Archive June 2018

My Champlain Valley – Burlington’s Community Sailing Center opens its doors

By: Haley Bouley |  Jun 01, 2018

The Community Sailing Center is opening its doors to the public.

On Friday, organizers kicked off the opening weekend with a christening by smashing a bottle of champagne on the side of the building.

The sailing programs new home, which for many years ran out of the neighboring Moran building, includes classrooms for yearlong learning, indoor bathrooms and the space to continue to promote the community use of Lake Champlain.

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WCAX – An inside look at the new Burlington Community Sailing Center

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) It wasn’t a ribbon cutting, but a christening at the new Community Sailing Center. People who helped bring the state of the art facility to Burlington’s waterfront where given a chance to smash a bottle of champagne to celebrate its opening.

Ashley Sullivan was there in honor of her dad, Raymond P. Sullivan, after whom the education center is named.

“Ray was a sailor, an adventurer who always believed in the endless possibilities that lie ahead. His motto, ‘You haven’t sailed until you run a ground,’ is Ray simply saying you never know what you can accomplish in this life unless you tried,” Sullivan said.

“Our hope is very simple — that generations of children of families of adults will play here. They will learn to love, embrace and care for this beautiful lake and they will hold it as theirs for their entire lifetime,” said Karen Marshall, a member of the center’s board.

The late philanthropist Tony Pomerleau also donated money for the $5.7 million project…

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