Community sailing programs have been established around the country to enrich the lives of children and adults through sailing. The hallmark of community sailing programs is to provide boating opportunities for those who may not otherwise be able to enjoy on-the-water experiences. In particular, these programs focus on underprivileged and at-risk youth as well as persons of lower socio-economic means, utilizing the sport of sailing to develop academic, leadership and life skills. Most community sailing programs are based on a collaborative effort between the sailing center, local government, relevant non-profit organizations, the business community, and area schools.
Many community sailing programs also provide adaptive, recreational, educational and therapeutic programs to physically and developmentally challenged youth and adults. Such programs help individuals to achieve their full potential and successfully integrate into their communities. Collectively, community sailing programs impart a sense of empowerment, belonging and self-worth to participants.
More locally, water-based activities such as sailing are an integral part of the Cape Cod experience, and touch multiple aspects of Cape Cod's heritage and present-day economy. The Cape is known for its bountiful fresh and salt water resources. However, opportunities to be on the water are actually quite limited compared to the size of year-round and summer populations. Expansion of current sailing and other water sports activities will advance the economic, social and environmental goals set forth in the Cape Cod Regional Policy Plan and in town Local Comprehensive Plans.
Sail Cape Cod is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that offers programs and opportunities similar to other established community sailing programs regionally and across the nation.
Following the example of these other thriving programs, Sail Cape Cod offers affordable, accessible sailing, water sports and educational programs to the general public (both youth and adult) as well as underserved communities and those who face difficult physical, developmental or socio-economic circumstances. The organization uses sailing as a tool to encourage and motivate local youth to reach their full potential by enhancing positive growth, self-esteem and behavior. Scholarship opportunities will enable broad access to Sail Cape Cod programs.