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Call it the little sailing program that could: After suffering the destruction of its clubhouse in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy, the Darien Junior Sailing Team, now operating out of a storage pod and a tent, is still fulfilling its mission of introducing young people to sailing.
Founded in 1972 at Weed Beach, the sailing program, known as DJST, is a non-profit organization supported by, but not affiliated with, the town of Darien. The town provides the use of Weed Beach, but DJST is self-funded and organized by parent volunteers. The program runs for two three-week sessions, and is open to Darien children ages 8-14, most who come into the program with little or no sailing experience.