Learning to Sail

Even though they were eager to learn to sail, Janelle and Samantha’s first experience on the Hartley did not go so well! They were frightened of how much faster and harder the bigger boat was to control. They tried to get back on course for a few minutes, and then I volunteered to jump in […]

The Student Becomes the Leader

Angelina opened up to me quickly at our first after-school program. While it was obvious she felt like an outsider, she came forth and spoke to me about her doubts at the end of the day. The next time Angelina arrived at Ocean Beach, she jumped right in. By no means an expert, she felt […]

Trying Something New!

While there have been days and moments when I feel I have impacted a child’s life, the acts I did for students on their first day of sixth grade are the things I am most pleased with. The first day of school is always filled with nervousness and excitement. For any incoming sixth grader, the […]

Gregory’s Turn

One by one students plopped into the water and swam their best. Finally, it was Gregory’s turn. He cautiously stepped down the ladder into the water and hung onto the wall, looking at me for further instructions. I asked him to start swimming and go as far as possible—but I only received a couple blinks […]

The Wonders of the Ocean

I am standing in the Alewife Salt Marsh, holding out an especially tiny hermit crab to Egan, the delighted 7th grader beside me. He reaches for it and it plops down in the water again. It scampers away quickly, but Egan – our undeterred resident naturalist- pursues it happily down the marsh. He locates it […]

2016 Annual Benefit Gala: It’s All About the Kids

NESS will hold its 8th Annual Benefit Gala on Saturday, November 5, 2016. This year’s gala will highlight NESS’s year-round ocean adventure educational programs for students in grades PreK-16 as well as honor all those who helped NESS serve more than 6,000 students throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island since last year. Funds raised at the […]

NESS Announces New Chairman of the Board

NESS announced that the Board of Directors has elected William (Bill) Follett as its first Chairman of the Board Bill Follett has been a director on NESS’s Board for two years. He recently retired as Founder and CEO of Dotcom Distribution, the premier distribution company he owns in Edison, New Jersey. Bill previously held positions […]

Powerboating Tips from NESS’s Director of Operations

Top 5 Tips from NESS’s Ben Yanni On Friday, August 5, NESS Director of Operations Ben Yanni and Jim Quinn were driving a powerboat with their significant others after dinner in Watch Hill. Around 8 pm, they saw half a dozen adults waving for help out on the water. According to The Day’s Deborah Straszheim, […]

World Oceans Day – June 8, 2016

Today was not your typical World Oceans Day in Stonington. Around 5am, Bob Guzzo, the owner of the fishing boat “Jenna Lynn II” snagged a sunken 32-foot powerboat with his fishing net off Watch Hill. The powerboat sank last November 13 after hitting rocks near Watch Hill. While the Coast Guard did a search to […]

Congressman Joe Courtney Sails at NLCB

Congressman Joe Courtney visited New England Science & Sailing’s (NESS) New London Community Boating facility at Greens Harbor Beach on Friday, May 20. While there, the Congressman sailed with a select group of students from Bennie Dover Jackson’s STEM Magnet Middle School on one of NESS’s Sonars. The group participates in NESS programs during the […]