capri_croppedCommunity Boating Center’s Mission is to teach positive life values to youth through boating.



How We Implement Our Mission

At our core, we view ourselves as a community outreach center connecting Greater New Bedford’s at risk youth with mentors to enhance their lives through boating. Our flagship program is our Summer Youth Sailing Program. This program is designed to be a step by step process in character development, by using sailing and boating as a tool to help instill important life lessons in our students, such as the values of integrity, sound judgment, teamwork and environmental awareness.

During the Fall, Winter, and Spring, we partner with other Greater New Bedford organizations to offer education and enrichment opportunities centered around boating for area youth. Currently these include sailing, rowing, kayaking, boat building, underwater remote operated vehicle design and construction, windmill blade design and construction, water quality monitoring, marine debris cleanup, and our ocean stewardship STEM programs for New Bedford Public schools as well as area Independent and Charter schools serving similar demographics to those that are served by CBC: Our Sisters’ School, Nativity Preparatory School, Global Learning Charter Public School, Anchor Academy, and Alma Del Mar as well as the Boys and Girls Club and the Dennison Memorial Community Center.


One hot and humid day in 1995 a New Bedford social worker had a vision. After visiting seven young children in a sweltering, north end tenement, JoAnn Tschaen began searching for an answer to the hopelessness and despair she saw in their eyes. That evening on her way home across the Fairhaven Bridge, seven small boats caught her eye. Seven boats, seven kids…

In 1998, Community Boating Center incorporated as a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to enriching the lives of area youth by exposing them to a new and challenging environment built upon a foundation of trust and respect. The Community Boating Center staff, acting as role models, provide friendship and mentorship, teach responsibility and team work and demonstrate commitment and compassion with all Community Boating Center students. Safety, Fun and Education are the cornerstones of Community Boating Center programs. For many of these children, Community Boating Center’s on-the-water program is their first exposure to the marine environment right in their own backyard.

Who we are
Board of Directors
Oliver Moore, President
Peter Kavanaugh, Treasurer
Andrew Defrias, Secretary/clerk
Edward “Ned” Almeida
Patrick Carney, jr
June Goguen
Lauren Lemieux
Sam Vineyard

Meet the CBC Staff


Community Boating Center Inc,

Community Boating Center of New Bedford (CBC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization which teaches positive life values to youth through boating.

What We've Been Up To

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