Collaborative Waypoint Academy all return for a second summer of sailing. We also added to our list of collaborators, taking out new groups from the Riverview School, Independence Farm, Cape Cod Collaborative STAR program and the Cape Cod Challengers Club. It was really exciting to get some youths out on the water as well as adults.
I have so many great memories from this summer that I can look back on throughout the year: laughing with the clients and staff from our outreach groups; having my students finally perform a perfect tack; or sitting and watch a family enjoy their time on the water together. Sail Cape Cod is truly a versatile organization that does so many wonderful things for the community that we live in. I really couldn’t do my job effectively without the help and support of my volunteers and Board of Directors. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
If you haven’t been down to the dock to see our program in action, put that on your Bucket List for Summer 2015. You may get a glimpse of a hesitant sailor, climbing aboard our boats for their first ever sail and returning to the dock grinning from ear to ear. Or you may catch a group of teenagers disembarking from the boat while giving each other high fives. You may see an older gentleman gazing out on the harbor, excited to finally be back on the water after 20 years. The people I meet in this job and the sights that I see are truly amazing. Come and see for yourself!
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