Big donor gives Newport sailing center another $190,000

NEWPORT, R.I. — Yachtsman James H. Clark, co-founder of Netscape Communications, has contributed $190,000 to the nonprofit Sail Newport, the state’s public sailing center.

Clark last year gave Sail Newport $150,000.

Sail Newport has been in operation since 1983 to provide public access to the sport of sailing with youth and adult programs, scholarship assistance, sailing events and a public sailing center based in Fort Adams State Park, according to a news release.

Brad Read, Sail Newport executive director, the contributions have enabled Sail Newport to satisfy a huge demand for beginner and intermediate sailing lessons.

Sail Newport purchased new youth sailing dinghies, coach boats and will hire more sailing instructors this year in order to expand the summer programs, the news release said.

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