Local AdventureSail Day in Kingston Introduces Middle School Girls to Sailing
At-risk youth participate in Kingston session of nation-wide sailing initiative
KINGSTON, N.Y. – The Kingston Sailing Club partnered with Mentor Me of Ulster County, the Sailing School at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, and the National Women’s Sailing Association on Saturday, August 14, 2021 to offer a unique opportunity for local middle school girls. Almost 20 participants came to the museum’s waterfront campus as part of the nation-wide AdventureSail Day initiative. Girls at the Kingston session experienced a day-long introduction to sailing basics while developing self-confidence and exploring career paths in the maritime industry.
The AdventureSail program was begun by the National Women’s Sailing Association in 1996 as a mentoring program for at-risk girls between the ages of 9 and 14 and is run by community sailing centers and yacht clubs all around the country. 2021 was the first year Kingston Sailing Club participated.
The goal of AdventureSail Day is to enrich the lives of America’s underserved girls through sailing, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. The program seeks to open girls’ eyes to a multitude of life’s positive possibilities, and through continued participation in sailing, a positive activity that will encourage affirmative life choices, help girls develop self-confidence to overcome adverse living conditions, and introduce career paths and opportunities that involve the marine industry, marine related sciences and their local waters.
Kingston Sailing Club’s AdventureSail Day began with an hour of introductions, practice in tying basic knots, and a “chalk talk” on the parts of a sailboat and the basics of sailing, all presented by professional sailing instructors who volunteered their time to teach the girls and their chaperones.
Next, eight volunteer Kingston Sailing Club (KSC) skippers and eight volunteer KSC crew members each took out one adult mentor and two girls for four hours of sailing on the Hudson River aboard their sailboats. Lunch was generously donated by the local Bruderhof Communities and was eaten picnic style on the boats.
Participants and their mentors got to experience riding on sailboats, setting the sails, trimming the sails, steering the boats, and some even went for a brief swim! For most of the mentors and girls, the day was a first sailing experience. After some initial nerves, the girls and their mentors participated in every aspect of sailing the boats. Giggles, laughter, and cheers could be heard echoing across the River as the crews enjoyed the mighty Hudson.
After sailing, everyone gathered back on shore at the Hudson River Maritime Museum Boat school for photos, talked about future sailing plans, and celebrated with an ice cream cake.
Each of the girls took home a backpack donated by the National Women’s Sailing Association, filled with snacks provided by Mother Earth’s Storehouse in Kingston, a water bottle, a notebook and pencil, and a Riverport Women’s Sailing Conference t-shirt donated by Kingston Sailing Club members. Most importantly, each girl got a card with information about the Sailing School at the Hudson River Maritime Museum and an invitation to apply for a scholarship to participate in its Youth Sailing Program in 2022.
For details about classes and registration for Youth Sailing School offerings, visit the Sailing School online at www.hrmm.org/youth-sailing-program or call 845-338-0071.
Conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley
Proposal deadline August 27, registration coming soon!
KINGSTON, N.Y. – The Hudson River Maritime Museum, The Library at the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center, TMI Project's Black Stories Matter, the Underground Railroad Education Center, and the Harambee Coalition and Pine Street African Burial Ground are proud to host the 2021 Conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley, to be held Saturday, October 2, 2021 at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, NY. The conference will be available for a limited number of attendees in-person, and will be simultaneously broadcast virtually via Zoom.
The focus of this conference is the history of Black and African-American residents in the Hudson Valley, including communities and work along the canals and tributaries of the Hudson River. The Conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley is open for researchers of all levels to apply as presenters. The general public is welcome to attend.
The call for proposals is still open and the conference organizers encourage researchers of all levels to apply at www.hrmm.org/black-history-conference. Proposal deadline is Friday, August 27, 2021. Proposals and any questions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone with an interest in Black history is invited to consult the Hudson Valley Black History Collaborative Research Guide, a project of the History Alliance of Kingston, for more information about Black history in the Hudson Valley. The guide is available on the conference page (www.hrmm.org/black-history-conference) and on the History Alliance of Kingston (HAK) website (www.historyallianceofkingston.org). Those with knowledge of additional resources not listed may add them for inclusion via the online form available on the HAK website.
The fee to attend is $30/person for in-person and $15/household for virtual access. Registration will be live on the Hudson River Maritime Museum website by the end of August.
This conference has the generous support of SUNY Ulster as a facilities sponsor, individual donors, and others. If you would like to sponsor the conference, including ticket scholarships, please visit www.hrmm.org/black-history-conference for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries and related industries. In addition to extensive collections documenting maritime transportation, industry, recreation, and natural science, the museum offers classes and programs at its Wooden Boat School, Sailing and Rowing School, and aboard Solaris, the 100% solar powered tour boat and floating classroom. The museum is located along the historic Rondout waterfront in downtown Kingston. Visit www.hrmm.org for more information.
The Library at the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center promotes literacy through teaching and learning about the African roots experience, including history and culture, through a dynamic exchange of information, ideas, and creativity. Learn more at www.africanrootslibrary.org.
TMI Project's mission is to help craft and amplify radically true stories to ignite human connection, challenge the status quo, and inspire both storytellers and listeners to take action for positive social change. Black Stories Matter provides Black-led true storytelling workshops where Black folks can write about, share, and reflect upon their experiences without having to justify, explain, or defend the truth of their lived experiences. The culminating content -- written stories, live storytelling performances, videos, and podcasts -- is accessible to an all-inclusive audience. We pair our storytelling media with strategic tools to inspire deep introspection, a willingness to transform oneself and take bold action to end systemic racism. Learn more at www.tmiproject.org/blackstoriesmatter.
The Underground Railroad Education Center researches and preserves the local and national history of the Underground Railroad movement, its international connections, and its legacy for today’s social justice issues, thereby empowering people of all ages to be agents of change toward an equitable and just society. Learn more at www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org.
Harambee a mid-Hudson valley coalition that supports and promotes the strength of our community through cultural and educational events that enriches the lives of youth and adults. Harambee also cares for and manages the Pine Street African Burial Ground. Learn more at www.harambeekingstonny.org.
Members of the Lopez Radio Patrol, Hudson River Day Line security guards aboard the steamboat "Alexander Hamilton," September 6, 1971 (the last year of the Hamilton's Hudson River service). Photo by R. R. Haines. Donald C. Ringwald Collection, Hudson River Maritime Museum.
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