|Sail1Design would like to welcome our newest sponsor & Airwaves team member, FATHOM. This program sounds like a great opportunity for young aspiring sailors, and we are proud to have CNU join our team!
Christopher Newport University (CNU) is an up and coming varsity program in MAISA (Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association) located in Newport News, VA at the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay. Over the past five years the program’s leadership, under Head Sailing Coach, Maxwell Plarr, has revitalized their sailing center, installed new docks, procured a new fleet of eighteen 420s from Whitecap Composites, and had their first debut at the ICSA Women’s National Semi-Finals in 2016. There is an energy and leadership at CNU, a strive for excellence that is visible in the team and at the university. CNU has a population of roughly 5,000 students on a gorgeous 260-acre campus. It’s a four-year public institution that prides itself in small classes where professors know their students and help prepare them to pursue a life of significance. The university has spent more than $1 billion in new construction over the past twenty years and has built a beautiful campus with world-class facilities.
This summer the university sailing team partnered with the Tyler Patnaude Foundation to provide a unique opportunity for high school sailors titled Fathom, or “First at the Mark.” Advertised as a Sailing Leadership Institute, this clinic is an all-inclusive experience focused on fleet racing, team racing, sailing leadership, goal setting, self-awareness, team work, and character development. This is not your traditional summer sailing camp!
The program will take place June 18-25, 2017. Participants will get a taste for living life as a college sailor in CNU’s award winning residence halls, attend a morning session on “sailing leadership” with Dr. Elizabeth Gagnon and working on the water in 420s, lasers, and Sonars with Coach Maxwell Plarr every afternoon. The combination of sailing focused academic leadership training and physical application is to help high school sailors improve their skills and better understand their strengths so they can achieve their personal and team goals.
During the evenings Fathom will provide interaction with industry professionals such as Britton Ward, VP of Farr Yacht Design credited for the Volvo 65, the class chosen for the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, and extensively was involved in the 2003 and 2007 Oracle Campaigns. Lyles Forbes will be coming back from Bermuda to talk about the systems and foil designs unique to the current America’s Cup foiling yachts and modern catamaran developments; other speakers include sail makers and pro sailors that will be giving presentations to help understand what it takes to be a leader in our sport and what pathways one may want to pursue from campaigning for the Olympics, to building sails, or crossing oceans. Other unique opportunities will also be provided by The Mariners’ Museum for the finals of the 35th America’s Cup in the new America’s Cup Gallery that will open in May 2017. The gallery will feature the AC72 Oracle Team USA that defended the 34th America’s Cup held in San Francisco and will provide participants and guest speakers a unique back drop for presentations. If you can’t be in Bermuda, this is most likely the second best place to watch!
The best part of this clinic is the low price tag, only $1000 for the week, including lodging, meals, coaching, charter fees, speakers, etc. Fathom is open to high school sailors ranging from rising freshmen through senior year but have not graduated. Registration is open until June 1, 2017. To register or to find out more information please visit www.cnu.edu/fathom or contact CNU head sailing coach, Maxwell Plarr at firstname.lastname@example.org