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EASE Begins 14th SEASON of Adaptive Sailing

EASE logo June 2015 wet

EASE began its 14th season of adaptive sailing on Friday June 20th! BMC started adaptive sailing in 2000, and the EASE program became established in 2001. This is the first and still the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania. It serves the entire tri-state region. THANK YOU to the more than 20 dedicated EASE volunteers who organize, schedule, staff, and sail all day with the sailors, while parents, grandparents,siblings, and caregivers share in their experience while aboard the escort vessel, EASE-Y SPIRIT.

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One of BMC’s EASE Hansa dinghies sailing on the best natural harbor in the entire Great Lakes, Presque Isle Bay.

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Veteran racing sailor and EASE volunteer, Russ Thompson, underway with a happy young sailor.

 

 

All loaded up and ready to sail.

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Having a lot of fun out on the water.

 

 

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A beautiful sailing day in Erie, Pennsylvania

EASE began with fundraising help from the Junior League of Erie to purchase two Access Dinghies. Steadily growing since 2000, EASE now has 5 dinghies, which re-branded to Hansa Dinghy.  The 6th vessel is paid for and on its way thanks in part to grants from the Autism Society-Northwest Pennsylvania and other generous donations. This will enable program expansion to include more sailors.

 

Family members and siblings participate in EASE aboard EASE-Y SPIRIT, the new safety – escort vessel. with Mike Eisert at the helm.

This season EASE has a new escort and safety vessel, EASE-Y SPIRIT.
Thanks to the generous donations from community members who understand the value of BMC’s hands-on programming, BMC purchased a new 24′ pontoon boat this spring. It has over-sized pontoons for additional buoyancy and stability and has all of the other requirements which enabled it to pass the strict United States Coast Guard standards to be an inspected USCG passenger vessel. EASE-Y SPIRIT gets underway in the EASE program, as well as carrying students and scientists in BMC’s environmental and research programs.
USCG inspected passenger vessel #1168495, EASE-Y SPIRIT.

USCG inspected passenger vessel #1168495, EASE-Y SPIRIT.

Hands-on maritime programming.

EASE-Y SPIRIT and BMC’s waterfront campus.

The 150 HP 4 stroke Honda outboard engine is clean, efficient, and quiet, while providing all the power needed to safely carry passengers, tow BMC’s side-scan sonar, and haul our students and scientific collection nets and equipment.

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