Boothbay Harbor Starts Youth Sailing Program

A sailing program for students in sixth grade through twelve has stated for this season in Boothbay Harbor. Chris Liberti, the Director is the teacher of STEM education in Boothbay Region High School. He takes up this work when he isn’t spending time with the kids in the water.

According to him, the sailing program is quite competitive but not inside a school or in the sense of Interscholastic Sailing. There are going to be regattas. Students will be able to band together along with the other students in different programs and then compete as the ad hoc team at the varsity level. Also, less experienced or young sailors will be able to compete in the level of junior varsity for honing their skills.

It is expected that the first regatta is going to be held in the early half of April in Portland through Sail Maine. Liberti said that till now they have 14 kids and that isn’t huge. However, with time, the number is growing. He stated that there are students with varying experience starting from a kid who hasn’t ever been on the water to the ones who have been sailing all their lives.

They are known to sail 420 sailing dinghies with Bermuda rig, with centerboards, and two-handed crew having center sheeting. The kids come to sail during the weekends for working riggings and sail on water on Monday and Tuesday. Since it is not a popular sport, the cost for each student during the fall and the spring season is $300. Liberti has said that the club works to moderate this amount by providing students with wet suits and the other gears that they require. However, he is aware of the fact that the amount can yet be difficult to pay for some of the students.