Mystic Seaport Museum announced scholarship funding is available for its youth summer and fall sailing programs, including Community Sailing, Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp, and Schooner Brilliant.
At last fall’s America and the Sea Award Gala, which honored Dawn Riley and Oakcliff Sailing, money was raised to provide scholarships for the Museum’s youth sailing programs. Riley is executive director of Oakcliff, which trains premier-level American sailors for future Olympic, America’s Cup, and other world-class level sailing competitions, and leads a movement to reinvigorate the sport in this country. Oakcliff Sailing is located in Oyster Bay, N.Y.
“We are so pleased to be able to offer scholarships to our youth sailing programs,” said Sarah Cahill, director of museum education and outreach at Mystic Seaport Museum. “In addition to providing a lifelong pastime for children, learning to sail can help children with self-confidence, decision-making, and math and science skills. As an education center we are gratified to be able to provide these types of experiences to children who otherwise would not be able to participate.”
Financial aid – up to 100 percent – is available based on need. Community Sailing programs are for children ages 8-14; Joseph Conrad overnight camp is for children ages 10-15; and schooner Brilliant cruises are for ages 15-18.