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  • AmeriCorps Members Put Citizenship and Service in Action

    January 26, 2015

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”  In recognition of Dr. King's incredible legacy of service to all, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service in 1994.  Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off”. This MLK Day, the NESS SEA AmeriCorps team was joined by FoodCorps members and community volunteers to make a difference in the New London Community.

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  • 420 Racing Program Session 1 & Session 2 (ages 12-17)

    Session 1: June 22-July17 Monday – Friday, 1:00 -4:00 pm 

    Session 2:  July 20-Aug 14 Monday – Friday, 1:00 -4:00 pm   

    With a NESS boat…
    $1,000 Session 1 OR 2/$1,600  Full Season (8 weeks)
    Bring your own boat…
    $750 Session 1 OR 2 /$1,100  Full Season (8 weeks)

    Pre-requisites: Opti Racing, Opti Green Fleet, and/or Instructor recommendation; minimum sailor weight 90 pounds, minimum 200 pounds total crew
    Intermediate Level - Come learn what it takes to be successful in fleet and team racing (the fun and challenging form of sailing as a team sport). Our experienced race coaches will challenge students to perfect their boat handling techniques, with the skipper and crew developing and refining coordination and mutual reliance. Students will work on improving and refining their boat-handling skills and developing together as a two-person team.   Students will be challenged to perfect their upwind and downwind sailing techniques and will learn to better use hiking straps, tiller extensions, and sail controls and will develop their spinnaker and trapeze skills.   Students will expand their knowledge of wind, weather, and tides, and will work on basic racing techniques and rules. Students will be encouraged to compete in the many local 420 regattas that we tow boats to by water.   All students will be under the supervision of our race coaches in class and at local regattas.   In addition to fleet racing, coaches will teach the techniques, tactics and rules of team racing through practice drills and a practice-race format.   The top students from this class will represent NESS in the ECSA All-Star Regatta, a college sailing formatted event hosted each year at the Coast Guard Academy in their fleets of Collegiate 420’s and FJ’s.   This class will also participate in the popular and fun ECSA team racing series.     All students will be under the supervision of our experienced race coaches in class and at both fleet and team racing regattas.
     
  • Cardboard Boat Project at BDJMS

    Mary Horrigan
    September 29, 2015

    One of the best aspects of the engineering process is creating something from start to finish. How better to teach the 8th grade STEM students at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School (BDJMS) this process then to have them envision, plan, and create a boat from start to finish?

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  • 420 Racing Program Session 1 & Session 2 (ages 12-17)

    Session 1: June 26- July 21 Monday – Friday, 1:00 -4:00 pm 

    Session 2:  July 24- Aug 18 Monday – Friday, 1:00 -4:00 pm   

    With a NESS boat…
    $1,000 Session 1 OR 2/$1,600  Full Season (8 weeks)
    Bring your own boat…
    $750 Session 1 OR 2 /$1,100  Full Season (8 weeks)

    Pre-requisites: Opti Racing, Opti Green Fleet, and/or Instructor recommendation; minimum sailor weight 90 pounds, minimum 200 pounds total crew
    Intermediate Level - Come learn what it takes to be successful in fleet and team racing (the fun and challenging form of sailing as a team sport). Our experienced race coaches will challenge students to perfect their boat handling techniques, with the skipper and crew developing and refining coordination and mutual reliance. Students will work on improving and refining their boat-handling skills and developing together as a two-person team.   Students will be challenged to perfect their upwind and downwind sailing techniques and will learn to better use hiking straps, tiller extensions, and sail controls and will develop their spinnaker and trapeze skills.   Students will expand their knowledge of wind, weather, and tides, and will work on basic racing techniques and rules. Students will be encouraged to compete in the many local 420 regattas that we tow boats to by water.   All students will be under the supervision of our race coaches in class and at local regattas.   In addition to fleet racing, coaches will teach the techniques, tactics and rules of team racing through practice drills and a practice-race format.   The top students from this class will represent NESS in the ECSA All-Star Regatta, a college sailing formatted event hosted each year at the Coast Guard Academy in their fleets of Collegiate 420’s and FJ’s.   This class will also participate in the popular and fun ECSA team racing series.     All students will be under the supervision of our experienced race coaches in class and at both fleet and team racing regattas.
     
  • Week 10 (Aug 24-28)

    Invertebrate Zoology (AM Session, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Invertebrates are everywhere and have incredible behavior and adaptions. Examine the vast, numerous, and the extremely diverse biological make-up of invertebrates found in the Sound and on land. Venture to remote sites to collect planktonic samples, make population comparisons, and have fun being immersed in the world of animals without backbones. Includes: microscopes, boat trips, and snorkel adventures.

    $215/week

     
  • January Reflections

    Maggie C.
    No Comments February 5, 2017

    Red-cheeked and ruddy, four sixth graders push their way through the driving January wind and rain to conduct currents calculations on a very swollen and swift-moving Alewife cove.
     

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  • Year-Round Staff

    Spike Lobdell, President

    Spike founded NESS in 2002 and now serves as its President (2008 - present). He established NESS with a vision of enabling everyone to get out on the water learning … more

     

  • Week 3 (July 10-14)

    Bubble Brigade (AM Session, 9 am - 12 pm)

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    Explore the science of bubbles!  Experiment to make the perfect bubble solution, make your own bubble wands, look at how bubbles keep our aquarium animals alive, and how animals use bubbles for a variety of functions including bubble nets.  Identify surface bubbles close to the NESS docks and then go crabbing and use underwater cameras to try to see what may be lurking in the depths.

    $225/week

     
  • Week 4 (July 17-21)

    Eco-Splash (AM Session, 9 am - 12 pm)

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    Make a splash for the environment by delving into human environmental impacts, investigating biomimicry, and coming up with new ways to improve climate change.  Get into the field and learn how animals use splashes and water propulsion to aid them in communication, hunting, and escape.  Make your own splash while zooming down the face of waves on a boogie board and paddling in a kayak.   Includes:  boogie boarding, kayaking, boat trips, & snorkel adventures

    $225/week

     
  • Pine Point School (Grades 5-8) Wednesday, November 4th

    Hydrology Challenge (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Team Adventures (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)    Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Hydrology Challenge Discover how our drinking water gets to our tap and moves through the earth by studying hydrology.  Then working together as a team build your own watershed, and help city planners solve ground water issues.

    Team Adventures Hone your team working skills with three team challenges designed to teach communication and cooperation among students.  Build a newspaper structure that can hold a full can of soda with a challenging twist.  Learn to communicate with your team mates while acting as a “Sherpa”, and finish the day by creating your own team building activity.