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Mystic Seaport announces more than $50,000 in sail training scholarships

By Mystic Seaport

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Mystic, CT - Mystic Seaport announced more than $50,000 will be available for scholarships for the Museum’s youth sail training programs in 2012.

Scholarships can be applied to the fees for the Joseph Conrad Summer Sailing Camp, youth Community Sailing programs, and the teen overnight programs on the schooner Brilliant.

The Joseph Conrad Summer Sailing Camp is an overnight camp for youths ages 10-15. During the six-day program, campers stay aboard the tall ship Joseph Conrad, sail the Museum’s fleet of Dyer Dhows, and learn the skills of the sea.

Mystic Seaport Community Sailing offers a full lineup of sailing programs designed to build and refine sailing skills while nurturing the love of the water. Programs run throughout the spring, summer, and fall for youths ages eight and up.

The oldest sail training program of its kind in the United States, the schooner Brilliant takes up to nine teenage participants, ages 15-18, on either five- or ten-day voyages, where they work together under the guidance of the professional crew to safely sail hundreds of miles and learn traditional seamanship skills.

The scholarships are needs-based and can cover up to half of the cost of the program.

Applications are encouraged. The deadline for applications is May 1, although scholarships will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis if funds are available. For more information on the application process, interested parties can call 860.572.5322 or visit

The scholarships are the result of generous support from the William and Eileen Ames Fund, the Todd Wilkins Scholarship Fund, the George Gordon Breed Memorial Fund, and numerous private donors.

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