The UNH Community Sailing Centre (UNHCSC) offers an affordable sailing program for students ages 5-18 of any sailing ability, and also offers classes in kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. The primary goals are for kids to have fun on the water, make new friends, and build self confidence while learning skills that are enjoyed over a lifetime.
Classes focus on different skill levels and are offered weekly for 7 weeks. Classes are held at Mendums Pond in Barrington, NH. Students can enroll in any number of weeks.
Aside from learning or improving skills, classes also teach self-responsibility, safety around the water, and teamwork.
These activities are physical sports, and sailing is highly conceptual and students learn at different rates and in different ways. The program allows for these differences by helping kids master the requisite skills at their own pace.
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For the program website: UNH Community Sailing Centre
Mendums Pond is on Hall Rd. in Barrington. If you enter Recreation Drive., Barrington NH into your map finder your GPS, it will bring you to the entrance which is marked by a large sign “UNH Rec Area”. That’s also where Mendums Lake and the Sailing Centre is located. Just follow that dirt road and ‘Sailing’ sign (at the first fork) down to the boathouse.
Alternately, from the north take I-95 N from the Boston, or I-95 S from Portland area exiting in Portsmouth NH for Rte. 4. Go west on Rte 4, beyond Durham to the Lee traffic circle, about 14 miles. Continue west 2.6 miles past the Lee traffic circle. Look for a brown sign “UNH Rec. Area” on the right as you go up a hill. Large power lines run across the road. Take a right after this sign onto Hall Rd. UNH Sailing Centre is approx. 1 mile down Hall Rd. on the left.
From Concord follow Rte. 4 E through Northwood and look for a brown “UNH Rec. Area” sign on the right as you come up a hill. Large power lines run across the road. Hall Rd. is on your left.
Diana Weidenbacker is the Director and Junior Racing Team coach and has been since the summer program re-emerged over 19 years ago. She is also the Head Sailing Coach at UNH, and the coach of M.S.S.T. (Mendums Seacoast Sailing Team Racing a combined junior high school and senior high school sailing team). When she’s not dreaming about sailing or driving her inflatable (finally) she teaches special education at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, NH. She is US Sailing Level 1, 2 and 3 certified. In addition Diana is a Level 1 Instructor Trainer.
All sailing/kayaking staff undergo yearly background checks and are trained under the Protection of Minors which includes Anti Bullying, Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse in order to provide a positive safe experience for every participant. In addition all staff undergo the CDC HEADS UP Concussion training.