Updates on NSA Junior Sailors and what they are doing now…
Emma Emma began in the Junior Program when she was nine and continued through age 15. She credits her NSA experience with kindling her love of sailing, fostered in her words by, “spending every day in sailboats with my best friends in the most beautiful place on Cape Cod.”
She went on to skipper 420s for four years on the Nauset High sailing team, where she sailed with many other alumni of the Namequoit Sailing junior program. Following graduation, she flew to Hawaii and sailed with her father back across the Pacific to San Diego.
Now a student at the Eugene Lang College of the New School for Liberal Arts in NYC, and leaning toward a degree focusing on marine environmental issues, Emma will again go to sea in a sailing vessel as an intern for the Rozalia Project aboard the 60-foot sloop American Promise. This Ted Hood-designed vessel, skippered by builder Dodge Morgan, broke the solo circumnavigation record by more than 60 days in 1986. After a stint at the US Naval Academy, American Promise is now known as the trash-hunting mother ship of the Rozalia Project, and Emma will sail the eastern seaboard from Kittery, Maine, south in search of plastic and other ocean pollution and environmental dangers, combining her love for sailing with her desired career path.
Rachel Rachel remembers, “NSA had a huge impact on my childhood and my current situation. I started with the Junior Program when I was around eight. It was the perfect summer activity…laid back, compared to the intense stories I heard from friends at other sailing schools, but I was able to learn all the same skills they learned.”
Rachel went on to become an instructor at NSA’s Junior Program, and to race on the Nauset High sailing team, where she was team captain during a season where they secured all wins.
Now a student at Northeastern University taking a semester in France, Rachel notes, “Namequoit’s Junior Program taught me patience, the value I could offer as a leader, and the organization skills I could bring to not only a waterfront classroom but also to an organization and a business. Sailing has allowed me to travel all over New England, and the passion for the sport has kept my ear to the ground for events such as the Americas Cup, which I was lucky enough to attend a few years ago.”
Joe Nearly a decade of Namequoit juniors learned the keys to good sailing and successful racing from Joe shown here at the helm of a 420. Starting in the junior program on a scholarship when he was nine, he quickly developed a love for any boat that had a sail and spent hours honing his natural sailing ability.
Progressing rapidly through the ranks from student to junior instructor to instructor to head instructor, Joe’s influence and style spread throughout the entire program, from year to year. Many the Namequoit students greeted his or her parents at the end of the day’s sessions happily announcing “Joe let us trap today” or “We had fun with Joe learning the racing rules” or, even, “We played sailboat tag with Joe today.”
At Nauset High School, Joe was captain of the sailing team and brought many of his former students on to the team, one of the top-rated in the area. He would often urge the shyer of these racers to take on the skippering role, helping them gain confidence. While majoring in computer science at Boston University, he also found time to sail competitively on the Charles River, continuing to return to Orleans when he could to sail his Laser on Pleasant Bay.
Now that he has graduated and is working in information technology, he is a regular crew on Entropy, a Tripp 41, sailing out of Jamestown, RI. Every year he looks forward to the New York Yacht Club annual regatta and race week, and grabbing a summer day here and there to come back to Orleans for a sail on Pleasant Bay.