Regatta Point Community Sailing is a non-profit charitable organization that teaches responsible boating and promotes environmental awareness. This membership based organization’s goal is to provide a safe, diverse, accessible, and affordable learning environment for the general public and, especially, for the youth of Central Massachusetts. This goal is accomplished by utilizing the power of volunteerism and fostering a community spirit that instills independence and confidence, and enhances the quality of life. In keeping with our motto “Sailing for All!” RPCS prices it’s programs to ensure that the greatest number of people can participate. We apply for and secure grants to keep our children’s program affordable.
In the late ’50s, the then Department of Environmental Management contacted Community Boating of Boston (CBI) for help establishing a community boating organization in the Worcester Area. Allan Fearn, the assistant manager of CBI at the time, provided plans that he drew up in college for what would later become the John F. Kennedy Boat House on Lake Quinsigamond. In July 1, 1960, Community Sailing of Worcester opened its doors with Allan Fearn as the Manager. It began by teaching children ages 12 and up to how to sail. A month later, the Adult Program was up and running.
1960 – 1963, the program was run under the guidance and funding of the Community Boating of Boston’s board of directors. In the spring of 1963, Regatta Point Community Sailing, Inc. (RPCS) the non-profit corporation was born. Al Fearn was named the manager.
1963- 1999, Allan Fearn was the manager of Regatta Point Community Sailing, Inc. During his time, we educated thousands of kids and adults alike. Many of these people still keep in contact with RPCS and have gone on to be lifelong sailors. Al saw the changing of the fleet of sailboats from the original Rebels to the DaySailor and finally to the modern White 14s. During his tenure as manager, no child with swimming ability was ever turned away from the program, a tradition that still continues to this day.
1998, after 39 years in service, the state legislature under the guidance of Representative Ron Gauch approved funds for remodeling the building. At the dedication ceremony, it was unveiled that the boathouse would be named after Allan E. Fearn, the man who gave so much to the Greater Worcester Community.
1999 – 2000 Gordon Battye, Al’s right hand man for 30+ years stepped in continuing the legacy that Al built. Gordon’s ability to lead the adult sailing program was unmatched and his years of experience in teaching were invaluable to the entire program. Gordon retired and stayed involved with RPCS until his passing in 2011. There is a memorial scholarship fund in his name to continue his goal that all children will be able to sail regardless of their financial means.
2000 –2001 Michael Aghajanian was hired after spending every summer since he was 10 years old at the boathouse. At 21 he had big shoes to fill and was named Executive Director. His focus was building the youth camp and membership while setting the stage for future generations. Michael left RPCS after being called up by his Marine reserve unit due to 9-11. After his tour of duty, Michael went on to be the High Performance Director at Community Boating in Boston.
2002 – 2012, John Mullaney was first exposed to RPCS when he brought a group of kids from YOU, Inc. John had years of experience behind him in management, team building, youth outreach, and building programs. He dedicated himself to revitalizing an organization and ensuring it’s future. The organization grew substantially with the summer camp setting new records. John brought safety, fun, and learning as a concept to RPCS. He retired in 2012, and still keeps in touch.
2012 – Current, Casey Duva has been involved with RPCS since 2001. He got involved when he was on Worcester States Crew team. Casey has been a lifelong sailor growing up in North Kingston. He has spent summers sailing his family’s 1948 all wooden 8-Meter called King Haakon. Now he can be found sailing on Orion a 1980 Hunter 37. Under Casey’s direction Regatta Point Community Sailing will be growing in many ways. Some of the new programs he is developing are adult sailing lessons on weekends/increase weekend programming, STEM and STEAM programs, Guppies (ages 7-9 ) and increasing corporate sponsorship.