It is a short walk from campus to the Whitney Boat House on spring-fed Dublin Lake which is Dublin School‘s picturesque, and usually windy, sailing venue. Dublin Sailing is a fall sport. The season usually begins with summer-like weather, then as the season progresses the deciduous trees on the surrounding hills and nearby Mount Monadnock change color to provide a spectacular backdrop for the sailors. Dublin Lake is a unique place to explore, build skills, delight in the satisfaction of a well-sailed race, push the boundaries of one’s comfort zone, and deepen connections and friendships with teammates.
While there are always a number of experienced sailors, typically 25-45% of the team begins the season completely new to sailing. Sailing is a co-ed sport. The sailing coaches work with every student to develop individual boat-handling skills, and to attain first-hand a better understanding of what it takes to work successfully with a team mate to make a boat go fast. By the season’s end in early November usually everyone has raced in several competitive events and most are competent at both the helm and forward positions.
Sailing meets six afternoons a week. One afternoon we gather in an on-campus class room. The remaining days we are on the water - rain or shine - later in the season we have sailed in snow. Brief shore talks, then drills, individual coaching, and free sailing are common ingredients to practice days. One focus is to stress kinesthetic learning in the boats, to complement the audio and visual learning usually encountered in academic class room settings.
Wednesdays and Saturdays are racing days. Wednesdays we fleet race within the team –with awards for the top finishers. Saturdays feature home or away regattas. Dublin School is a NESSA member and frequent competitor at autumn SailMaine high school regattas in Portland, Maine. The sailing team customarily competes at the JV level. Dublin also competes in regattas – both at home and away - with other individual school sailing teams.
Dublin uses two boat types. Nine two-person Club-420s constitute our primary training and racing fleet. A 16-foot O'Day DaySailer, which can accommodate 4 sailors, is well-suited for novice instruction and confidence building as students work their way into the more demanding C420s. Both boat-types are similarly rigged with many identically-named parts, facilitating a students' transition from one to another.
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