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.

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Observer.com: Who Knew There Was So Much to Do in Burlington, Vermont?

Bernie’s adopted hometown is a total fun-fest for a summer weekend

Downtown Burlington, where you'll find bars, restaurants, shops and Ben & Jerry's.

Downtown Burlington, where you’ll find bars, restaurants, shops and Ben & Jerry’s. (Photo: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

The secret to survival all New Yorkers eventually learn is that, every once in awhile, you need to get the hell out of this place and breathe in some fresh air. As summer has us all itching to escape, places that feel simple and eclectic as well as reminiscent of coveted fictional towns, like Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow, are calling our names. If you want a perfect destination for this craving, head to Burlington, Vt., a town that mixes chic city luxuries, good food and boutique accommodation with proximity to nature. Only a one-hour flight, it’s the perfect weekend retreat.

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Students Get Stem Lessons on The Waters of Lake Champlain

Report By: Amy Ash Nixon, VTDIGGER.COM

BURLINGTON – Students from local schools are learning the ropes through a new science, math, engineering and technology program on Lake Champlain.

The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center has offered on-craft courses since 2008, and recently created a new program, Floating Classrooms, that gives more than 900 students a year an opportunity to apply their science and math knowledge as they sail across the lake.
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Top Ten Summer Camps (Countrywide)

Report By: Famadillo.com

At the Burlington Waterfront on the shores of Lake Champlain, the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center offers a wide array of kids camps. Each camp has a sailing component, but the multi-activity camps allow children to experience the unique sport of sailing while also receiving lessons in rockclimbing, skateboarding or healthy cooking. In “Cooking and Sailing”, for example, campers (age 9-12) spend the morning sailing and the afternoon exploring organic and local culinary pursuits at the Healthy Living Market and Cafe.

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Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center unveils floating art gallery

Report By: Vermont Business Magazine

The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, in partnership with Dealer.com, unveiled on Thursday evening the first ever Floating Gallery – a collection of original artwork printed on sailboat sails. The product of an eight-month long project, Floating Gallery features work by four local artists – Scott A Campbell, Michael Sipe, Abby Manock, and Mary Lacy – all with a vision to create a one-of-a-kind waterfront experience for the Burlington community.
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Adaptive Sailing Clinic on Burlington’s Waterfront

Report By: Christine Sounders, My Champlain Valley.com

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Any person, any age, any skill level can learn to sail.

That’s the message behind one unique clinic.

Sunday, the Sailing Center teamed up with the Adaptive Sailing Clinic to make that a reality.

ABC22’s Chief Photojournalist Steve Longchamp takes us to Lake Champlain for an up close look at these promising sailors in action.

“We’re doing an Adaptive Sailing Clinic to generate interest for our programs. We’re trying to get more disabled sailors involved in the programs. We have two Martin 16 sailboats that we sail at Mallett’s Bay and there’s two Martin 16 sailboats at the Community Sailing Center, so there’s a lot of opportunities for people with disabilities to sail,” said Brad Stevenson, a disabled sailor.

“We like to say that we leave our dependence on the docks, you know when we go out sailing. That you’re out there and it’s just you and the boat and the wind and the water. And the boat’s designed so that it minimizes any of the physical components of sailing so that you are the skipper and working directly with nature and the elements at that point. There’s nothing more liberating than that,” said Patrick Standen with Northeast Disabled Athletic Association.

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Come Sail…Delay

Coverage By: WCAX / Scott Fleishman

Lake Champlain is calm these days. It makes a great postcard, but for some the scene is anything but picture perfect. Ice, nearly 18 inches thick in places, has delayed sailing season preparations for UVM and the Northern Vermont High Schools.

“We usually would’ve started a month and a half ago,” UVM sailing tem member Sara Anibal said. “I’ve never seen it this frozen. I don’t think anyone could have predicted that it was going to be this bad.”

“Typically our season wouldn’t start for another week,” Burlington High School Sailing team member Ben Hunt said. “I don’t know if the ice is going to melt by then.”)))

Last year, teams were on the lake by early March. Now they’re looking at the worst conditions since 2007.

“Our season’s really short so when you lose a week, it’s a significant amount of time,” Hunt said.

Their equipment remains idle, while the competition keeps busy.

“It’s pretty frustrating, we’re already at a disadvantage to the other teams that have been on the water,” Anibal said. “We have to really try in our workouts, make the most of our meetings, but the morale of our team is great this year. It’s good to see.”

UVM will start practicing on Mallets bay this week, but only time will tell when Lake Champlain will invite all to come sail away.

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Mayor Weinberger supports CSC as part of proposed TIF investment

“It is time for the 20-year-old Community Sailing Center to have a permanent home on the waterfront.  The proposed TIF investment will leverage approximately $4.5 million of independent investment by the Sailing Center and allow the Sailing Center to expand its programs and services that allow hundreds of Vermonters from all backgrounds to enjoy the Lake every summer.”

See the Mayor’s open letter

Community Sailing Center Rallies for Burlington Waterfront Plan

The Community Sailing Center is shifting into gear, trying to encourage Burlington voters to vote yes on ballot initiative two, Waterfront Access North.

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Seven Days writer goes outside of comfort zone to sail

“As my grandmother loved to tell it, my first experience with sailing ended with 4-year-old me screaming in the cabin of my grandfather’s Bristol 27. “I hate boats!” I howled as theL’Allegra was tossed around in an angry Narragansett Bay. Though I’ve come to enjoy other forms of boating, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve boarded a sailboat since that treacherous afternoon excursion in Rhode Island some 30 years ago.”

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