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SCC's Summer Sailing Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for Sail Cape Cod’s 2017 Summer Sailing Programs for Youth, Adult, and Adaptive sailing instruction. The programs are taught by Sail Cape Cod’s certified sailing instructors and are designed for both students who are new to sailing and those who have some sailing experience.

Youth Sailing (ages 8-17): consisting of one-week lesson blocks (5 classes, held Monday-Friday) for $135.00 per week. Scholarships are available based on financial need.

Adult Sailing: consisting of one-week lesson blocks (5 classes, held Monday-Friday evenings) for $199.00 per week. Registration for daily classes will be available after May 15th strictly based on availability.

Adaptive Sailing: offering sailing for individuals with physical, developmental and cognitive challenges to help overcome adversity through the therapeutic & recreational benefits of sailing.

 

Registration and information is available online at: http://www.sailcapecod.org/page/programs

 

 February 1, 2017

 

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Hyannis Yacht Club Donates Sailboat to 'SeaLegs' Program

Hyannis Yacht Club has donated a J/22 sailboat from its fleet to Sail Cape Cod Community Sailing for the benefit of its ‘SeaLegs’ Adaptive Sailing Program. The 22’ keelboat, named ‘Sneakers’, was donated by the club in memory of the late Donald ‘ Rob’ Tucker, who had owned and sailed ‘Sneakers’ for many years. Rob was also a past Commodore of Hyannis Yacht Club and a long-standing member.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Sail Cape Cod in expanding its adaptive fleet with this sailboat, while at the same time honoring Rob’s memory in such a special way”, stated HYC Commodore Victor Tagliaferro. “Rob’s past involvement with Special Olympics makes this even more significant because Sail Cape Cod works closely with individuals with developmental, cognitive and intellectual challenges through its programs”.

The sailboat will be renovated and retrofitted for use next season with a custom-made, modular Tackmaster seating system and special tiller mechanism designed to enable sailors with varied disabilities to helm the boat with comfort and ease. “ ‘Sneakers’ will be a welcome addition to both our adaptive and our outreach programs in giving Sail Cape Codmore flexibility to our program offerings” said Program Director, Coach Jim Hoar.

It is noteworthy that this addition to an adaptive sailing program coincides with the 26th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which was passed on July 26, 1990. Laurel Labdon is a disabled sailor and Sail Cape Cod’s Honorary Chair for its ‘SeaLegs’ program: “Sailing is a sport that can, and should, be accessible to all…without limitation. This sailboat will enable even more people with physical or intellectual challenges to gain access to sailing who might not otherwise be able to enjoy the therapeutic and recreational benefits that this activity provides.”

Donations for the renovations and adaptions to ‘Sneakers’ and the ‘SeaLegs’ Program are welcome and can be made online at: www.SailCapeCod.org

August 1, 2016

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Recognizing The  26th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

A message from Laurel Labdon, Honorary Chair of Sail Cape Cod’s ‘SeaLegs’ Adaptive Sailing Program:

“July 26th marks the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, commonly known as the ADA.  It was, and still remains, groundbreaking legislation seeking to provide and protect equal rights and access for people with all levels of disabilities...whether it be physical, mental, emotional or behavioral.  As with all legislation it is far from perfect.  Enforcement can be subjective and hard to implement, and, of course, there are just some things that cannot be mandated by any law no matter how valuable they are to the disabled community.  That is where programs like ‘SeaLegs’ come in!  While there is no legal obligation for a program like Sail Cape Cod to include an adaptive component to their schedule, it soon became clear that to truly achieve the mission of providing access to the water and the sport of sailing to all an adaptive element to the fleet must be included.  As we celebrate the 26th anniversary of the ADA we must also celebrate the organizations that recognize the inevitable imperfections of such a sweeping civil rights law and seek to abide by the spirit of the law even when no legal obligation exists.  Sail Cape Cod is proud to be one of those organizations that recognized that the disabilities community was not being included in community sailing programs on Cape Cod and was proud to launch ‘SeaLegs’ and put the first adaptive sail boat, Lila, in the water in 2015.  As we work to expand our fleet next summer we hope every town, business and community organization celebrates the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by not only abiding by the law but going beyond it and providing true access for all as Sail Cape Cod and ‘SeaLegs’ is so proud to do.”

"Gone Sailin'..."

 

July 26, 2016

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Sail Cape Cod Expands Its Summer Sailing Programs

Sail Cape Cod is offering an expanded sailing lesson schedule this summer for its Youth, Adult & Adaptive sailing programs in Hyannis. The programs are taught by Sail Cape Cod’s certified sailing instructors and are for both students who are new to sailing and those who have some sailing experience.

Youth Sailing: one-week lesson blocks (5 classes, held Mon-Fri) for $125.00 per week. Scholarships are available based on financial need.

Adult Sailing: held weekday evenings on an open registration basis for $30 per lesson, and is designed to provide beginners with a basic working knowledge of sailing.

Adaptive Sailing: offering sailing opportunities at no charge for youth and adults with physical, developmental and cognitive challenges to help overcome adversity through the therapeutic & recreational benefits of sailing.

Registration and information is available online at: www.SailCapeCod.org

June 2016

 

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Sail Cape Cod Appoints New Program Director

 

Sail Cape Cod is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Hoar of Yarmouthport as its new Program Director. Hoar helped establish the successful Yarmouth Recreation Sailing Program in 1982 and was its longtime Program Director of 33 years. A retired Special Education teacher at Dennis-Yarmouth High School, Hoar remains the longstanding D-Y Girls Track Coach during the school year.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Coach Hoar’s extensive background as a well-respected sailing director, coach and educator become available at a time when we were searching for a new Program Director” according to Sail Cape Cod’s President Mike Trovato. “His experience makes him a great fit for Sail Cape Cod, especially our outreach programs for disadvantaged youth and those with physical or intellectual challenges. Under Coach’s stewardship, we look forward to taking Sail Cape Cod to new heights as a true community asset.”

“I am very excited to be joining Sail Cape Cod at this stage of the program’s development, and welcome the challenge of helping it realize its full potential” said Hoar. “I am especially inspired by its mission of serving the disadvantaged and the underserved through sailing, and look to share my experience and passion for sailing in continued service to the community.”

In addition to traditional learn-to-sail programs, Sail Cape Cod partners with local organizations serving disadvantaged youth and individuals with disabilities in providing greater access to the therapeutic and recreational benefits of sailing.

January 30, 2016

 

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Sail Cape Cod Expands Its Adaptive Sailing Program

Hyannis, MA - Sail Cape Cod is expanding its Adaptive Sailing Program this summer to include individuals with physical disabilities. The program, aptly named ‘SeaLegs’, will allow greater access to sailing for those who otherwise would not be able to enjoy the sport due to physical barriers.

“Since its inception, Sail Cape Cod has partnered with local disabilities organizations to make sailing accessible to those with developmental or intellectual challenges. With the recent addition of a new adaptive sailboat, Sail Cape Cod will now be able to offer the therapeutic and recreational benefits of sailing to those with physical challenges as well”, according to Program Director Bryony Scudder. “This will be the first fully integrated adaptive sailing program on Cape Cod, and will include our youth, adults and service veterans alike”.

Thanks to generous funding from the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation, Sail Cape Cod has acquired a new 18’ keelboat which will be outfitted with equipment specially designed to accommodate sailors with physical disabilities. Sturgis Boat Works in West Yarmouth is handling the design and installation of this customized adaptive equipment onto one of their new Fareast 18 sailboats. “This sailboat is a very stable platform which will be retrofitted with adaptive seating fore and aft, strategically placed handrails, custom-made sails and enhanced sail trim capabilities to empower sailors with physical challenges to skipper this boat themselves”, said owner Matt Wake. The vessel will be named ‘Lila’ in honor of Lyndon’s mother.

To complement the adaptive sailboat, Sail Cape Cod has acquired a portable hoyer-style lift designed for transferring individuals from wheelchair to boat with funding from Rockland Trust, and has been installed at the Gary Brown Boat Ramp in Hyannis with the cooperation of the Town of Barnstable. Previously, there was no local access to such a dockside lift for boarding assistance.

Laurel Labdon of Brewster, a former Miss Wheelchair Massachusetts and an advocate for disability issues, is the honorary chair and spokesperson for Sail Cape Cod’s adaptive program. According to Labdon, a lifelong sailor despite her own personal challenges due to a spinal cord injury: “So many within the disabilities community don't have the opportunity to gain some freedom and independence, to learn new skills, to participate in a sport. These benefits are immeasurable in their importance. The self-esteem, confidence and feelings of accomplishment that sailing gives to anyone is multiplied infinitely for those of us with disabilities, where the options to participate in most sports is extremely limited.”

To help advance the adaptive program and its goals, Sail Cape Cod has also received funding support from: Cape Cod Foundation, Bilezikian Family Foundation, Figawi Charities, Cape Cod Five Foundation, Century Bank and the Barnstable Disabilities Commission as well as private donors.

The new adaptive sailboat will be ‘unveiled’ at a special ‘Night at the Museum’ fundraising event being held at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis on June 5th. Admission is $50 per person with proceeds to benefit Sail Cape Cod’s Adaptive and Outreach Programs which serve the local Disabilities and At-Risk Youth populations. For more information, visit their website at www.SailCapeCod.org

April 17, 2015

 

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Sail Cape Cod Hosts Certification Courses inFirst Aid/CPR and Boating Safety

 

Hyannis, MA - Sail Cape Cod announces its Spring schedule of Certification Training Courses for the following:

 

First Aid/CPR Certification (American Red Cross)

This 1 Day Course provides American Red Cross certification training in First Aid, CPR and AEDs, and will also include a section on Boating Medical Emergencies

Course #1: Saturday, March 21st   9:00am – 1:00pm

 

Course #2: Monday, May 11     5:30pm – 9:30pm

 

1 Day Course Fee: $95.00 (includes course materials)

 

 

 

Safe Boating Certification (NASBLA)

This 2 Day Course covers rules of the road, aids to navigation, boat handling skills, and chart work, and is approved by the North American Safe Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Adults who take the course are eligible for a discount on their boat insurance. Youths between the ages of 12-15 wishing to operate a boat in Massachusetts without adult supervision, and personal watercraft users who are 16 or 17 years of age must complete a Safe Boating course.

 

Course #1: Saturday, March 7th & Saturday, March 14th  9:00am – 1:00pm

 

Course #2: Monday, May 4th & Thursday, May 7th  5:30pm – 9:30pm

 

2 Day Course Fee: $95.00 (includes course materials)

 

 

Location (all classes): Cape Cod Maritime Museum, 135 South St, Hyannis

Registration: Register online at: www.SailCapeCod.org

Instructor: Capt. Jim Jackson of Maritime Consultants

 

2/25/15

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SAIL CAPE COD ANNOUNCES ADAPTIVE SAILING PROGRAM FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN KICKOFF

 

Dear Friends:

I am beyond thrilled that I have been named the Honorary Chair for the Capital Campaign to help fund the new SeaLegs’ Adaptive Sailing Program and to be involved with Sail Cape Cod. As a lifelong sailor, and now, someone with a significant physical disability, I believe I am in a unique position to speak to how important a program like SeaLegs’ is to so many.

My particular circumstances have enabled me to continue to get out on my family's sailboat and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of sailing. But unfortunately, that is the exception not the rule. So many of the disabled community don't have that opportunity...the opportunity to gain some freedom and independence, to learn new skills, to participate in a sport. These benefits are immeasurable in their importance. The self-esteem, confidence and feelings of accomplishment that sailing gives to anyone is multiplied infinitely for those of us in the disabled community, where the options to participate in most sports is extremely limited.

As one who went from being a child with no physical limitations to a quadriplegic adult, sailing has always been the best medicine for me. Your generosity can help so many that otherwise would not receive this "medicine". By supporting the SeaLegs’ Adaptive Sailing Program you are not only providing a physical opportunity to sail by outfitting an accessible sailboat, but also the mental and emotional benefits that only the wind, the sun, a sail and the sea can provide.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

 

Best Regards,

Laurel E. Labdon, Honorary Chair

SeaLegs’ Capital Campaign

Note: Laurel Labdon is a former Miss Wheelchair Massachusetts. Laurel's disability (a C-5, 6 level incomplete spinal cord injury) has not dampened her love of traveling, sailing and enjoying the beauty of Cape Cod. She is empowered by her disability to advocate for disability issues on local, state and national levels.

11/19/14

 

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HELP US GAIN OUR "SEALEGS"!

 

You're invited to:

 

Sail Cape Cod's Fall Fundraising Event!

 

Please join us to celebrate another successful year with Sail Cape Cod.  Enjoy a complimentary buffet, appetizers, cash bar and silent auction items.

 

Raised funds will help benefit:

  • Community Outreach Program - Our focus is partnering with local disabilities organizations, at risk youth groups and area schools hosting recreational and therapeutic sails.
  • SEALEGS - our NEW Adaptive Sailing Program! We are looking to expand our outreach program to include sailing opportunities for physically disabled individuals, both youth and adult. In addition we will be fundraising for the purchase of new equipment and boats specifically designed for this activity.

 

"ACCESS TO ALL...WITHOUT LIMITATION"

www.sailcapecod.org

When

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 19th, 2014 From 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Where

ALBERTO'S RESTAURANT

360 MAIN ST Hyannis, MA

http://www.albertos.net/

Ample parking in back of restaurant on North Street lot

 

Space is limited; please RSVP to Garran.peterson@gmail.com by November 5th if you plan to attend.

 

If you are unable to join us, please consider an donation at www.SailCapeCod.org

 

Thank you to all those who donated auction items and to our sponsors

 

 11/1/14

 

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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!

 

Bryony Scudder

Program Director

Sail Cape Cod 

BryonyScudder@SailCapeCod.org  


 9/15/14

 

 

 

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From the Program Director

 

Ahoy Sailors!

 

 I hope that you all have survived the chilly Winter/Spring that we have had. I know that I am counting down the days until I get back on the water. We have been working hard on our programming for the Summer of 2014 and have some exciting updates to share with you.

 

First of all, Sail Cape Cod's 'Learn to Sail' program dates are posted below as well as on our website and they are filling up fast!

'Learn-To-Sail' Program

This year we restructured our adult lessons to make them more in-depth and to add two additional lessons, for a total of six lessons over a two week period. We are also offering family lessons on Saturdays! This will give parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, children, cousins, etc a chance to be enjoying the water and learning how to sail! Check out our website (www.sailcapecod.org) for more information on this program.

  

Second, we are starting to schedule our Community Outreach Programs working collaboratively with other non-profit groups such as Cape Abilities, Community Connections, Life, INC and ARC of Cape Cod (all returning partners from 2013).

We are also working on expanding our collaborations to include participants from local youth-oriented disabilities and at-risk groups, including Cape Cod Collaborative's S.T.A.R. program, Cape Cod Challengers Club among others. We are still in need of volunteers for this rewarding and life-enhancing program. If you're interested in volunteering for a really great cause, please let us know. As a volunteer-based organization, we can use more help both on and off the water!

Community Outreach Program

            

Finally, we are incredibly excited to announce the addition of a new Adaptive Sailing Program for disabled sailing to Sail Cape Cod in 2014, which will be the first of its kind on Cape Cod! This has been a huge goal of Sail Cape Cod since Day 1 and we are now seeing it come to fruition in just our second year of operation. With the blessing from the Town of Barnstable and a grant from Rockland Trust, Sail Cape Cod is purchasing and installing a portable hoyer lift at the Gary Brown Ramp dock which will enable us to board passengers with physical disabilities onto adaptive boats. 

 

With that in mind, we have recently had a J-22 keelboat donated to our program that we are now in the process of repairing and retrofitting with specially adapted equipment for disabled sailing. The donation of this boat is a significant gift to Sail Cape Cod in order to launch its Adaptive Program...and with a very special story behind it.

 

The boat was owned by a dear friend of mine, Rob Tucker, who passed away in November of 2012. Rob was a former Commodore of the Hyannis Yacht Club and an excellent sailor who participated on race committees, did racing on his J-22 'Sneakers' with HYC's J-22 fleet and in the Figawi Race. But there was much more to Rob than even many of his friends knew. He was an avid supporter of the Special Olympics and encouraged Special Olympians of all abilities and backgrounds to participate to the best of their abilities.

 

By turning his sailboat 'Sneakers' into an adaptive sailboat and utilizing it in our outreach programs, we will remember Rob in two of his greatest elements: being out on the water, and helping people with disabilities accessRob and crew aboard 'Sneakers' things that they would not otherwise have had access to. As his Son said to me, "I can't think of better use for my father's boat than for you to use in your program." Rob was a truly wonderful man who is missed by many. I can't wait to have his memory sailing with us this summer. Many thanks to Rob's family (along with the Hyannis Yacht Club) for the donation of this boat. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting new program!

 

There are still plenty of ways to get involved with Sail Cape Cod...please contact us for more information. Have a great summer, and I hope to see you out on the water!

 

Bryony Scudder

Program Director

Sail Cape Cod 

BryonyScudder@SailCapeCod.org 

5/26/14

 

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Sail Cape Cod's 2014 ‘Learn-To-Sail’ Course Schedule Announced

Learn-To-Sail

Our 2014 summer schedule for Adult & Family ‘Learn-To-Sail’ instruction courses is now available here on our website.

Sail Cape Cod's 'Adult Learn-To-Sail' course ($199 per person) consists of (6) two-hour lessons, with sessions being held on weekday evenings. The ‘Family Learn-To-Sail’ course ($199 per family of 2-4 persons) consists of (3) two-hour lessons, with sessions held on Saturday afternoons.

The curriculum has been specially designed for Sail Cape Cod by Program Director Bryony Scudder, a US Sailing Association Certified Instructor. "We want to provide beginners, whether as individuals, couples or as a family unit, with a basic working knowledge of sailing through these affordable on-water classes. Our goals of the program are for the participants to: Have Fun, Be Safe, and Gain Confidence", according to Bryony.

To view Sail Cape Cod’s Adult & Family ‘Learn-To-Sail’ course schedule and to register online, see the 'Learn-To-Sail' section under the Programs tab here on our website

4/13/2014

 

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SCC Announces Certification Courses for Spring 2014
First Aid_CPR

Sail Cape Cod will be hosting 1 Day Classes this Spring for the following Certification Courses:

 

First Aid/CPR/AED  

Red Cross

March 8th (Sat)  9:00am - 2:00pm

&

May 10th   (Sat)  9:00am - 2:00pm

 

1 Day Course Fee: $95.00 (includes course materials) 

This 1 Day Certification Course provides American Red Cross certification training in First Aid, CPR and AED's, and will also include a section on Boating Medical Emergencies 

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Safe Boating

NASBLA logo

April 12th (Sat)  9:00am - 5:00pm 

&     

June 14th (Sat)  9:00am - 5:00pm

 

1 Day Course Fee: $95.00 (includes course materials)

 

This 1 Day Certification Course is approved by the North American Safe Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and covers rules of the road, aids to navigation, boat handling skills, and chart work. Adults who take the class are eligible for a discount on their boat insurance. Anyone under the age of 17 wishing to operate a boat or jet ski in Massachusetts must have a certificate from NASBLA for safe boating.

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All courses will be conducted by instructor Capt. Jim Jackson of Maritime Consultants

Class Location(all classes):

 Sail Cape Cod Headquarters, 11 Potter Av, Hyannis

Registration: To register for any class, email us at: info@sailcapecod.org and specify which course & date you wish to attend

 

 2/25/14

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2013 Program '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.

 

Outreach Programs

 

Adaptive 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.

  

    

  

At-Risk Youth

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:

 Cape Abilities

 Community Connections

 ARC of Cape Cod

 LIFE, Inc

 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....

 

  

 

 

  

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 Special Thanks!

  

Our 'THANK YOU' list continues to grow....

 

Once again, we want to send out a special thanks to all the folks who were instrumental in helping us launch the Program this year. We could not have accomplished this without them:

  • All our loyal volunteers for generously giving their time to the cause: Dave Chase, John Kelley, Chuck Sabatt, Judy Fenner, Ryan Scudder, Sharon Burman, Sue Holland, Dessie, Meg Deegan, Sarah Howard, Julia Downey, Matt Clark, Jim & Nancy Jackson, Charles & Linda Whitcomb, Jim St Pierre, Bill Abbott, Jim Reed, Nancy & Brenda
  • Wayne Kurker (Hyannis Marina/Dockside Marina) for providing dock space for our program boats
  • Caroline Cotter and Tony Davis/Dean Meehan(Arey's Pond) for donating Daysailers to our program
  • David Eames (Custom Earpiece) for donating 4 new private channel UHF radios
  • 'Anonymous' (you know who you are...) for donating a boat trailer & 2 new VHF radios
  • Bob Labdon for hand-crafting wooden cuddy doors for the Daysailers
  • Matt Wake (Sturgis Boatworks) & Garran Peterson (Cape Cod Seacamps) for their guidance & support
  • Deb Blanchette Watson for spearheading our fundraising efforts to date
  • Judy Fenner (Fenner Marine) for helping us get our sailboats shipshape
  • The Richard Family at Drydock Marine for providing winter boat storage
  • Tom Rines for providing countless hours of his time both on the water and off
  • Instructor Jim Jackson (Maritime Consultants) for his knowledge and insight
  • Larry Thayer & the Cape Abilities staff for their guidance and support of our Outreach Program
  • All our Outreach Partners and staffs for their collaboration
  • Our Board of Directors and Steering Committee members who have given numerous hours meeting & advising both in advance of and subsequent to this program's launch

Major kudos go to our Program Director Bryony Scudder for all her perseverance & hard work in helping us launch the program this year...

 

And finally, THANK YOU to all of our Donors, Sponsors and Benefactors for your generosity and support. Community sailing programs like Sail Cape Cod cannot exist without financial assistance from such caring & giving supporters!

 

We look forward to having another successful program year again in 2014...and wish everyone a Happy & Healthy New Year!

 

1/1/14

 

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Outreach Program Under Sail

 

Sail Cape Cod's Outreach Program officially got under way on Saturday June 15th, with an outing in collaboration with one of our program partners, Cape Abilities (www.CapeAbilities.org ).

SCC hosted some residents from their group home program for a sail in Lewis Bay on SCC's daysailers (although one passenger was reticent about going aboard a 17' sailboat, so he gladly went out on volunteer Chuck Sabatt's Maritime Skiff for a nice motor cruise around the bay...).

Cape Abilities has over 50 clients between their Day and Resident programs who have expressed interested in participating this summer, and they also have a number of others with physical disabilities who would like to participate once we can secure adaptive equipment to accommodate disabled sailing (a goal of ours for 2014...).

We are currently working on collaborations with other local disabilities organizations as well: Community Connections, ARC of Cape Cod, LIFE Inc, and Kennedy-Donovan Center. We are also hosting outreach programs for groups representing at-risk youth and teens, as well as planning a Senior Day.

SCC's Outreach Program is rapidly becoming our hallmark program, and it is in the very capable hands of our Program Director, Bryony Scudder, who's background is in Early Education and Special Needs.



Program Director Bryony Scudder under sail with a group from Cape Abilities

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 Adult & Family Learn-To-Sail Program  


Sail Cape Cod has also launched its first sailing instruction courses this summer, Adult & Family 'Learn-To-Sail'.

"We want to provide beginners, whether as individuals, couples or as a family unit, with a basic working knowledge of sailing through these affordable on-water classes", according to Bryony Scudder, SCC's Program Director. Sail Cape Cod's 'Learn-To-Sail' courses consist of (4) two-hour lessons, with sessions being held in Hyannis on Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons in July & August.

The curriculum has been specially designed for Sail Cape Cod by Bryony with help from Lisa Downey, both US Sailing Association Certified Instructors. Our goals of the program are for the participants to: Have Fun, Be Safe, and Gain Confidence. At this time, the 2013 'Learn-To-Sail' program is already sold out, which is a good indicator of
the demand for these lessons. So we'll be looking to add more boats and instructors next year to accommodate the need.


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More Volunteers Needed

We want to thank those volunteers who have joined us to date onboard the Sail Cape Cod team, and remind others that we are still in need of additional volunteers for this year's programming. 

We are especially in need of additional qualified skippers and safety boat operators for our Outreach Program on Monday and Saturday mornings to help us take program participants out for a sail on our own Daysailers, or on your own boat if suitable. To find out more about volunteer opportunities, contact us at: info@sailcapecod.org . You can also check out the 'Volunteers' section on our website: http://www.sailcapecod.org/page/support_us/Volunteers.

As a community based initiative, Sail Cape Cod relies on the efforts of volunteers willing to assist both on and off the water this year as well as working on the various committees in helping SCC achieve its goals & mission in helping others.

Find out how you can help...

 Volunteer Safety Boat operator Chuck Sabatt & crew


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First Aid/CPR/Boating Medical Emergencies Class

Sail Cape Cod recently hosted its first American Red Cross First Aid/CPR class, and several members of the SCC staff and volunteers were able to take advantage of the opportunity to receive their American Red Cross First Aid (re)certification. 

Our thanks to instructor Jim Jackson who did an excellent job in tailoring the curriculum towards SCC's needs, especially in covering potential scenarios involving boating medical emergencies. SCC will be hosting future First Aid classes, so please consult our website for class schedules.



 Instructor Jim Jackson & SCC volunteer Tom Rines


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Special Thanks!

At the risk of inadvertently omitting someone, we want to send out a special thanks to some folks who have been instrumental so far in helping us launch the Program this year:

  • All our loyal volunteers for generously giving their time to the cause, especially the Dockside Crew (Sharon Burman, Sue Holland, Meg Deegan, Dessie, Nancy & Brenda)
  • Tom Rines, Chuck Sabatt,Ryan Scudder, Dave Chase & Ed Howard-volunteer boat owners
  • John Kelley-volunteer sailing instructor
  • Wayne Kurker & Hyannis Marina/Dockside Marina for providing us with dock space for our program boats
  • Caroline Cotter & Tony Davis(Arey's Pond) for donating Daysailers to our program
  • David Eames (Custom Earpiece) for donating 4 new private channel UHF radios
  • Anonymous (you know who you are...) for donating a boat trailer & 2 new VHF radios
  • Bob Labdon for constructing some beautiful cuddy doors for the Daysailers
  • Matt Wake (Sturgis Boatworks) & Garran Peterson (Cape Cod Seacamps) for their guidance & support, in-kind and otherwise
  • Deb Watson for spearheading our fundraising efforts to date
  • Judy Fenner (Fenner Marine) for helping us get our boats shipshape
  • Instructor Jim Jackson (Maritime Consultants) for his knowledge and insight
  • Larry Thayer & the Cape Abilities staff for their guidance and support of our Outreach Program
  • All our Outreach Partners and staff for their collaboration
  • Our Board of Directors and Steering Committee members who have spent countless hours meeting & advising over the past three years in advance of this program's launch
  • Bryony Scudder for her perseverance and hard work in overseeing our Year 1 program

And finally, THANK YOU to all of our Donors, Sponsors and Benefactors for their generosity and support! We will be posting a special section on our website acknowledging all of our Supporters shortly....

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Adult & Family Learn-To-Sail  Program posted

Sail Cape Cod's new Adult & Family Learn-To-Sail Program schedule has been posted on our website. Each course consists of (4) two-hour lessons, one per week and will be  offered on Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons during the months of July & August. The curriculum has been specially designed by our US  Sailing Level 1 Certified Program Director to provide beginners with a  basic working knowledge of sailing through these on-water sessions.

Our goals of the program are for participants to:

    1. Have fun
    2. Be safe
    3. Gain confidence

For more information, see the "Learn-To-Sail" section on our website: http://www.sailcapecod.org/page/programs/Learn-To-Sail

 2013 'Learn-To-Sail' course application: Adult Learn-To-Sail Application-2013.pdf

 

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First Aid/CPR/AED & Safe Boating Certification Classes 

Sail Cape Cod will be hosting the following certification courses in May & June:

1) American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED
2) Safe Boating Certification Course

The First Aid certification course will also include a section on Boating Medical Emergencies. 

The Safe Boating course(NASBLA-approved) covers rules of the road, aids to navigation, boat handling skills, and chart work.

We highly encourage our volunteers to attend these courses.

For more information on both courses, check out our website: http://www.sailcapecod.org/page/programs

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Volunteer Meeting Follow-up

We want to thank everyone who attended the Volunteer Meeting on April 27th, and welcome all those who have signed up so far as volunteers onboard the Sail Cape Cod team. For those who wish to find out more about volunteer opportunities, check out the 'Volunteers' section on our website: http://www.sailcapecod.org/page/support_us/Volunteers

Or feel free to email us at: info@sailcapecod.org

As a community based initiative, Sail Cape Cod will be relying on the efforts of volunteers willing to assist both on and off the water this year as well as working on the various committees in helping SCC achieve its goals & mission in helping others.

This year's on-water outreach programs will need volunteer boat owners and other experienced sailors willing to skipper our own daysailers and safety boats, as well as shore-side support.

Find out how you can help...

5/20/13

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2013 Summer Programs Announced

Sail Cape Cod's Year 1 summer on-water programs will focus specifically on two areas:

1) Adult & Family Learn-To-Sail programs

2) Community Outreach Programs involving partnerships with local organizations dealing with individuals of need

Due to logistical, financial and personnel constraints, the decision has been made to not offer any Junior instructional programs this summer. While we strongly feel that there is an ongoing need to supplement the efforts of existing youth programs on the Cape in order to get more of our local youth engaged in this sport and out on the water with professional instruction, SCC will not offer this type of programs without being able to put the proper equipment, trained instructors and safety measures in place.

Instead, we will focus our curriculum-based programs this year on Adult & Family sailing instruction two days per week in July & August, utilizing the resources that are available to us this year. For Learn-To-Sail course details and schedule, please click on the 'Learn-To-Sail' tab under Programs on our website.

On the outreach side, we are working very closely with several Cape-based agencies dealing with: children and adults with disabilities; disadvantaged and at-risk youth & teens; and seniors in developing on-water opportunities for these groups this summer. We will be announcing these partnerships shortly.

5/11/13

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SCC Hires Program Director  

The Board of Directors of Sail Cape Cod is very pleased to announce the hiring of Bryony Scudder of Centerville as its 2013 Program Director. A native Cape Codder, Bryony grew up sailing on our local waters. After several summers of working as a sailing instructor at Hyannis Yacht Club and Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster, Bryony discovered that teaching was her passion.

Upon earning her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University, Bryony took a position in a public school program working with children with special needs. Through this work, she realized that her devotion lay in working with children with Autism, which she does during the school year.

Bryony is excited to unite her two passions, sailing and teaching, at Sail Cape Cod. She is very eager to promote the group's mission of accessible sailing to all, especially for those with physical, cognitive or developmental challenges. 

 4/17/13

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Volunteer Meeting Notice

 All are invited to attend a Volunteer Meeting on Saturday, April 27th at 10:00 am downstairs at the Hyannis Yacht Club. We will be hosting this meeting to outline the Sail Cape Cod 2013 Program of Work and to enlist some help in carrying out this program.

As a community based initiative, Sail Cape Cod will be relying on the efforts of volunteers willing to assist both on and off the water this year as well as working on the various committees in helping SCC achieve its goals & mission in helping others.

With limited resources, this year's on-water outreach programs will need volunteer boat owners and other experienced sailors willing to skipper our own daysailers and safety boats, as well as shoreside support personnel.

Come find out how you can help...

4/17/13

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2013 Summer Programming

While we are still crossing some final T's and dotting some I's, plans are shaping up very well for our inaugural year of on-water programming. This year's on-water programs will focus specifically on two areas: 1) Outreach Programs involving partnerships with other local non-profit organizations; and 2) Adult/Family Sailing Instruction.

On the outreach side, we are working very closely with several well known Cape-based agencies dealing with: children and adults with disabilities; disadvantaged and at-risk youth; and seniors in developing on-water opportunities for these groups this summer. We will be announcing these partnerships in the coming weeks.

Due to logistical, financial and personnel constraints, the decision has been made to not offer any Junior instructional programs this summer. While we strongly feel that there is an ongoing need to supplement the efforts of existing youth programs on the Cape in order to get more of our local youth engaged in this sport and out on the water with professional instruction, SCC will not offer this type of programs without being able to put the proper equipment, trained instructors and safety measures in place.

Instead, we will focus our curriculum based programs this year on Adult & Family sailing instruction with the resources that are available to us this year. The course details will be posted soon, but we are looking at Monday evenings and Saturdays from June-August.

4/17/13

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SCC Seeks Program Director  

Sail Cape Cod is looking to hire a qualified Program Director to assist in startup of sailing lessons, community outreach and volunteer coordination.   The Program Director will be employed from June 1 - Sept 1, 2013. We are in search of a candidate who will help us organize a more formal program and provide assistance in coordination of current programs and events that have already been established.

Tasks of the job will include, but not be limited to:

Help to organize volunteer boat operations, calendars of lessons and outreach opportunities
Help to organize lesson plans for adult lessons, youth and adaptive programs
Organize & assist in record keeping, staff scheduling & volunteer scheduling as directed
Setup outreach opportunities & supervise lessons based on coordinated efforts with volunteers and Board of Directors
Assist with coaching on volunteer boats and powerboat safety supervision

Preferred Qualifications:

Able to teach all aspects of sailing with a strong knowledge of sailing and instruction
Ability to supervise, train, teach specific skills to students, staff, adults and volunteers.
Strong powerboat skills & ability to operate a powerboat in a controlled & safe fashion
Potential candidates will be subject to CORI & SORI background checks
 

Interested parties should please email resumes and correspondence to: info@sailcapecod.org

3/1/13

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Rockland Trust Donates to Sail Cape Cod

 
Representatives from Rockland Trust recently presented a donation check in the amount of $2,000.00 to Sail Cape Cod for it's 2013 program of work. Rockland's Senior Vice President Jeffrey Smith and Vice President Debra Thibodeau made the presentation to Sail Cape Cod Directors Charlie McLaughlin, Mike Trovato and Debra Blanchette Watson. Our thanks to Rockland Trust for their donation.

3/1/13

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SCC Treasurer Debra Blanchette Weds


Congratulations, and a heartfelt "Thank You!" are in order to Sail Cape Cod's Treasurer Debra Blanchette and Terry Watson on their recent marriage. When the couple tied the knot, they designated Sail Cape Cod as one of two charitible organizations for their wedding guests to donate to in lieu of gifts. Because of this generous gesture by Deb & Terry, both Sail Cape Cod and Doctors without Borders benefitted from contributions made by their guests on behalf of The Watsons. The happy couple originally met through sailing and are now headed off on a belated honeymoon to sunny St Martin. Thanks again, Deb & Terry!

3/1/13

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Cape Cod Boatbuilders Show (Updated)

The 2013 Cape Cod Boatbuilders Show in Hyannis was cancelled due to the impact of winter storm Nemo. Bad weather conditions forced Governor Patrick to declare a state of emergency, thus banning vehicle travel during event hours on Friday and Saturday. Continued power outages at the Resort & Conference Center on Sunday forced show organizers to cancel the final day of the event.

2/10/13

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Cape Cod Boatbuilders Show  
 
Sail Cape Cod will be exhibiting at the 2013 Cape Cod Boatbuilders Show this weekend(Feb 8-10th) at the Hyannis Resort & Conference Center. If you are in attendance, be sure to stop by and say hello to the volunteers staffing the SCC booth. Show hours are:
Friday: 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

2/1/13

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U.S. Sailing's National Sailing Programs Symposium

Representatives from Sail Cape Cod were in attendance at the US Sailing's 2013 National Sailing Programs Symposium in Clearwater, FL from January 24-26.
SCC board members Matt Wake (also representing Sturgis Boatworks), Garran Peterson (also representing Cape Cod Sea Camps), and Mike Trovato participated in 3 days of inspiration, education and skill development designed for those involved with sailing programs.


The event was highlighted by seminars, demonstrations, and networking with fellow sailing programs from across the country. The SCC group was also invited by US Sailing to present a seminar on Sail Cape Cod's experiences in starting up a community sailing program. A special thanks to Charlie McLaughlin for his assistance in putting the presentation together.

The National Sailing Programs Symposium is the premier event for sailing education in the United States.

1/28/13

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Community Outreach Program Partners

We continue our outreach to prospective partner programs within the community that work with our underserved youth, seniors, veterans and individuals with physical and cognitive challenges in an effort to collaborate with these programs. If you know of a local non-profit organization that might benefit from partnering with Sail Cape Cod to give their clients an opportunity to experience time out on our wonderful waters for recreational, educational or therapeutic purposes, please let us know.

Sponsorship & Underwriting Opportunities

We continue our work in bringing together financial support to further shape and refine the community sailing concept and to move it to an implementation phase this coming year. As part of this effort, we have created a list of sponsorship & underwriting opportunities for our corporate friends, including naming rights on equipment. Please contact us for more information.

1/1/13

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Sail Cape Cod Announces IRS Approval of its 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Designation

The Board of Directors of Sail Cape Cod, Inc. is very pleased to announce that it has finally received its long-awaited IRS designation as a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization.As you may know, the long delay in the processing of our 501(c)(3) application caused us to postpone our intended programming in 2012 as we did not want to launch this program under-funded. Now that we have 501(c)(3) status, it is our intention to proceed with this program in 2013.

12/13/12

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2012 Sail Cape Cod Accomplishments

Thanks to all the hard work of a very dedicated group of volunteers, Sail Cape Cod was able to achieve some very positive accomplishments in 2012 as an organization:

•Assisted the Town of Barnstable Recreation Department/Kennedy Memorial Sailing Program in preparation, repair and commissioning their entire sailboat & support boat fleet for their program use in 2012. Work included bottom-painting all boats, replacement of a damaged mast, mooring installations, and having all sails repaired


•Purchased and installed Prop Guards for the KMSP safety boats for the protection of the students in the program      


•Received a donation of (2) used O'Day Daysailers from Arey's Pond and are preparing them for use in 2013


•Developed the Sail Cape Cod Community Sailing website: www.SailCapeCod.org


•Hosted Sail Cape Cod booths at both the Cape Cod Boatbuilders Show (January) and the Cape Cod Maritime Festival (June) to increase awareness of Sail Cape Cod and its mission


•Enlisted the technical/professional assistance of U.S. Sailing (the national authority for sailing) in the development of this community sailing program


•Attended U.S. Sailing's National Sailing Programs Symposium(January), and their regional Community Sailing Symposium(October)

•Received its 501(c)(3) non-profit designation from the IRS (December)

               

12/13/12


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