The Apprenticeshop has decided to run their fall after school sailing program, due to a slow and safe summer program. It will run for eight weeks from Sept. 1 to Oct. 22, practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The sailing staff are still finalizing details regarding Islesboro sailors with the fall ferry schedule no longer making a 2:30 p.m. run.

Interested parties can sign up at apprenticeshop.org/youth-sailing.

"Our expectations have not budged an inch around personal distancing, masks within 6 feet, and maturity in the midst of the pandemic, and we feel that the calculated risk of allowing our youth to get back on the water has the odds in our favor." The Apprenticeshop said in a press release to the paper.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we are scaling back our regatta presence to minimize interaction with other communities, and will likely only have a few very local regattas with one other program or possibly two, and these are optional of course."

The fall youth program is open to kids from seventh grade up to 12th grade; no sailing experience is required.

"Ideally, our sailors find partners they can sail with through the length of the season, and we will make an effort to minimize breaking up partners so sailors can develop a stronger team together and minimize contact with other participants." Sailing Director Nate Hathaway said in a press release.

"We do not take our role lightly as a connector in the community," he continued, "Making this decision would not have been possible without the experience of running a tight ship this summer with regards to masks, distancing and other safety measures. Our youth are the most valuable these boats will ever carry."