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New sailing program on Upper Saranac Lake

A new sailing program is available on Upper Saranac Lake. (Provided photo)

Long time Upper Saranac Lake sailor Barry Brogan has launched a sailing charter and learn-to sail program on Upper Saranac Lake.

The new service is being run through SAIL Adirondacks LLC, which has bases of operation on both Upper Saranac as well as Port Henry on Lake Champlain.

“We are excited to get started this summer with the new business. We received the go-ahead from the State to start operations July 1 and on the upper lake we will be sailing an O’Day 23, which is a small cruising sailboat. It is very comfortable and an excellent platform for our learn-to-sail program,” said Brogan.

“We can take up to three passengers and for this summer we are limiting groups to those coming from the same household. We have instituted strict COVID-19 prevention protocols. I will be wearing a mask at all times and masks and hand sanitizer is available for all passengers. The boat is thoroughly cleaned between cruises” he said.

SAIL Adirondacks will be offering learn-to-sail programming specifically geared toward youth ages 12-15, Brogan said.

“We are super excited to get kids out on the water. With so many attractions unavailable this summer, sailing remains a great outdoor activity that can be enjoyed while practicing some basic prevention measures. We will offer learn-to-sail morning or afternoon sessions in both July and August this summer and they will include basic sailing terminology, safe boat handling both under sail and while motoring, orientation to the major parts of the boat, and lots of on water time cruising to all the cool places on Upper Saranac Lake.

“Students interested in adding a larger boat experience can sign on for a cruise on Lake Champlain. Learning to sail or taking a sunset cruise is a great adult activity too and Upper Saranac is a wonderful and sometimes quite challenging sailing lake.”

More information on the SAIL Adirondacks’ learn-to-sail program and other sailing experiences can be found at www.SailADKs.com.

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