The Clara Brown

//The Clara Brown

The Clara Brown

by Derek King

Over the last few decades, sailing has gotten a reputation, not entirely undeserved at times, as the pastime of the privileged. While it evokes romantic imagery of billowing sails, and cruising silently along the water, it also brings to mind thoughts of yacht-clubs and blazers, of J. Crew, and of the strata of the super-wealthy.

This polarizing imagery is disingenuous to the broader sailing community however, and to the history of the sailboat, whose origins reside with fishing, shipping, and exploration, and not with excess and decadence.

This heritage is readily apparent in all aspects of the Clara Brown, a small sloop designed by the famous naval architect John G. Alden, and the current flagship for the Sail Buffalo Sailing School. Founded and headed by Piere Wallinder, the Sail Buffalo School’s program is designed to inspire a passion for the open water throughout the greater Buffalo community, especially in those who wouldn’t normally be exposed to sailing.

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Sail Buffalo

The Sail Buffalo project entails the transformation of an abandoned inlet into a Community Boating Center that provides public access to Buffalo’s waterfront. We are an accredited sailing school with a mission to create an exciting safe and secure facility on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, enabling public access to the waterfront through boating, wellness and environmental programming. Our goal is to provide a destination for on-the-water training, holistic learning experiences, wellness and environmental education regardless of income, gender and age, including people with disabilities, and to provide a safe-haven for young veterans and their families.

Our History

Being on the water is a truly transformative experience. After the launch of our unique Eco Floating Classroom 2011, and after merging with Cazenovia Community Resource Center (501-C-3) during 2012, we have finally found an ideal location at 2 Fuhrmann Blvd by the USCG, and created a true Community Boating Center!