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Summary of 2007 OEP activities

Canoeing

The rather dry summer of 2007 enabled us to conduct 7 canoeing evenings for both adult and youth clients at the Charles River Canoe Center in Newton. We welcomed 2 new sighted guides and were happy to have many past guides return to participate.

Sea Kayaking

This ever-popular activity took place on the Essex River and was conducted by Essex River Basin Adventures (ERBA) on the North Shore on a beautiful Sunday in August and we welcomed one new sighted guide, as well as one new blind consumer to this fun-filled day.

Recreational Sailing

Many new clients, young and old, learned to sail, or sharpened their skills, on Saturdays during the summer at Courageous Sailing Center in Boston Harbor. We welcomed aboard one new recreational guide and we thank our wonderful core of veteran sighted sailors for providing this opportunity for blind persons to learn a new sport.

Competitive Sailing

Our racing sailors spent the summer practicing and honing their skills. We were able to add one new blind sailor and two new guides to the ranks. Our teams competed in the US Blind National Regatta in August as well as the Harry McDonough Memorial Regatta for the Blind in September. The blind and sighted racing sailors are looking forward to next season when they will be competing for positions on teams in the 7th World Blind Sailing Championships, which will take place on Lake Rotorua, New Zealand in March of 2009. We are proud of all the hard work, time and dedication exhibited by our racing sailors.

Cape Cod Nature Weekend

For the final trip of the season, the Program collaborated with the Mass. Commission for the Blind in providing a Nature Weekend at the Cape Cod National Seashore. This was led by one of our long time volunteers, naturalist, Joel Rubin, who was joined by an Education Specialist with the National Park Service. Participants enjoyed a hands-on archeology program and a field trip to a “sharpening stone”, as well as visiting a salt marsh, a red maple swamp, a meadow and the Captain Penniman House. They shared the duties of shopping, food prep, cooking and clean-up. All report that the trip was a grand success.

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