Community sailing centers are shore-side facilities with docks, boats, staff and programs, almost universally run by non-profits, but fully open to and for the benefit of the public. Community sailing centers exist all over the country – begun in 1946 and accelerating in numbers over the last two decades, there are now over 400 identified by US Sailing and 35 accredited to national standards by US Sailing. We in New Orleans are not unique, just late.