The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum will offer its free youth sailing program, Sail Kids For Free, through the Midcoast Sailing Center. This one-week program, which will run through July and August, was created to provide access to sailing for kids 6-14, regardless of their ability to pay.

Museum Waterfront Director, Diane Sternberg, said, “There are so many kids in our area who don’t have ready access to the water, to lessons, to sails. This is a great opportunity to learn the systems that are involved in sailing, to learn about the environment around us, and most importantly to learn to enjoy captaining their own vessel. Sailing strengthens confidence, leadership, and resilience, safely, outside, away from their electronic devices. This is the perfect activity to help them reach out from the locked down world that we’ve all been living in for the past year.”

“Our programs are diverse and growing,” said museum co-founder and Board Chair, Capt. Jim Sharp, “We offer SKFF, but also lessons for more experienced sailors, both youth and adult. We’ll also be hosting day sails on museum vessels, charters, and other educational programming. These programs are perfect complement to a museum that focuses on and celebrates the marine and industrial heritage of this area.”

For more information on SKFF or other programs of the Midcoast Sailing Center (a program of the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum), email diane.sailpowersteam@gmail.com or call 701-7625. sailpowersteammuseum.org or midcoastsailingcenter.org.