Fall sailing program a bonus for local kids

With after-school activities and programs reduced to a minimum this year due to safety measures for Covid-19, the Block Island Club decided to open up an after-school sailing program. The program began in late September, and the BIC invited students in grades two through five to learn how to sail. An average of 12 students attended each week in an environment of social distancing in the open air and water.
Alex Donohoe, the Manager and Sailing Director of the BIC, described to The Block Island Times how the after-school sailing program came together at the club.
“This is not the first after-school sailing program that has been done. The Block Island Maritime Institute ran one a few years ago in conjunction with the BIC, which helped to drive up local involvement in sailing. After that phased out, we started doing a Sunday sailing program for the kids in our larger 26-foot boats, which has been going on since 2017,” said Donohoe.
Donohoe noted that the program saw experienced students, and students who had never sailed. Either way, the students quickly learned the basics of sailing.
“Some were beginners, and some had experience, but for the most part, it

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