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Local groups work to make sailing more accessible

Sailing on Vermont’s waterways is an adventure — and a privilege. For years, sailing might have only been available to people with enough wealth to own a sailboat, or able-bodied enough to operate a traditional boat on their own.

Now, local groups are working to make sailing more accessible. Owen Milne, the executive director of the Community Sailing Center in Burlington, and Patrick Standen, the president of the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association, join Vermont Edition to discuss.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Mikaela Lefrak is the host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.
Andrea Laurion joined Vermont Public as a news producer for Vermont Edition in December 2022. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. Before getting into audio, Andrea worked as an obituary writer, a lunch lady, a wedding photographer assistant, a children’s birthday party hostess, a haunted house actor, and an admin assistant many times over.