While we have a set of fixed outcomes in the sense of our program numbers, HMC provides much more than just a rowing or sailing class. In particular, our participants often experience:
- a direct connection with the sea and the opportunity to enjoy this natural and wonderful environment
- a new set of skills that challenges them both physically and mentally
- the opportunity to learn how to safety recreate in the open water setting and pass on these skills to peers and future generations
- a chance to make new friends and socialize with different people
The outcomes our programs provide have a sustained impact on those we reach. We hear from our participants and supporters again and again about the positive impact that HMC has had on someone’s life:
- a parent who talks about the increase in confidence his child has gained from learning to sail;
- a young mother who, inspired by her 80-year old boat mate, discovers a life-long activity that provides her exercise, camaraderie and peace of mind;
- the teenagers who learn the values of teamwork and dedication as members of the high school rowing or sailing teams.
- The business man who, as a teen, learned to sail at Lincoln when we first began in 1971, and now serves as a volunteer board member for Hingham Maritime in order to ensure that future generations have the same opportunity.
- A high school rower or sailor who continues to pursue these sports at the collegiate level, thanks to the home that HMC provides for the HHS programs.