It's full sail ahead for the Darien Junior Sailing Team.
The organization, which is an all-volunteer, self-funded competitive team, was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy and is in the process of rebuilding the building at Weed Beach.
Linda Hammett, co-commodore and program chairman of the DJST, told
the Board of Selectmen at its Sept. 30 meeting that the organization was starting at "ground zero."
The plan, Hammett told the board, is to construct a two-story elevated building on Weed Beach to become the new home of the DJST.
Selectman John Lundeen asked how much the project would cost and was told that in total, it would be roughly $100,000. The money would be raised through fundraising efforts by the DJST.
The organization was seeking a lease agreement with the town to use the space at Weed Beach, and would be subject to approval from the Board of Selectmen. The DJST intends to comply
with all town building regulations.
The DJST and its 125 or so sailors weren't about to let the storm ruin their season, however. The DJST has grown in membership since its inception in 1972, increasing from 25 sailors in the late 1990s to 125 today, with another 30 to 50 on the waiting list.
The DJST, which competes in the Junior Sailing Association on Long Island Sound, now features several instructors who were at one time students, some as young as 8, making it a "life sport" for some of those who participate.
The team's boats now are located right on the beach.
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