The target of our 2018 Annual Appeal is funds to help return our Junior Sailing Program to its original home. Since its inception in 1993, the Junior Sailing Program of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort has taught over 4,000 youngsters the basics of sailing. Students and parents alike have praised the program for the wonderful opportunity it provides young people and for the outstanding qualifications of our paid staff of US Sailing certified instructors.
From the first-time sailors starting out in the International Optimist Dinghy, to those that have been with us for many years of summer fun, Junior Sailing has provided a safe and enjoyable place to learn boating skills and self-reliance, and to meet new friends.
The Junior Sailing Program was displaced in 2014 by the construction of the NC Hwy 70 Bridge over Gallants Channel. The Program was relocated to the Atlantic Veneer property at Taylors Creek on Lennoxville Road for the past five years.
In 2019, Junior Sailing will return to the program’s original location on the waters of Town Creek and Gallants Channel with a temporary classroom in anticipation of the future Boating Education Center.
The NCDOT has granted permission for the Junior Sailing Program to return to the waterfront we previously used on Town Creek. New docks and a nice new gazebo are part of the waterfront improvements planned. A temporary classroom facility will be situated in the corner of the adjacent Great Lawn, just a short walk from the new docks.
Future plans call for a permanent classroom in a new Boating Education Center that is part of the Museum’s expansion at Gallants Channel.
We hope you will join us in our excitement to return to our previous home and help us achieve our goals with a financial contribution.
May we count on you for a special gift? Your support of this program will assure that we will continue teaching young people this enjoyable lifetime skill — SAILING.
Thank you for your support!