After a very rough winter causing damaged docks and safety boats – and another hiccup in form of vandalism in the spring – the Harry McDonough Sailing Center hopes to open this month. This wildly popular summer youth program was in jeopardy of not opening at all this season but things seem to be moving forward.
In order for the program to open, new safety boats, repair to the docks, and a general cleanup are needed to ensure that the program is safe for the young sailors. According to Billy Higgins from the Harry McDonough Sailing Center, the goal is for the program to be opened for sailing by July 30th.
Funding has been secured through the Community Preservation Act to help with costs for new docks and safety boats. This free program keeps over 100 local youths busy for the summer in addition to employing local teens as instructors. It’s an important staple in the community that many families depend upon during the summer months. So initially, when it was rumored that the program may not open for the summer, many families began to panic.
“We are planning on opening July 30th, if we can get our damaged safety boats back before then,” said Higgins via email. So fingers crossed!
This season, the sailing program is only open to returning sailors. Applications can be filled out July 23rd-July 27th from 9am-1pm at the sailing center.
More to follow!