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Student sailors with disabilities in Massachusetts and beyond will have the opportunity to race model sailboats as part of an extensive senior project undertaken by Tabor Academy senior Asa Smith. A resident of Wellesley and a boarding student at Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass., Smith is completing and renovating model boats left unfinished in previous semesters by students taking the Ship and Boat Design class that is part of the Tabor Nautical Science Department curriculum.  He will donate two of the boats to the 2012 Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta for sailors with disabilities in Larchmont, New York, two to Duxbury Bay Maritime School’s ACCESSAIL program, two to the New Bedford Community Boating Center and one to the Schwartz Center in Dartmouth, Mass.

With the support of Robie Pierce (Newport, R.I.), a 1958 Tabor alum, and Captain David Bill, head of the Nautical Science Department at Tabor, Smith pulled the unfinished boats out of storage, obtained permission to donate them from their previous owners.  He spent the semester completing them including painting them and building the remote controls that will enable children and adults with disabilities to sail them as part of model boat regattas.