Bowdoin Announces New Boathouse at Coastal Studies Center

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College has announced the construction of a new boathouse for the sailing team at the Coastal Studies Center. Already underway, the project should be completed in time for the spring sailing season.

"We are excited to be moving forward with a wonderful new facility for our Sailing program," says Director of Athletics Tim Ryan. "Our facility will provide significantly improved locker room, meeting and storage space for our team, while also serving as a classroom for students conducting research at our Coastal Studies Center.  We look forward to partnering with students and colleagues from across our community as we transition to the Coastal Studies Center this spring."

The facility will re-use the already-existing docks from the Bethel Point Sailing Center and relocate them to an enhanced 1,500 square foot facility that will feature meeting space, a coach's office, team changing rooms, new restrooms and showers, and a deck. The existing 155-foot pier at the Coastal Studies Center will be available for spectators, but will now include a new take-off landing, an 80-foot ADA accessible gangway connecting the pier to the float system, berthing for two support boats, two moorings and dry storage for 24 boats.

"The Coastal Studies Center with the new boathouse and dock setup present a tremendous opportunity for the team," says head sailing coach Frank Pizzo. "The sailing conditions are as good, or slightly better, than Bethel Point.  The boathouse will provide great functional space for the team.  The classroom will serve a great space for discussions and debriefs before and after practice thus enabling a great deal of learning. The separate locker rooms will give the team the space they need to be prepared for practice, while the pier and docks will provide a great platform for hosting regattas and should offer good spectating."

"We are so grateful for this opportunity and we're looking forward to moving into our new home."