Drive down any street in a coastal community and even before you smell the salt water or notice sea gulls circling overhead, the boats in the driveways and side yards let you know residents are connected to the nearby waters. Thanks to the generosity of the Waterfront Center donating four Sonars and a trailer to SUNY Maritime College’s Waterfront Community Programs, the quiet Throggs Neck community is becoming one of these communities. And yes, this is the Bronx. On any given day, tucked underneath the Throggs Neck Bridge, where the Long Island Sound meets the East River, folks who never even dreamed of sailing are getting out on the water. A program that started out as a way for SUNY Maritime students and professors to sail together has grown into a full-fledged US Sailing recognized Community Sailing Center serving local residents, summer camp participants and even nuns from the local monastery. All this, thanks to the support of the Waterfront Center and others. “The Waterfront Center is proud to support SUNY Maritime College’s expansion of its community sailing programs to utilize these boats to expand low cost community sailing for Bronx area residents, Maritime Adventure Boat Camp for children, Learn to Sail courses for local partners and the general public,” said David Waldo, Executive Director of the Waterfront Center. The WFC is donating some Sonars and selling others to make way for new boats manufactured by Rondar. SUNY Maritime College’s Waterfront is a recognized US Sailing Community Sailing Center and Basic Keelboat School, and one of the most successful US Powerboating Training Centers in the country. SUNY Maritime College’s community sailing keelboat fleet now includes five Sonars, a Colgate 26 and a J24. “SUNY Maritime’s collegiate sailing forms the base for our community programs. From this base we are able to train some of the best college sailors in the country while providing access to sailing for financially disadvantage students from the poorest neighborhoods in New York City that may not otherwise have an opportunity to get out on the water. We are equally proud of our Intercollegiate Varsity Sailing Team which is a Top 20 collegiate sailing program that is open to all students (no try-outs, no cuts) while developing one of the most active collegiate community sailing programs in the country. The generous donation by the Waterfront Center of four Sonars is a huge step toward our goal of acquiring a fleet of six keelboats to support the rapid growth of our community programs,” stated Rob Crafa, SUNY Maritime College’s Waterfront Director.