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The Community Boating Center (CBC) has partnered with US Sailing, the national governing body of sailing, to create a pilot program with the goal of serving as a national model for inner-city outreach initiatives.

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Funded by a grant from the John B. and Nelly Llanos Kilroy Foundation, the program will foucs on quality programming specific to the challenges of engaging inner-city youth in the sport of sailing. Quality standards adapted from the Providence After-School Alliance (PASA) will be matched with US Sailing instructional materials and best practices to help ensure consistent, high quality programming. Local youth from the Fox Point Boys and Girls Club and the Washington Park Community Center will meet twice per week each, four days per week total, for four weeks from 8/2 - 8/26. The culmination of the program will include a “City Sail-Off” regatta for bragging rights as “Top-Dawg” sailors of Providence, RI, capital of the Ocean State.

John O’Flaherty, Executive Director of CBC, commented “We are thrilled to serve as a basis for a national model to ensure that community sailing programs nationwide have access to high-quality programming standards for all deserving youth sailors.”

The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING) is the national governing body for sailing. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the organization provides leadership, promotes integrity, and fosters growth for the sport of sailing in the United States. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams. For more information, please visit

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.

For additional information contact:

John O'Flaherty
Executive Director
Community Boating Center
tel: 401.454.SAIL (7245)