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EASE Begins 14th SEASON of Adaptive Sailing

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.         EASE began with fundraising help from the Junior League of Erie to purchase two Access

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BMC Through the Years Collage

Through the Years: Building a canoe under the watchful eye of Buzz 1998; A new garboard for the Friendship Sloop Momentum 1999; Looking up; Early EASE Program, the first and still the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania 2000; A boatload of sailors aboard Taco the Town 2001; Young Helmsman, timeless.  

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Throwback Thursday Photos

A Throwback Thursday Album, because there are too many wonderful moments here for one photograph to capture.

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Second St. Ayles Skiff Nearing Completion

Students will be making and setting floorboards, applying varnish, and building and installing a coxswain seat on the second St. Ayles Skiff. Follow our students’ progress on our student written blog ~http://bmcstaylesskiff.blogspot.com/  

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EASE Program Begins Its 15th Season

The Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience, EASE, began in 2000. Today is the start of the 15th season. The BMC adaptive fleet has grown to five Access Dinghys,and includes a Liberty, a cat-rigged Breeze, and three 303’s. EASE is organized and run by a dedicated and accomplished crew of 20 volunteers lead by Kathy and Bren Lindell. The Bayfront Maritime Center hosted the Access Dinghy National Championships in 2004. EASE is the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania. A HUGE THANK YOU to Eric Guerrein and Lakeshore Towing Services, Inc., who allow us to run EASE from the Wolverine Park Marina. 

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A Look into the EASE Program

Spring is here, and the Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience (EASE) will soon be underway. Here’s a look into the EASE program, the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania.

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New Bayfront Maritime Center Programs to Help Veterans, Promote Rowing

The Sunday Erie Times News ran a story today covering BMC’s 2 new programs that will begin this spring. Thank you to the Erie Insurance Giving Network for supporting  BMC’s important new program, Veterans at EASE, designed  to help United States Veterans.    

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New Covers for the EASE Access Dinghies

Over the weekend Bren and Mike picked up the new EASE Access Dinghy covers.  They are fantastic! Thanks to the friends and family of the late Donald L. Smith, for the memorial contributions sent to BMC. Don was an avid sailor and a boat builder, so his daughter thought that it would be fitting that the funds be used for our adaptive sailing program, EASE. Due to this kind gesture, we were able to purchase new tarps for our Access Sailing Dinghies, which BMC use to teach sailing to children with developmental and physical disabilities.  

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VETERANS at EASE Program Begins at BMC

Veterans, Veterans Administration personnel, and BMC volunteers and staff were aboard for the inaugural Veterans at EASE sail on Friday October 4th. For the full story, see Veterans at EASE . Veterans at EASE would like to thank the Veterans on Deck program for their inspiration and support.

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12th Annual EASE Picnic

On Sunday September 15th, about 80 children and adults with special needs and their families, and the 25 extremely dedicated volunteers who make EASE, the Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience adaptive sailing program happen, met on the BMC waterfront campus to celebrate the 12th great year of sailing. The event included: – A barbeque picnic, – Prizes and awards for the sailors – Premier viewing of the 2013 EASE Video – Sailboat rides for the sailors and their families on Taco the Town,BMC’s 35’ racing catamaran, and the EASE escort vessel – Games   THANK YOU to the many dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to make EASE happen in Erie! EASE is the

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BMC Sails with Erie Shriners Hospitals Children

This is the 12th year of the Erie Adaptive Sailing Program, EASE, and the 11th year we have sailed with kids from the Erie Shriners Hospitals for Children. The wind and weather were perfect for a fun day on the water. Many kids were paddling kayaks for the first time! Thank you to all the EASE volunteers who have made the program grow and thrive! EASE is the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania.

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2012 EASE Program Underway

The EASE program allows youth with physical and/or mental disabilities to sail independently on Presque Isle Bay.

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10th Season of Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience

The Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience (EASE) program helps those with physical and mental disabilities enjoy the experience of sailing and maritime activities. The EASE program is the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania.

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Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper Visits BMC

Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper visited BMC today to check out our facilities. BMC appreciates Congresswoman Dahlkemper’s continued support.

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