Dartmouth College to deliver plan for new sailing facility in Enfield

Mike Ross, center, of Lebanon, N.H., his twin brother Chris, right, and Tom Scruton, of Enfield, N.H., relax after the Ross brothers gave Scruton and another student a lesson as part of the Adult Learn to Sail Class offered at the Dartmouth Sailing Facility on Mascoma Lake in Enfield, N.H., on July 21, 2004. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Mike Ross, center, of Lebanon, N.H., his twin brother Chris, right, and Tom Scruton, of Enfield, N.H., relax after the Ross brothers gave Scruton and another student a lesson as part of the Adult Learn to Sail Class offered at the Dartmouth Sailing Facility on Mascoma Lake in Enfield, N.H., on July 21, 2004. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. valley news file — James M. Patterson

As instructors Dylan Hooper Goetinck, left, and Lucy Kammer Woolsey hold a makeshift boom and rudder, Sage Gilbert-Diamond, 11, of Hanover, N.H., learns how to tack, or turn a sailboat, properly on the second day of sailing camp at the Dartmouth Sailing Facility in Enfield, N.H., on  June 23, 2015. 
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As instructors Dylan Hooper Goetinck, left, and Lucy Kammer Woolsey hold a makeshift boom and rudder, Sage Gilbert-Diamond, 11, of Hanover, learns how to tack, or turn a sailboat, properly on the second day of the camp.

As instructors Dylan Hooper Goetinck, left, and Lucy Kammer Woolsey hold a makeshift boom and rudder, Sage Gilbert-Diamond, 11, of Hanover, N.H., learns how to tack, or turn a sailboat, properly on the second day of sailing camp at the Dartmouth Sailing Facility in Enfield, N.H., on June 23, 2015. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

Copyright ? Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

As instructors Dylan Hooper Goetinck, left, and Lucy Kammer Woolsey hold a makeshift boom and rudder, Sage Gilbert-Diamond, 11, of Hanover, learns how to tack, or turn a sailboat, properly on the second day of the camp. Valley News file — Sarah Priestap

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

Valley News Staff Writer

Published: 07-25-2023 9:42 PM

In a hearing at Wednesday evening’s Enfield Planning Board meeting, representatives from Dartmouth College Project Management Services will present plans for a new sailing facility on the shore of Mascoma Lake, to be used by the Big Green sailing teams in the spring and fall and by a youth sailing camp and members of the public in the summer.

“The existing boat house and boat storage have outlived their useful lives,” Lindsay Walkinshaw, a project manager at Dartmouth, wrote in a letter to the planning board obtained by the Valley News. “The replacement of these facilities will provide an improvement to Dartmouth’s athletic program as well as a desirable location from which the Dartmouth Yacht Club will continue to operate in the summer months.”

The new facilities, which will be constructed at the same site as the existing facilities at 142 Shaker Blvd., will consist of a 5,292-square-foot boathouse with separate spaces for the Dartmouth varsity teams and the summer yacht club, per the letter. A 3,514-square-foot boat barn will also be constructed for more accessible storage space for the Dartmouth program’s fleets.

Sailing has been one of the more successful Big Green athletic programs of late. Dartmouth won six events in the 2022-23 season, including the Captain Hurst Bowl on Mascoma Lake in October. It is also one of the larger teams on campus, with 22 women and 13 men on the roster last year.

“(With) the old storage system, you had to basically take apart the boat by stepping down the mast and unrigging the boat to store it,” said Rob Taylor, head of land use and economic development for the town of Enfield. “This new facility, the boats go in there completely rigged up, where the masts are still up. So the new boat storage will be tall.”

Dartmouth will pay taxes on 25% of the new property and will be exempt from the remaining 75%. Taylor said he has heard no opposition from local residents and expects the approval of the new facility to be a formality.

According to Walkinshaw’s letter, construction will begin this fall and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2024.

“This is not a controversial project. They’re not really proposing a massive expansion,” Taylor said. “The same program will be in existence once it’s complete; it will just be in a nicer facility.

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Benjamin Rosenberg can be reached at brosenberg@vnews.com or 603-727-3302.