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Generous Grant

I would like to thank the Sag Harbor Partnership, personally and wholeheartedly, for its grant of $4,250 towards youth sailing scholarships. These funds will allow us to expand our existing sailing scholarship program and support an additional 10 juniors from our area, giving them each the opportunity of a one-week “learn-to-sail” program this August.

As with most organizations, the historic events of 2020 have caused us to do some soul-searching, and our board has determined that we would like to make a stronger effort to serve communities that historically have been underrepresented in sailing. The generous grant will focus exclusively on these efforts.

For the first time, we are now actively working with OLA, the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center and the Shinnecock Nation to find deserving and enthusiastic juniors to join our program. I look forward to sharing how they do! If even one young person discovers a lifelong love for sailing and the water, we will consider this summer a success.

Of course, Breakwater has instituted a strict set of health policies and procedures, following New York State day-camp guidelines — the safety of our sailors has always been our highest priority.

Breakwater’s mission is to foster access and a love of sailing and our local waters for all ages. We are a “community sailing center” that is welcoming and open to all who share this mission.

We are thrilled to be in partnership with this organization, as we share the same broad commitment to the Sag Harbor community. We look forward to working with the Sag Harbor Partnership on future projects in our beloved village.

Luke M. Babcock

Commodore

Breakwater Sailing Center Inc.

Sag Harbor Village

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