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May 1, 2014 - Event
Bruce Kirby Talk: The History of Boat Design
Come join us on May 1 at 6.30 P.M. at the Mystic Seaport Latitude 41 Restaurant for a presentation by BRUCE KIRBY on the history of boat design.

Hors d’ouervres, cash bar, prizes

We are pleased and honored to have Bruce and Margo Kirby at this fifth annual Sea-Legs Celebrity Night.
Bruce was born to a sailing family, but it was at a time when our tradition-bound sport was at the cutting edge of an evolution that’s still in full swing. More than half a century ago, Bruce found himself at the helm of an International 14 dinghy. He rose to the top in this highly competitive class and arrived at the point where hull shape and rig design became the variables that would determine which skipper would come out on top. As the young Bruce Kirby prevailed, design, technology and materials became available and he grasped their importance, just as rapidly as he mastered sailing technique. Bruce and his International 14 rivals had to be experts in all of the above.

These factors fermented in Bruce’s creative mind and around 1970 a boat dubbed “The Weekender” came forth. Bruce and his buddies registered it for a regatta at The Playboy Club on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin—a regatta designed to promote boats costing less than $1000. There “The Weekender” showed her promise and soon was christened “Laser” which is, today, one of the most ubiquitous sailboats ever known. And an Olympic class.

It could be argued that the Laser has done as much to make sailing accessible, worldwide, as any other sailboat. But it has done more than that. Top sailors racing today, in any class of boat, have probably climbed through the competitive ranks by spending time aboard a Laser. And, in doing so, have shared an experience—and a regatta or two—with folks who are, or will become, the fastest sailors in the world.

Furthermore, the Laser experience has touched all classes of boat and sailor, making boats better and sailors faster. This is due to the standard of excellence and seat-of-the-pants go-fast that every Laser sailor must acquire to stay out in front in any given race.

Folks who sail have to know that the way from A to B isn’t always a straight line. And Mr. Kirby’s life has taken many tacks. Sure, he raced sailboats and designed them; but he was also a sailing writer and spent time at the helm of the magazine now called Sailing World. At the age of 85 he remains active in the Sonar fleet at his local yacht club. You might run into him this summer out there on Long Island Sound, jockeying for position on the starting line.

Bruce was responsive to me when Sea-Legs, Inc. received the donation of a boat he helped design—a one-of-a-kind craft—on which he had consulted with the owner/builder and sailed the finished product. In the course of those conversations I told Bruce about Sea-Legs—and our attempts to help kids who are not from maritime backgrounds, gain a maritime identity and the liberation of human potential that such an identity can allow.

Dick Lathrop
CEO Sea-Legs, Inc.

Tickets: $40 in advance; $50 at the door

To buy tickets, phone or text Richard Lathrop (860) 912-5393 or email (say “tickets” in the subject line). Tickets may also be purchased at the following businesses: Defender Industries, Filomena’s Restaurant, Mystic Boathouse Restaurant, West Marine, Bank Square Books, Dog Watch Cafe.

Order Tickets Online Via PayPal

All proceeds benefit Sea-Legs, Inc.: Expanding kid’s horizons since 1998

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download press release for event

posted on 2014-03-15

April 10, 2014 - FYI
"On Watch: Dick Lathrop"
Article spotlighting Sea-Leg's own Richard Lathrop in Windcheck magazine!

read the article
posted on 2014-04-10


April 26, 2012 - Event
Celebrity Night Starring John S. Johnson, Chairman of OpSail 2012CT
Mr. Johnson is planning to take the audience "Inside OpSail" by discussing the background of this highly successful international maritime event. He brings vast experience as a participant in America’s Cup campaigns, as a former chairman and founding board member of the International Yacht Restoration School, and as a shipyard owner.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 or at the door for $30. Ticket price includes access to the inside exhibits at the Aquarium as well as appetizers.

All proceeds benefit Sea-Legs, Inc.

Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT

April 26, 2012, starting at 6.30

By phone:
Richard Lathrop
(860) 912-5393

Online through Bidding for Good.
(registration with B4G is free)

Or mail a check made out to Sea-Legs, Inc. as follows:
Sea-Legs, Inc.
19 Guthrie Place
New London, CT 06920

The Mystic Boathouse
The Mudheads
posted on 2012-04-04

April 12, 2012 - Event
West Marine Cruising for a Cause Charity Event
Special event at West Marine's new flagship store in Old Saybrook to support local charities. Food, drinks, live entertainment, and hot deals!

Tickets are $10 each. Contact Dick Lathrop of Sea-Legs for more details:
(860) 912-5393

West Marine Store
1667 Boston Post Rd.
Old Saybrook, CT

April 12, 2012, 6-9PM

Pettipaug Yacht Club
Mystic Seaport
Maritime Education Network, Inc.
Connecticut Marine Trades Association
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

View Event Flyer
posted on 2012-04-04


November 26, 2011 - Announcement
Sailing Texas
Sailing Texas now working with Sea-Legs to help fund mentorship programs! Sailing Texas has over 9,000 pages of information on boats and sailing and helps people buy and sell sailboats. Visit their website.
posted on 2011-12-01

September 7, 2011 - Announcement
The Sea-Legs Search for Algal Bio-fuel
Sea-Legs participants are completing this year's water sampling for a Brooklyn College laboratory. Read more about this project on our "collaborations" page.
posted on 2011-09-07

April 28, 2011 - Event
Please join us for the Sea-Legs benefit at Mystic Aquarium on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 6.30PM. Meet Clay Burkhalter and watch a film on his exciting solo journey south of the equator!

Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration
55 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT 06355-1997

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:
Dog Watch Cafe, The Mystic Boathouse, Main Street Grille (Niantic), Filomena's (Waterford), West Marine, Mystic and West Marine (New London), Defender Industries (Waterford) or by contacting Dick Lathrop per email:

Tickets $30
All proceeds benefit Sea-Legs.

View Event Flyer
posted on 2011-03-14


April 16, 2010 - Event
Wine-and-Cheese Reception Featuring Captain William Pinkney
Please join us for the Groton Sea-Legs fundraiser featuring Captain William Pinkney, global circumnavigator and first captain of the Amistad.

Shennecossett Yacht Club
1010 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT

Patricia Sparkman, 860-572-1431
Richard Lathrop, 860-912-5393
Bank Square Books, Mystic
Tickets $20
View Event Flyer
posted on 2010-02-27


December 14, 2009 - Announcement
Facebook page
Sea-Legs is now on Facebook!
Become a fan!
posted on 2009-12-14


July 17, 2006 - Announcement
Sea-Legs New Website
We look forward to bringing more online integration with our program through our new website. If you have any comments or suggestions, contact Dick Lathrop at:
posted on 2006-07-20

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