Summer 2017 Week 1 Recap - Stonington

Caroline Knowles
No Comments July 4, 2017

WOW! What a fabulous first week!!
 

Our youngest students, the Little Aquanauts, had an action-packed week! Their instructor wrote: “Some of the highlights of the week included an 'insect hunt' in the meadow at Dodge Paddock where we observed oodles of dragonflies and white butterflies, catching and observing plankton under microscopes in the lab, using magnifying cameras to get a close up look of some insect specimens, hauling up traps to meet some a couple of different kinds of crabs and a lobster, learning about amphibians and meeting a live salamander, swimming off the docks, and going on a kayak adventure to the breakwater. Thank you for sharing your adventurous aquanauts with us!”

Meanwhile, the Bay Bounders classes had their own exciting week. Despite the cool water temperatures, each student in the morning class “Pack Power” went snorkeling! The afternoon Bay Bounders class had their own action packed week and tried out fishing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and boogie boarding!

The older marine science students explored marine videography, physics, and more. In the Ocean Explorers class, students took Go Pros to Sandy Point and Napatree to capture footage for their videos.

The Powerboating Class spent the week learning about safe powerboating technique and proper care and finished the week by taking their CT Safe Powerboating Exam. Great to see so many students learning about safety and the fundamentals of powerboating!

The surf and adventure sports classes report that the winter storms perfected the summer surf conditions! The surfers say that East Beach in Watch Hill is the perfect gentle slope for beginner through advanced surfers! Save the date for our annual Catch a Curl Surf Competition on September 16th.

All our sailing classes had GREAT wind this week! Whether it was Taste of Optis, our 420 race team, or the keelboat class, NESS sailors explored almost every inch of Stonington Harbor. Our classes this week also used every sailing vessel we have at NESS—windsurfers, O’Pen Bics, Hartleys, Optis, Opti Trainers, 420s, and Sonars. Also, we had three Hartley, three 420, and two Opti sailors take part in this week’s Stonington Dinghy Association’s Wednesday Night Race Series!

Last but certainly not least, we added a new style of boat to our fleet this week! On Thursday, we received a Freedom 20 and are on our way to developing and adaptive sailing program at NESS!

Last but certainly not least, we added a new style of boat to our fleet this week! On Thursday, we received a Freedom 20 and are on our way to developing and adaptive sailing program at NESS!


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