Sail training scholarships available

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Mystic Seaport announced this week that more than $50,000 will be available for scholarships for the museum’s youth sail training programs in 2012.

Scholarships can be applied to the fees for the Joseph Conrad Summer Sailing Camp, youth Community Sailing programs, and the teen overnight programs on the schooner Brilliant.

The Joseph Conrad Summer Sailing Camp is an overnight camp for youths ages 10-15. During the six-day program, campers stay aboard the tall ship Joseph Conrad, sail the Museum’s fleet of Dyer Dhows, and learn the skills of the sea.

The oldest sail training program of its kind in the United States, the schooner Brilliant takes up to nine teenage participants, ages 15-18, on either five- or ten-day voyages, where they work together under the guidance of the professional crew to safely sail hundreds of miles and learn traditional seamanship skills.

The deadline for applications is May 1, although scholarships will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis if funds are available. For information on the application process, call (860) 572.5322 or visit www.mysticseaport.org/financialaid.