Summer 2019 Newsletter
Message from the Chairman, Jim Muldoon
Hello Brendan Community,

Thank you for yet another successful summer of  Brendan Sailing. We are so grateful to everyone who contributed to our programs. With the help of parents, staff, and volunteers we were able to directly impact the lives of over 30 kids with learning differences, and for that I cannot thank everyone enough.
As summer comes to an end, we are aiming our focus on our after-school sailing program. For the second year in a row, we are hosting the program in partnership with DC Sail and the students of Columbia Heights Educational Campus. We are excited for another fall season and the opportunity to provide sailing to the Washington D.C. community.
Along with the fall program, our staff will continue to work this offseason on expanding the Brendan Sailing brand and professionalizing our in-house Brendan Approach. Our goal is to 
continue to grow and provide our program to children who will benefit greatly from the experience. We are also finalizing a date for 2020 Brendan Awards Brunch in January. In what has become an annual tradition, we hope you will join us to celebrate our camper’s accomplishments for the 2019 season.
Thank you again for another great summer, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the awards brunch.

All the Best,

Jim Muldoon
Brendan News
Message from Executive Director Charlie Arms
Hello Brendan Families,

This Summer we had another spectacular season filled with learning, growth, and expansion. We saw an increase in enrollment across programs, teaching more than 30 children with learning differences sailing while building their self-esteem. We even had a camper fly all the way from Washington State who found us through an article in Sailing Magazine highlighting the Brendan Sailing Program. It's great to see that we are successfully getting the word out about our base camps in Maryland. We aim to continue the trend of expanding our reach in the future. 
We also welcomed two new instructors: Madeline Wallace and Will Avis. Along with Evan and myself, the four of us were able to build a great rapport with the campers. We incorporated some fun new activities into our curriculum, including the awesome Schooner Woodwind, remote control sailing, and further development of STEM education within our lesson plans.
Brendan Sailing campers participate in in remote control sail-boating off the dock at Annapolis Sailing School
With Summer behind us, we will be back at it again running our After-School Sailing Program in Washington DC, hosted at DC Sail this Fall. We are continuing to work to grow our programs through marketing and social media, but please be sure to help us by spreading the word. Word of mouth is still by far our biggest marketing tool and we cannot thank the parents enough who have helped us get in touch with children and families that could benefit from Brendan Sailing. Thanks to everyone for another great season!
Charlie Arms
Executive Director
Brendan Sailing Program
Schooner Woodwind Sail
In June, through the generosity of our founder and Chairman James Muldoon, Brendan students, parents, and instructors were able to take part in a big schooner sailing experience aboard the Woodwind II in Annapolis. Captain Jen and the crew of Woodwind II were so great and taught camper’s hands-on schooner skills, including navigation and knots while sailing the Chesapeake. After the lessons, Capt. Jen even gave each camper the chance to get behind the wheel and steer the boat! It was a beautiful day with perfect wind, which made for an amazing experience for our campers and their parents. We are so grateful for the crew of the Woodwind II for being so accommodating and look forward to organizing more hands-on learning experiences like this in future!
2019 Brendan Graduation 
Friday, July 26, 2019 - St. Mary's and Annapolis students received recognition for their achievements and participation this year, concluding the Brendan Sailing Program's 35th season. The event at St. Mary's College of Maryland revisited the memories from this summer with a slide show presentation and a certificate-of-completion ceremony where each camper was individually acknowledged for their accomplishments. 
Prior to the graduation campers spent their last day taking part in the Parent Sail. Traditionally on the last day of each session, Brendan students have the opportunity to take friends and family out for a sail to show off their new skills. "We had a pretty good breeze, slightly cooler weather and sunshine. All of the parents got to get out on the water with their campers. Always a great way to end our 10-day camp here at St. Mary's,” said Executive Director Charlie Arms. 
We at Brendan Sailing look back at a thrilling Spring and Summer sailing season, collecting great memories, learning new skills, and meeting new gifted students from wonderful families. We look forward to our upcoming Fall 2019 After School Program and what will be in store for Brendan Sailing in 2020!
Stay tuned!
Hospice Cup 2019
For the third year in a row, Brendan Sailing has the honor of presenting the DONNYBROOK-Brendan Trophy at Hospice Cup 2019 in Annapolis! The trophy is given annually to the team with the highest percentage of crew that is 18 years of age and younger.
Executive Director Charlie Arms will be on-hand to give the trophy to the winners at the awards ceremony, where Brendan will also have an information table. Stop by for some popcorn and enter our drawing for your chance to win a new bag. We look forward to another great Hospice Cup and presenting the trophy on September 14!
Learn more about Hospice Cup 2019
Brendan Spotlights

Anna Aminzadeh
Anna is a 13-year old middle school student who successfully completed her second Brendan camp this season at St. Mary's. As a second-year camper, she was able to build on her previously learned sailing skills while helping some of the newer campers in the process. Her favorite parts of camp were swimming, paddle boarding, being out on the water, and most importantly breakfast! She loved waking up and grabbing breakfast on campus with all of the campers! 

Outside of Brendan, Anna enjoys spending time with her two cats; Cosmo and Gimlet, and her dog Oskar. She also takes care of two chickens Gracie and Annie and enjoys taking horseback riding lessons. Her aunt says she loves to ride and takes care of the horses as if they were her own. Anna is an outstanding individual and we cannot wait to see her again. Thank you for another great summer Anna, and we hope to see you next year!

Board Member

Rick Nelson
Rick Nelson is owner and operator of Annapolis Sailing School, the home of Brendan Sailing's Annapolis camp. When not working at the sailing school, he lives in New York City where he is successful in the financial industry. He is a passionate sailor, and when time permits, he loves to get out and enjoy the water.
Raised in Annapolis, he is married to his high school sweetheart Jenni. His love of sailing and his wife's love of the school is what led to its purchase in 2014. Earlier this summer the Nelson's celebrated Annapolis Sailing School's 60th anniversary by hosting a Fourth of July event for the community. There, with 175 people in attendance including the Mayor, they honored another Brendan Sailing board member Rick Franke with the Marine & Mentor award for his long-time sailing advocacy and board involvement. Along with the award, they surprised Brendan Sailing with a $2,500 donation check dedicated to providing scholarships to campers in need. We are so thankful for Annapolis Sailing School and appreciate everything Rick has done since joining the Brendan Sailing Board of Directors.
Articles of Interest 
The Importance of Positive Self-Esteem for Kids
Originally published on
"Kids with positive self-esteem feel confident and capable. They value themselves and their abilities. They’re proud of the things they can do and want to try their best.
When kids are confident and secure about who they are, they’re more likely to have a growth mindset. That means they can motivate themselves to take on new challenges and cope with and learn from mistakes. They’re also more likely to stand up for themselves and ask for help when they need it."
See Full Article Here.
Exercise: Good Medicine for ADHD
By: Eve Kessler, Esq. 
Originally published on
"Research shows that physical activity is a promising alternative or additional treatment option for kids with ADHD. Regular exercise helps these kids by activating the brain systems that support attention, focus, memory, self-regulation, sensory input, and executive functioning."
See Full Article Here
*Please feel free to send us any articles you find helpful and we will be sure to highlight them in future newsletters!*

Executive Members:
James P. Muldoon, Chairman
Joanne M. Dorval, President
Rick Franke, Secretary
Roberta Wilson, Treasurer
Board of Directors:
Marc Apter
Lex Birney
Pat Ewing
Rick Franke
Linda Kessler
Todd Lochner
Molly Mahoney
Jim Muldoon, Jr.
Rick Nelson
Amy Werblow 
Contact Information 
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The instructional approach used in the Brendan Sailing Program conforms to American National Standards EDU-3 Skills-based Sailboat Standard and EDU 4 On-water Instruction Standard for on-water, skills-based instruction in entry-level recreational boat operation. Learn more about National On-Water Standards here.
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