Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Meet PortSide New York's Community Sailing Program

Sometime soon, a range of Brooklynites may be able to learn in the waters off Red Hook. PortSide New York, the Red Hook-based organization which run waterfront-related programs, is making progress on its proposal to start up a community sailing program. The program, which would operate out of Valentino Park in Red Hook, would offer a mix of free and low-cost sailing programs. The idea is based on a long-standing and highly successful program in Boston called Community Boating Inc. Community Board 6 recently voted unanimously to approve the proposal for the program and its request to the Parks Department for a mooring in Valentino Park. Last fall, someone donated at 24-foot Morgan sailboat to PortSide for the program. Adults would pay a low fee for lessons and there would be charter sails. Free sailing lessons would be offered to local young people. Ultimately, the program would have 3-5 moorings in Valentino Park. For more information, you can click here.

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