Piers Park Sailing Center Introduces Thousands of Local Youth to Sailing and Marine Life

This summer, 2,370 local youth took to the water to learn how to handle sailboats and kayaks while discovering the wonders of marine biology during summer programming put on by Piers Park Sailing Center, located in East Boston.

Children age six to nine and youth 10 to 22 took part in a variety of summer programming that developed both their sailing skill set, as well as their understanding of marine science through hands-on learning.

During the Harbor Explorers program, children observed jellyfish, created nautical crafts and learned local history lessons in an all day course that alternated between on-the-water and land-based activities. This program was provided through a collaboration with Save the Harbor / Save the Bay. It is one of five programs that are offered by Piers Pier Sailing Center throughout the summer season.

The breathtaking sight of the Boston skyline viewed from aboard a sailboat is one that few have experienced. For local youth, this was a daily sight to behold as they navigated the waters of the Boston Inner Harbor.

“We love getting kids and adults out on the water and providing an opportunity for them to discover not just sailing, but also the historic Boston Harbor,” said Alex DeFronzo, executive director of Piers Park Sailing Center. “Sailing helps individuals develop a broad skill set that can be used in all types of areas. We’re honored to be able to play a small role in something that can really impact someone’s life.”

On Saturday, October 12 Piers Park Sailing Center held its second annual Race Around Spectacle Island fundraiser. The event was a celebration of the end of the season and a thank you to volunteers. All proceeds from the race went to PPSC’s programs for youth with disabilities in memory of former PPSC Board Chair Jim Donahue, a disabled veteran.

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