The boats may be stored for the winter, but a lot has been happening at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School this winter.  Back in September, Ann Mullins retired from her position as DBMS director of development and Georgia Cosgrove, who recently moved to Duxbury from Wheaton, Illinois, took over her post. The boats may be stored for the winter, but a lot has been happening at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School this winter.  Back in September, Ann Mullins retired from her position as DBMS director of development and Georgia Cosgrove, who recently moved to Duxbury from Wheaton, Illinois, took over her post.  Then in January, Ned Lawson retired after manning the DBMS helm for nearly a decade as executive director and handed the tiller to Chuck Leonard.  Chuck is a long time Duxbury resident with a passion for all types of recreation on Duxbury Bay.  As a lifelong sailor and former multiple business owner, he looks forward to “keeping things fun and running a tight ship.”
news-new-crew-at-dbms.jpg
 DBMS staff members from left to right: Matt Pavini, Kristen McCarthy, Georgia Cosgrove, Betts Murray and Executive Director Chuck Leonard.

There have also been some program staff changes.  Matt Pavini has been named full-time ACCESSAIL Director.  He formerly managed both ACCESSAIL, DBMS’s award-winning program for sailors with mental and physical disabilities, and the school’s adult sailing programs. Since receiving the US Sailing Community Sailing Council’s “Outstanding Program for Disabled Sailors” award in 2006, ACCESSAIL has grown steadily.  It is the only program of its kind between Boston and Newport, RI, and is expected to expand further when construction of the handicap accessible Ellison Campus multi-purpose building is completed in the summer of 2009. {sidebar id=4}

Betts Murray has been named Director of Adult Sailing.   Drawing upon her experience as founder and co-chair of the Adult Sailing Committee at the Cohasset Yacht Club, Betts looks forward to broadening offerings of fun instructional and recreational adult sailing programs at DBMS. She joined the staff two years ago as Director of Adult and Junior Rowing Programs and is passing that hat to Kristen McCarthy, who is an avid competitive rower and coach.  Kristen was hired by DBMS in the fall of 2007 to coach Junior Novice crew.  Her energy and enthusiasm for the sport will be a great asset as rowing continues to grow in popularity at DBMS.

Hans Jensen, who recently qualified to represent the US on the 2008 Olympic sailing team, will be coaching the 2008 Duxbury High School sailing team that is hosted by DBMS.  Hans was one of the first sailing students when DBMS opened for business in 1998 and sailed on the first DHS team.  He sailed for Connecticut College and then trained for the Olympic qualifiers