The Massachusetts Bay League is the largest and oldest local group of high school
sailing teams in the country. The League was first established in 1977 as the
Greater Boston League with 7 charter member schools and renamed in 1980 with the
addition of two more schools. As high school sailing has become more popular, we
have grown to include more schools. Today, we serve over 450 kids from more than
30 schools. Our activites are described in our brochure,
our strategic plan,
and an article that
was recently published by the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA).
Approximately half of our member teams sail primarily at Community Boating, Inc.,
on the Charles River in Boston, while the remaining teams sail at various venues in
For the teams sailing at Community Boating, Inc.,
the growing number and the continuing development of our student sailors has increased the
demand on the fleet of boats available to us. In particular demand are 420s, a high-performance
double-handed racing dinghy widely used in high school sailing. While there is a plentiful supply
of Cape Cod Mercurys, a sturdy but slower boat, until 2007 there were only 13 420s
to share among 15 teams. Moreover, these 420s are showing their age (1989 and 1993) and
heavy use - we share them with the summer youth program and the women's racing program at
In January 2003, the League launched a multi-year effort to raise funds to purchase
new 420s and to expand the fleet to 24. This \was the first time that the League has
undertaken such an ambitious effort in its 25-plus year history. To purchase 24 brand
new boats, it will likely cost at least $130,000. Even of we decide to get 24
well-maintained used, but much younger, boats, it will likely cost $70,000.
During the winter of 2006-07, we were able to reach a
formal agreement with Community Boating, Inc., to share the cost of purchasing newer 420s,
to enlarge the fleet to 24 boats, and to replace these boats on a continuing basis every few years.
Under this new partnership, we obtained 12 2003 420s to replace 6 of the oldest 420s. It is
anticipated that we will replace the remaining older boats with newer boats sometime in the next 2 years.
Each of our teams at Community Boating contribute to this effort annually. These contributions made
it possible to get the first 12 boats. To get the next 12 boats, we need help
from both individuals and organizations.
There are many ways that you can help:
Please consider supporting the League so that we can continue to provide high school sailing
as part of the high school experience.
Since we are a recognized 501(c)(3) organization, all such donations are fully
tax-deductible. If you have any questions, please feel free to discuss this with your
sailing coach or any officer of the League.