Niantic Bay Sailing Academy (NBSA) is offering eight scholarships to its Junior Sailing program this summer – two to each of the four town school systems located between the two rivers (Connecticut and Thames), namely, Lyme-Old Lyme, East Lyme, Waterford and New London.
Eligibility is up to Grade 8, but the program is more focused on younger students. The NBSA is especially seeking local youth, who may not have otherwise been exposed to sailing — a sport which offers camaraderie, competition and the development of lifelong skills.
Visit NBSA at the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau Summer Camp & Activities Fair on Wednesday, April 1 (no foolin’!), from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Commons.
Niantic Bay Sailing Academy is a not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization based at the Niantic Bay Yacht Club (NBYC) in Niantic, Conn., a leader in junior sailing nationally and internationally for over 50 years. Hundreds of sailors have had the opportunity to experience sailing through this program. Sailors from NBYC’s Junior Program have gone on to compete in collegiate, national, world competition as well as the America’s Cup, and even, the Olympics.
Equally important are the countless young men and women who have taken their experiences at NBYC and gone on to make sailing a lifelong passion whether it be ocean/coastal cruising, competitive racing, day sailing, or just “messing around” in boats.
The NBSA was formed to teach sailing to area youth with an emphasis on the environmental sensitivity to the waters on which we sail. Its goal is very simple — to provide a fun and safe learning environment for young sailors.
Niantic Bay Sailing Academy offers a four- or eight-week summer program (June 22 – August 14), which provides instruction for ages 7 – 17. All abilities are welcome – from beginner sailors to those who seek more competitive racing. Classes meet several times per week for several hours depending on ability. Participants must pass a swim test.