Great Story: Adaptive Sailing

Smiling Woman Aboard Boat

by Kali “Orca” Cika After years away from the water, Cynthia, a former Stonington resident, was overjoyed to take the helm of Sweet Caroline, one of our adaptive sailing boats. This 23-foot keelboat is uniquely outfitted for sailors like Cynthia, who has decreased mobility due to stroke. She gracefully used the bars and connective benches […]

Great Story: Perseverance

West Side Middle School Children Kayaking

by Lauren “Noodle” Barber “Last year I was in the back of the group, but this year, I’M IN THE FRONT!” a student kayaking close on my tail exclaimed as he zipped through the water with a big smile on his face. “That’s amazing!” I replied, “Maybe you can share what you learned with other […]

Great Story: Hidden in Plain Site

by Megan “Spyro” Strand via GIPHY “Stop, put down your GPS and look.” Whenever I give these instructions I always think of the Ferris Bueller quote: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” It’s true, often our students are criticized for always having […]

3 Ways You Can #OptOutside on Black Friday!

Don’t spend your Black Friday in busy shopping malls, #OptOutside! REI began a national campaign to get people outdoors by closing their stores and giving their employees a paid day off to enjoy nature on Black Friday. REI chooses life outdoors, and so do we! Not only will you get some fresh air, but time […]

How to use GiveSmart!

We are excited to use GiveSmart at our Gala this weekend for our Silent Auction and Giving Tree. Take a look at this video to learn more about how to use GiveSmart!

Longtime Educational Leader Chosen to Serve as Executive Director of Education at NESS


Longtime Educational Leader Chosen to Serve as Executive Director of Education at New England Science & Sailing Foundation Eric Isselhardt, PhD, named NESS’s first Executive Director of Education STONINGTON, CT: A veteran executive with deep experience in both nonprofit and for-profit educational organizations has been selected to serve as the new Executive Director of Education […]

One week out from our Gala!

The countdown is on! We are just about sold out of tickets (grab yours today if you haven’t already!) and are looking forward to our Gala on November 2nd. Here are a few updates for Gala goers and those participating from home: GiveSmart We are excited to use online bidding for our Silent Auction and […]

Farm to Pier Dinner Returns to New London

Farm to Pier Dinner Returns to New London NEW LONDON, CT. Farm to Pier Dinner will be returning to Custom House Pier in New London on Wednesday, August 14 (rain date August 15) at 6:00pm. The beloved event is a twist on the classic farm to table events in the region. Fresh produce, meat, and […]

Meet the Fleet: No Limit

Welcome to our new blog series entitled “Meet the Fleet.” As part of this series, we will be sitting down with our educators to talk with them about the different boats in our fleet! We sat down with Kali “Orca” Cika to chat with her about ‘No Limit’ our Independence 20 sailboat NESS: First off, […]

NESS in New London – Update!

Last month, we celebrated with New London Public School students as the school year came to a close. It was a year filled with in-school, after-school, and field trip programs with students all over the city of New London and we look forward to sailing programs at New London Community Boating and eco tours at […]