Boat ramp at Ye Yacht Yard to get a name of its own
FAIRFIELD — The boat launch ramp at Ye Yacht Yard in the town’s Southport section will soon bear the name of two men who have long been involved in local sailing.
The Board of Selectmen Wednesday unanimously endorsed naming the launch ramp after Arthur and Ted Jennings.
According to Recreation Director Anthony Calabrese, Arthur Jennings deeded a portion of the land where Ye Yacht Yard sits. He was approached by Chris Jennings, son of Ted and grandson of Arthur. Ted Jennings was one of the founders of the Community Sailing of Fairfield program, which is based at the yacht yard.
“They both worked closely with Parks and Rec throughout the years,” Calabrese said. “After they passed, rather than doing a bench or memorial somewhere else around town, they thought the ramp would be appropriate.”
The plaque will be paid for by Community Sailing, Calabrese said, and they will work with the Public Works Department on the proper placements.
“I’m surprised it hasn’t already been named,” Selectman Chris Tymniak said. Selectman Kevin Kiley said, “It sounds like a great way to honor a family that has done a lot for our town.”
First Selectman Mike Tetreau said he had a niece who learned to sail through the program. “It made a big difference in her life,” Tetreau said. “Honoring the founders makes great sense to me.”
Tetreau suggested they coordinate the plaque placement with the Harbor Management Commission, and Chris Jennings said he is a member of that commission and has kept the panel apprised of the situation.
“You should also check with the Historic District Commission,” Tetreau said. “Just make sure everybody’s up to speed, so there’s no surprises. I think it’s something we feel is very appropriate for the town.”
Community Sailing is run by its members, under the auspices of the Parks and Recreation Commission. Members pay a fee to join, and have the use of two Ideal 18-foot daysailers, four two-man kayaks and two one-man kayaks.