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The Storm King School Purchases Fleet of Sail Boats, Creating First Ever Sailing Team

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Mr. Sprenger and Mr. Domingue

“At sea or on the river, things happen quickly…it’s a team, they’re very dependent on each other. Two kids act as one. It’s poetry in motion, if done well.” Mr. Sprenger, Head Coach, Sailing

Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY (PRWEB) October 10, 2013

For the first time in the history of The Storm King School (SKS), sailing will be a part of the institution’s athletic curriculum in the spring. Thanks to a very generous gift from Bruce Rowland, the school has been able to purchase a fleet of six 420 sailboats from the Rochester Yacht Club in Rochester, N.Y. The 420 club boats have a jib and a main sail, which require the work of two sailors per boat. While quite a number of secondary boarding schools around the country boast sailing teams, the Storm King School joins an elite minority that actually owns it’s own fleet.

For nearly 150 years, The Storm King School has looked out over the mighty Hudson River, a major waterway navigated and explored by early Dutch settlers to the New York area. Like the Dutch, SKS students will have a chance to navigate and explore those very same waters. Headmaster Paul C. Domingue says that creating a sailing team made sense, but heretofore had been cost prohibitive. “It’s a perfect match for us, given our location…but [an] expensive sport to launch,” says Mr. Domingue. Fortunately, Mr. Rowland’s gift will allow the school to also purchase sailing equipment and other gear necessary to entirely outfit the team.

“The addition of sailing to the Storm King School’s athletic program further diversifies the department’s offerings. Sailing will give many students the opportunity to try something new. Sailing also places our athletic program into a category shared by a limited number of other boarding schools,” says Joseph Graziosi, SKS’s athletic director. Indeed, the Storm King School’s sailing team will be competing in regattas as a member of the New York Interscholastic Sailing Association (NYISA), a league of the MidAtlantic Scholastic Sailing Association (MASSA).

Wim Sprenger, department chair of foreign languages at the Storm King School, will coach the sailing team. In addition to having a lifetime of sailing experience, Mr. Sprenger coached the College of Marin Sail Team in San Francisco, is a certified Keel Boat, Advance Keel Boat and Bare Boat instructor and holds a 100 Ton U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine Captain’s license. “The learning curve is going to be awfully steep. We’re going to deal with the river, which, in this stretch of the Hudson, is an estuary. We’re not only dealing with finicky winds but there’s a tremendous current shift all of the time, every six hours.”

That said, Mr. Sprenger maintains that it is easier to learn sailing on a river than an ocean, and is optimistic about the long-term benefits of training students on the Hudson. “I’m excited, especially if we start off nurturing the underclassmen; sophomores, maybe freshmen, to where they can progress each and every year. Because the learning curve is going to be very steep. Once they get the hang of it, then we’ll be very competitive.”

Mr. Graziosi says that the addition of a sailing team augments an already rapidly growing athletic program at the school. “In the past two years we have added crew, girl’s soccer, golf, fencing, girl’s lacrosse, baseball, mountain biking, and climbing. We have also expanded current offerings to include junior varsity girl’s basketball and volleyball.” Mr. Graziosi adds that the number of students participating in sports at the Storm King School reached over 90% last year.

Due to the sometimes unpredictable nature of water sports, students will be required to know all facets of sailing ranging from boat nomenclature, to boat repair and maintenance, to the skills needed to operate a sailboat. “At sea or on the river, things happen quickly…it’s a team, they’re very dependent on each other. Two kids act as one. It’s poetry in motion, if done well,” says Mr. Sprenger.

The Storm King School, founded in 1867, is an independent, coed, boarding and day school for students in grades 8-12 located on Storm King Mountain in Cornwall on Hudson, NY. For more information: http://www.sks.org.

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YachtWorld, the online marketing partner of brokers worldwide and part of Dominion Marine Media, has announced the launch of Galati Yacht Sales’ newly redesigned website, galatiyachts.com. Stunning imagery, streamlined navigation, boating resource articles, and quick access to yachts for sale make galatiyachts.com the preferred destination for yacht buyers and yachting enthusiasts.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) October 09, 2013

YachtWorld, the online marketing partner of brokers worldwide and part of Dominion Marine Media, has announced the launch of Galati Yacht Sales’ newly redesigned website, galatiyachts.com. Stunning imagery, streamlined navigation, boating resource articles, and quick access to yachts for sale make galatiyachts.com the preferred destination for yacht buyers and yachting enthusiasts.

Galati Yacht Sales, seller of both new, pre-owned and brokerage yachts, is one of the largest dealer/brokers in North America. With hundreds of boats for sale, allowing boat buyers to easily peruse available inventory was paramount in the new design. Sections for new yacht models, brokerage yachts for sale, and deals and specials have made it easier than ever for buyers to find their next yacht.

The new Customer Tools tab keeps customers engaged with the Galati team and helps users prepare for their next boat purchase. They will also find the Yachting Articles and Blogs sections full of boat reviews, event information, and exclusive updates from Galati’s manufacturer partners.

With nine locations, a powerful yet flexible website solution was needed to meet Galati’s needs. Built with YachtWorld’s proprietary content management system, Galati Yacht Sales can now update more than 1,500 pages of web content quickly and easily. Additionally, seamless inventory integration via BoatWizard, YachtWorld’s inventory management tool, allows Galati to manage its inventory in a central location.

“We initially picked YachtWorld as our website partner because of the ease of managing content and automatic inventory integration from BoatWizard, but we ended up being most pleased with the stunning design their team created,” said Darren Plymale, vice president of Galati Yacht Sales. “Since the launch of the site, we have seen a dramatic increase in not only web traffic, but also generated leads and sales,” Plymale said.

“We were excited for the opportunity to build Galati’s new website,” said Ian Atkins, senior vice president for YachtWorld. “The Galati team challenged us to create a website that engages visitors visually while maintaining focus on their inventory for sale. I’m extremely pleased with what we’ve created for the new galatiyachts.com,” added Atkins.

About Galati Yacht Sales – Our mission is to consistently exceed the expectations of our customers. Galati Yacht Sales maintains a team in excess of 150 members who all take great pride in their ability to deliver our mission statement. The commitment to our customer by every member of Team Galati has contributed to our being recognized annually by our manufacturing partners as the “top performer” in both sales and service of their brands. Galati Yacht Sales has 9 locations spanning the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas as well as Michigan and Costa Rica. Galati Yacht Sales was named the number one dealer in North America by Boating Industry for 2007 and 2008 and is now a member of the Boating Industry Hall of Fame.

About YachtWorld

YachtWorld is the single most powerful and effective global marketing solution for yacht brokers worldwide. With more than 125,000 brokerage boats offered by more than 2,400 yacht brokerage houses and 10,000 individual yacht brokers in 143 countries, YachtWorld.com receives nearly 2.5 million global visits by boating enthusiasts each month. YachtWorld provides a complete suite of online marketing services for its yacht broker members through BoatWizard and SoldBoats.com, their proprietary back-end tools. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, YachtWorld has European headquarters in the United Kingdom, with sales and customer service representation in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Turkey and Estonia.

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