Situated in one of the most beautiful areas of New England, Dublin School has its perks in terms of outdoor opportunities. A favorite destination is Dublin Lake, a deep, spring-fed body of water that's within a short walking distance from our campus. Protected by stringent motorboat laws, and graced with a lot of good wind, the lake also serves as the home to our sailing team.
Because of the lake's proximity to the school, the sailing program has a long history at Dublin. It flourished in the 1990s, then after some brief inactivity in the early 2000s, returned to form in recent years. The squad, which attracts students with a broad range of experience, practices daily during the autumn, beginning soon after students arrive on campus in early September. These are exciting practices, with the coaching staff setting up challenging boat-handling drills, skill-enhancing on-water games, and race courses in the late afternoon autumn light for students to navigate. It's an invigorating feeling to be in the middle of beautiful Dublin Lake, feeling the success from a well-sailed race with an unimpeded view of nearby Mt. Monadnock, the most climbed mountain in the world.
The sailing team uses two boat types, including eight Club-420s, which are our primary training and racing fleet. Dublin also has a 16-foot O'Day DaySailer, which can accommodate 5 students and a coach, and is mostly used in novice instruction and confidence building as the sailors work their way up to the more demanding C420s. The two boat types are similarly rigged with many identically-named parts, facilitating a students' transition from one to another. Working closely with the coaching staff, all team members are given valuable experience handling these boats, while also gaining a better understanding of what it takes to work with others on a team.
Loring grew up sailing on Dublin Lake before moving to New England coastal keelboat racing in high school. In addition to holding USSAILING small-boat coaching certification, he also brings his former experience as a youth minister in inner-city Boston to his coaching. He takes great joy working simultaneously with brand-new and experienced sailors, focusing on the recognition and development of individual performance, growth, and the ability to work closely with the other person in a boat to succeed. Loring and his family live in Dublin