Boating Community Service in Portland, ME
PYS is committed to supporting the local boating community, and especially the next generation of sailors:
- We are proud to support our good neighbor, SailMaine, and its Casco Bay Community Boating Center. SailMaine is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization formed to promote and support sailing in the state of Maine. At the Boating Center, High School Varsity sailing teams are coached for competition throughout the country. Each summer, hundreds of young sailors learn the ropes in Frostys, Optis, 420s, and Ynglings in three sessions of Junior instruction.
- SailMaine also has courses for adults of every level of experience. Specially challenged sailors have an opportunity to set sail in the Maine Special Olympics Program that SailMaine hosts. SailMaine is an energetic advocate for exploring the Maine coast under sail. PYS is glad to help them bring new people to the sport. Visit their website at sailmaine.org for more information on their programs.
- We support Portland’s Arts & Technology High School.
- We consistently hire high school students with an interest in attending the US Maritime Academies.
- Each March for up to 30 years, PYS has undertaken the major effort of producing and hosting the Maine Boatbuilders Show, a gathering of the finest custom and semi-custom builders, suppliers and others who are serious about boats.