The America's Boating Club® of Raleigh
(ABC-Raleigh) is proud to have donated
two Optimist dinghies in June, 2017 to the Junior Sailing Program of the
North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. This project was originally
conceived in 2011 by the late George Malindzak, then District 27 Educational Officer,
and shortly thereafter was spearheaded by then ABC-Raleigh
Educational Officer Lt/C Michael Dykstra, AP-IN. Over the course of six years the
project involved collaborations with and contributions from several organizations,
including District 27 of America's Boating Club®
(National organization), National Safe Boating Council, BoatU.S.®
Foundation, and Friends of the NC Maritime Museum.
The two dinghies were constructed in a three-year, volunteer effort
by members of ABC-Raleigh under the auspices of the National Safe Boating Council's
Youth Safety Program.
The donation of the dinghies to the museum's Junior Sailing Program will
help to promote boating skills and safety --two major pillars of America's
Boating Club-- at an early age.