This is not a drill, people. Summer is here. Memorial Day Weekend — the Official Unofficial Start of Summer — is upon us. Cue the victory music, pack your bathing suit, and (finally) get outta the house. From sailing in Newport, R.I., to stargazing in Maine, we’ve rounded up some great ways to kick off this New England summer in style.
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2018 Paddle Board Rentals: The Ultimate Guide
Stand up paddle boarding is the fastest-growing sport in the world right now, and for good reason. It’s a sport that is easy to learn, and individuals of all ages and skill levels can benefit from the numerous health benefits and enjoyment that it offers.
Buying a paddle board is definitely an investment, however, and newcomers to the sport often want to rent a few times before taking the plunge and buying their own board. This is a smart decision, and there are many great rental shops across the U.S. that can set you up with a high-quality SUP rental, instructional classes, and guided paddling tours.
InflatableBoarder.com compiled a beautifully designed guide of all of the best paddle board rental locations in the US! Organized by state, this free guide is a super convenient way to go on your next paddling adventure. Check out the Community Sailing Center listing on page 145!
The Boston Globe – So Long Summer: Ideas for (unofficially) the last weekend of the season
By Lauren Daley Globe Correspondent
The unofficial last weekend of summer is upon us, and we’ve got a few days left to savor the season. From stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Champlain to worth-the-trip ice cream in Maine, we’ve rounded up some of the best spots in New England for one last hurrah.
Paddle and pedal like a champ
One of the best ways to take in the beauty of Lake Champlain is to stand on it. Rent a stand-up paddleboard, or a kayak or canoe, from Community Sailing Center, and paddle the majestic waters of Burlington, Vt. Look out for Champ, Vermont’s own fabled version of Loch Ness’s Nessie. 234 Penny Lane. 802-864-2499. communitysailingcenter.org.
FOX – WFFF Fox-44 Morning News Live – Stand Up For The Lake happening this Saturday
Burlington, VT – Ninth Annual Stand Up For The Lake event happening Saturday – This weekend, paddleboard enthusiasts from across the area will make their way to Burlington’s Waterfront for the 9th Annual Stand Up For The Lake event, hosted by WND&WVS. Erin spent the morning learning more about the event.
ABC -22 Local News – New and Improved Sailing Center Almost Ready to Open
Burlington, Vt. – It’s almost time to set sail from a new and improved sailing center in Burlington.
Community Sailing Center Executive Director Owen Milne said the center’s mission is to make the lake accessible to everyone and they realized about 10 years ago that they wouldn’t be able to do that in their current building. The Community Sailing Center has been running out of a garage.
Milne said he is excited for the new space that is located just north of the current center and the skate park by the Burlington waterfront. He said it is in a better location, has more storage and have classrooms.
NBC – Channel 5 WPTZ – Behind the Scenes at the Sailing Center
What makes the new sailing center special, and how builders hope it will encourage sailors of all abilities to enjoy Lake Champlain.
BURLINGTON, Vt. —
Outgoing Executive Director Naud said the new Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center is set to be the first net-zero community waterfront facility in the entire country, which fits the sailing group’s mission.
“Well, sailing, for us, is our middle name. Community is our first name,” Naud said.
And the center’s last name might as well be eco-friendly…
Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center Welcomes Owen Milne to the Helm
Burlington, VT– The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center (CSC), a nonprofit with a mission to provide community access to Lake Champlain, today announced Owen Milne as the new Executive Director of the organization.
Milne previously held positions at Red Thread as a workplace consultant and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility as the Development Director. His service to Vermont non-profits through board or committee positions is extensive, including United Way of Northwest Vermont and Leadership Champlain.
Owen Milne takes the helm at Sailing Center
Vermont Business Magazine – The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center (link is external) (CSC), a nonprofit with a mission to provide community access to Lake Champlain, today announced Owen Milne as the new Executive Director of the organization. He takes over from Mark Naud. Milne previously held positions at Red Thread as a workplace consultant and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility as the Development Director. His service to Vermont non-profits through board or committee positions is extensive, including United Way of Northwest Vermont and Leadership Champlain.
Boston Globe: Some ideas for how to kick off the summer season
Seven Days VT: Architect-Sailor Marcel Designs a Dreamboat Sailing Center
by Amy Lilly
If the Queen City has a crown, it might be the public-minded waterfront. And one of its brightly shining gems is the Community Sailing Center. The facility’s mission is to make sailing — an activity historically associated with wealthy white men — accessible to everyone.
ABC-22: Sailing Center in Burlington Moves Closer to Completion
By: Rene Thibault
May 10, 2017:
Many have come to view Lake Champlain as the cultural and economic hub of the region. It’s a place the Community Sailing Center calls home. And members are excited for their new digs.
This group is proud to be a part of the renaissance along Burlington’s Waterfront.