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Date: May 11, 2002

The Community Boating Center of New Bedford joined us for a brisk sail from New Bedford to Padanaram Harbor today. We sailed out at 1300 into southerly winds, so the trip down was a motor sail—all hands helped raise the fore and jumbo, working and singing along with the rhythm of Tom Goux’s sea chanteys.

Our destination was a sailing scrimmage (sailing is now a varsity sport in some local high schools) between students of New Bedford and the Bishop Stang School. We dropped anchor at about 1430, and our 46 passengers enjoyed watching the students race in 420’s. Crew member "Frankie" Crawford offered ‘blow-by-blow’ commentary for all three races.

Students from the Nativity Preparatory School served delicious food, and a silent auction drew bidding wars to augment fundraising efforts for the Community Boating Center.

Passengers included CBC Board Chair Charlie VanVoorhees, CBC Executive Director Joann Clarke as well as Lynn Donahue, entrepreneur and author of Brick by Brick: A Woman’s Journey (signed copies of her award-winning, inspiring memoir were donated for the silent auction).

Our younger passengers learned about knot-tying, made bracelets, and hunted for parts of the boat featured in "Mystery Photos". Tom Goux, Polly Pimentel-Zajac, Mary Helen Gunn, and other crew members entertained the passengers with a few sea-songs.

After the races, we weighed anchor for a peaceful downwind sail back to New Bedford Harbor. A moment of quiet sailing was punctuated by a terrific WHOOP as we passed through the barrier.

This event was a great collaboration between Ernestina and the Community Boating Center, a joint effort to promote and enhance youth experience in sailing. Many thanks to all who made it possible!

Captain: Amanda Madeira
Program: Coordinator Mary Helen Gunn

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