NBSA Reflections on a Great 2018!

If you saw the activity at NBYC this summer, you know that the Niantic Bay Sailing Academy is stronger and more robust than ever. This year, over 100 children and adults participated in our sailing programs.

NBSA’s mission is to strengthen our sailing programs, foster a love and dedication to sailing with the NBYC membership and in our local communities while teaching environmental stewardship. Since its inception, NBSA has delivered on its goals. This year’s program saw participation from all skill levels – beginner boot camps to youth racing programs to adult sailing instruction. Whether in Optimists, Blue Jays, 420’s or Ensigns, sailors of all ages and abilities were out on the water learning, competing, and having fun. Clearly, the influx of new sailors we saw this past year bodes well for the future.

NBSA was represented in many Eastern CT Sailing Association (ECSA) events and beyond. NBSA sailors placed 1st and 2nd in the Larry White Regatta. The 420 class at the same event was also won by NBSA sailors, which qualified them to represent ECSA at the Midget Championships; NBSA sailors also sailed in the highly competitive Club 420 New England Championships finishing 15th out of 72 sailors.

While we are proud of these racing achievements, the skills and values learned are more valuable than winning on the race course. NBSA is 100% funded by program fees and by tax-deductible donations. Through these generous donations, we were able to offer sailing scholarships to fourteen youth who would not otherwise have had this opportunity. We also focused more on environmental stewardship and protecting the waters we enjoy each time we sail.

We are excited to add a new boat to our youth program next year, the RS Feva. This cutting edge double-handed boat is a stepping stone for many kids moving up from the Optimist but not yet ready for the 420. We would like to purchase two of these for use in lessons next summer. Check out www.rssailing.com for more information about these boats!

Thanks to all our students, instructors, donors, and everyone else who made such a great 2018 possible for Niantic Bay Sailing Academy. Looking forward to more exciting opportunities for youth and adult sailing in 2019!

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