Eleven year old Kelly Buban has been sailing with the Quassapaug Sailing Center (QSC) for the past six years and this summer she became the QSC’s first intern.
Buban has participated in several sailing events on the Long Island Sound over the course of six years through the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association, including in Niantic, Groton, Old Saybrook, and East Lyme. In the summer of 2017, out of Niantic, she was a participant in the junior olympics, and in the fall of 2017 she became a sailor in the Mudratz Team, where she would sail every Sunday in small boats known as Optis. This lead to her participating in the CT Opti Championships.
Buban sails mainly in the mornings, and also occasionally on Sundays, and has used the QSC’s larger boats, like the 420s, and their Snipe fleet. In the afternoons she carries out several tasks as intern, such as rigging and launching both the 420s, for the older kids, and the Optis, for the younger kids.
The Director of the QSC, Peter Gunn, asked Buban, who he considers to be a very advanced sailor, if she would take the time to instruct the beginner sailors. She took the job enthusiastically and, using her knowledge of the sport, helped the younger kids improve all with a smile on her face.
Buban, who is a swimmer for the majority of the year, finds that sailing during the summer is a good change of pace, although she enjoys both sports the same amount. Her favorite part of instructing the kids is watching how excited they become while sailing.
Although the summer is quickly coming to a close, Buban continues to joyously teach the young sailors about the sport. Gunn hopes that next year Buban returns as a junior instructor.