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Summer sailing in Newport

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by Kenzie Strange

NEWPORT — Sailboats floated through the air and descended gracefully onto the waters of Lake Memphremagog Friday morning.  A 50-foot tall crane at the public docks next to the Gateway and the Memphremagog Yacht Club lifted the boats from the back of the trailers that carried them and gently placed them into the lake.  Sailboat owners chipped in to rent the crane for the very sunny morning, and Randy McGunnigle, the founder of the Newport Community Sailing Center (NCSC), was there to take in the scene.

The NCSC is a new nonprofit in Newport, and is going into its second year of existence.  Mr. McGunnigle and his group have ambitious plans for this summer’s sailing season and are in the process of acquiring necessary equipment for sailing and safety, and the other activities the organization wants to support.

The group has plans to buy sailboats, paddleboats, and kayaks and make them available for rent…

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