New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS), based in Stonington, Connecticut, has opened its online registration for youth summer programs. The programs offered over 9 weeks include classes in marine science, sailing, adventure sports and powerboating. Parents looking for ways for their children to have fun, learn new skills, and connect with the ocean can explore what NESS has to offer on the website: www.nessf.org
For the first time, NESS is introducing powerboating classes, combination marine science and sailing classes, as well as new classes in large keelboats. New adventure sports classes combine using boats and boards to give students as young as 9 years old the ultimate water adventure.
New for 2014, the marine science program offers a combination of marine science and sailing in the “Science by Sea” class, half day programs that use a 23’ Sonar as home base for marine science, sailing, and adventure learning, and a new full day program uses NESS’s J/105 Pflash, a 35’ sailboat. New themes promote continued learning with 54 different classes spanning 3 age groups. All age groups have new programs that include building remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and using underwater video cameras.
The sailing program has a new Junior Big Boat program aboard NESS’s J/105 Pflash. Junior Keelboat and Keelboat Kids programs use NESS’s 23-foot Sonars with spacious cockpits. New 420 programs have been designed to maximize learning for all levels from beginner to racing. NESS’s most popular classes in the Optis offer a wider selection of levels to enhance learning as well.