Maybe it's just me but the allure of sailing has always tugged at my heart stings, something about the ocean and a self powered vessel strengthens character, adds to ones confidence and even leadership skills.

The art and experience of sailing is something I wish I would have acquired much earlier in life. Living where we do in Maine affords us the opportunity to add these skill sets to our arsenal of abilities simply by knowing where to look.

If you have never heard of The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum in Rockland, you need to put it on your radar especially in regards to its FREE youth sailing program. It's called "Sail Kids For Free" for kids 6-14 years of age.

The program is executed through the Midcoast Sailing Center. It's a one week program that is available in July & August and allows kids to experience and gain the hands on working knowledge of sailing, ands did I mention it is no cost to allow all kids to participate regardless of ability to pay!

If you are an adult you too can learn to sail, there are lessons, and even some advanced courses for both kids and adults.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the great programs at the Midcoast Sailing Center or CLICK HERE to learn more about the Sail, Power and Steam Museum.

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Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

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