Teen Sailing in the Dark Builds Spirit

One of my fondest memories of teaching sailing in North Haven as a teenager were the night sails. That may be why I was so exited to hear about Rockland Community Sailing’s recent night sail.

The sailing program hosts two high school teams (28 sailors in all): one from Camden Hills Regional High School, and another “home” team with sailors from Watershed School, Oceanside High School, Riley School, home schoolers, and local middle schools. Coached by Patrick DiLalla, the teams participate in regattas throughout the state.

Part of the program is a night sail in Rockland Harbor each spring and fall, scheduled around the full moon. “It is a valuable team-building activity and a unique tradition,” says parent coordinator Erica Crane. Plus it’s just a lot of fun to sail at night!

The teams attend their regular practice, break for dinner, and then head back out on the water. They festoon themselves and their 420s with glowsticks, glow accessories, and all manner of flashlights and have a great time.

Rockland Community Sailing’s High School Sailing program runs for eight weeks in the spring and eight weeks in the fall. It is open to students from seventh-twelfth grades in the area. No experience is necessary and scholarships are available. Click here for more information or call KC Heyniger at 594-1800.