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Waterfront Programs



UCONN Avery Point’s Waterfront Program was created in 2005 and is designed to provide recreational, instructional, academic, and competitive on-the-water programming to the UCONN Avery Point community that complements the marine and maritime focus of this coastal regional campus. This is done through four primary means utilizing the recently expanded watercraft fleet of 7 420-sailing dinghies, 12 FJ sailing dinghies, 4 kayaks, and a 16′ safety powerboat.

The UCONN Avery Point Sailing Club’s season typically starts in mid-March and ends in late November. With two or three meeting times each week, there are ample opportunities for UCONN Avery Point students, staff, faculty, and alumni to venture out on the waters of the Thames River and Fishers Island Sound in sailing dinghies and kayaks.



Program Manager, Prescott Littlefield

Prescott Littlefield has over 27 years of experience as a sailing instructor and sailing program manager. He has worked at numerous yacht clubs on Long Island Sound and Fishers Island Sound, at the Mystic Seaport Museum, and coached the Williams School Sailing Team prior to coming to the University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus in 2005.

His boating experience includes rowing, dinghy sailing, keelboat sailing, windsurfing, ice boating, and power boat operation. He has an undergraduate degree in American and Asian History from Bates College and a graduate degree in Marine Affairs with a coastal zone management specialization from the University of Rhode Island. He is a United States Sailing Association certified small boat sailing, small boat racing, and power-boat instructor with a State of Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate and American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certifications.