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Community Boating sets sails for spring opening

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  March 30, 2012 04:17 PM

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Boats float near the Community Boating docks on the Charles River before the sailing center opened for the season.


Part of a series of stories highlighting the spring awakening now taking place around the city.

White sailboats floated in neat lines along the shore of the Charles River while yellow dinghies and windsurfers sat stacked close by on the quiet docks of the Community Boating Inc. on Friday. But the serenity of the wooden docks will not last for much longer.

Over the past two weekends, more and more boating gear has appeared along the docks and in the water, adding splashes of color to the chilly water as the organization readies its fleet for one of the perennial signs of spring along the river: the first sails of the season.

Gusting wind rippled through the water and forced the occasional walker to pull up their hood or dig their hands deeper into their pockets as they walked along the sunny Esplanade late Friday morning, but the wind will not be enough to keep boaters away from waiting boats when the docks open for the season Saturday

“The majority of our core members usually come,” said Andrew Alletag, adult program director, looking ahead to the organization’s open house scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Community Boating, a not-for-profit that aims to make boating and sailing more financially and physically accessible, is opening its doors to boaters of all levels Saturday to offer tours of the boathouse, special membership promotions, free beginner sailing lessons, and a chance for boaters to rig up their sails for the first time this year.

“They’re all pretty excited to get back in the water,” Alletag said.

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Boats and supplies sit ready for boaters.

While boaters looked forward to welcoming spring by guiding their white sails across the river, signs of spring could already be found on Esplanade around the boathouse.

Workers pruned trees, the buds of white and pink flowers were starting to blossom, and teenagers sat idly on playground equipment.

A chance of snow Saturday, however, could spoil the spring fun for those on land, but those who will be on the water aren’t changing their plans.

Asked if he were worried snow my ruin opening day, Alletag said, “not really,” noting snow during previous opening days did not deter boaters.

“It is New England, so the weather changes pretty quickly,” he said.
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