Niantic Bay Sailing Academy Wednesday Night Charity Race

Goal of the NBSA Junior Program
The overall goal of the NBSA Junior Program is simple – to provide a fun and safe learning environment for young sailors.  We do this by offering an 8-week program providing instruction for children and teenagers ages 7 – 18 at all levels, from beginning sailing through competitive racing.

Other objectives include:

  • To help young people learn sailing, safe boat handling, seamanship, and sportsmanship
  • To help young people learn techniques of one-design racing and cruising and to help them fully develop their one-design racing skills
  • To promote youth sailing competition
  • To educate our next generation of sailors on the importance of protecting our seas, shores and air through environmental sustainability and conservation STEM Initiatives

STEM Initiatives
We are excited to announce the addition of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to our sailing curriculum. Two of our instructors, Margot Hutchins and SaraBeth Bouchard, have been trained through the US Sailing REACH Program for sailing instructors (visit to learn more).  Our goal is to provide authentic, science-based learning experiences to inspire our sailing students to embrace the science of sailing as well as a lifetime of environmental stewardship. We hope you enjoy learning from the various activities your sailor will be participating in this season.

Going Green
NBSA has a commitment to sustainability.  We have three regattas, including this Wednesday Night fundraiser, that are certified as Clean Regattas with Sailors for the Sea. The Clean Regattas program is rooted in five interconnected Sustainability Themes: Elimination of single use items, Environmental Stewardship, Green Boating, Responsible Waste Management and Community Involvement.

As you look around tonight’s event you will see new recycling bins, very limited single use items, the STEM & environmental activity being led by our junior sailors and a lot of responsible folks drinking from reusable cups!

NBSA Board of Directors
Kenneth Shluger, President
Harlan Fredericksen, Vice-President, Operations
Bill Healy, Vice President, Programs
Drew Lyons, Secretary
Christie Burke, Treasurer
George Atwood
Christie Burke
Gregory Hall
Don Landers
Constantine Manthous
James Miller
Katherine Parker
Diane Scully
Bob Shabunia
Jacque Shluger

NBSA Mission Statement
NBSA is a non-profit organization offering educational sailing programs to teach people of all ages the joy of this lifelong sport and the stewardship of local waters. Our lessons build upon sailing basics all the way through advanced racing strategies with environmental stewardship woven throughout. Our children’s programs incorporate STEM curriculum to further their educational development with real-life, practical examples.


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