Archive November 2016
Sailbuzz.net: TWO $1M GIFTS LAUNCH BURLINGTON SAILING CENTER
The tossing of ceremonial anchors on Tuesday made it official: A new home for the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center on Burlington’s waterfront is underway.
A pair of $1 million gifts to the nonprofit, announced at the groundbreaking, ensures that the facility will open as scheduled this summer, officials said.
Local philanthropist Tony Pomerleau delivered a dinghy-sized replica check. So did family and friends of the late Raymond P. Sullivan, an avid sailor and advocate for greater accessibility to water sports, who died in May 2015.
The sailing center opened 22 years ago. Its makeshift headquarters in and around the old Moran power plant lacked plumbing and, sometimes, even electricity.
Roomier headquarters will allow the center to expand its mission of exposing people of all ages to hands-on relationships to the lake, said Executive Director Mark Naud.
On November 15, 2016, the Community Sailing Center celebrated the groundbreaking of the world-class, net zero Pomerleau Community Waterfront Campus and Raymond P. Sullivan Sailing Education Center. Watch to learn more about this exciting announcement for the future of Burlington’s Waterfront!
Sailing Anarchy: Change is Good
Sailing is not just an elitist sport but also a platform for education, access, and a conduit for change. By Charlotte Longley and Jen Guimaraes
For years, sailing has been viewed as simply a recreational sport reserved for the upper echelons of society – those people with the means and access to join their local yacht club or boathouse. And yet, the opportunities that sailing can provide can have a far greater impact on society than simply leisure. Whether it’s used as an educational tool, a means to create access, or a platform to instill valuable life skills, the world of sailing shouldn’t be reserved for the elite – it should be open to everyone.