2009 MAYORS CUP CBC, US SAILING, AND PASA SET SAIL
Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline rides on one of the three sailboats competing
in last years Mayors Cup regatta that began from India Point Park.
Twenty Providence middle-school students participated in the regatta, an outgrowth
of a partnership between the Providence After School Alliance and the Community
The Providence Journal / Steve Szydlowski
Providence Youth to Sail in Mayors Cup July 29, 2009
Providence The Mayors Cup will feature 20 Providence middle school students at the helm of three sailing vessels in a half-hour race launching from the Community Boating Center at India Point Park.
The regatta is an outgrowth of a partnership between the Community Boating Center, Providence After School Alliance, and US Sailing, which offered funding through the Kilroy Foundation to award scholarships for participants in CBCs summer sailing classes. The 20 participants are first-time sailors, who in just over a month, have gone from learning the terminology to taking the helm of the 22-foot boats.
The only thing better than spending the summer sailing on the upper bay is getting a chance to do it with the Mayor, John OFlaherty, executive director of the boating center, said. This event has not only helped to show that the Providence waterfront is alive with sailing activity, it is proof-positive that inner-city youth have adopted CBC as their waterfront home.
OFlaherty said that Mayor David N. Cicilline plans to race on one of the three vessels though hell be an observer only.
Sailing is a wonderful way to keep our children engaged in learning during the summer months as they apply many of the things theyve learned in the classroom, like math and science, out on the water, Cicilline said. Activities like this also go a long way towards boosting our students confidence and broadening their horizons.
The three 22-foot Hunter 216 boats will leave from Community Boating Centers India Point dock and embark on the first leg of their triangular course. Each boat is crewed by eight sailors, including CBC instructors and the mayor.
After they dock, Cicilline will present the winners with the Mayors Cup. While this is the first time that Community Boating Center has offered summer programs with the help of US Sailing and the Kilroy Foundation, the Boating Center has worked with PASA to offer spring, summer, and fall programs in the past.
For additional information contact:
Community Boating Center
India Point Park, 109 India St., Providence, RI 02903
tel: 401.454.SAIL (7245)