Sailing Camp Empowers Severna Park Girl


Severna Park resident Hannah Baressi recently graduated from Brendan Sailing Camp in Annapolis. Brendan Sailing is geared toward youth with learning differences. After attending a virtual version due to COVID in 2020, then day camp last year, Hannah completed the overnight camp at St. Mary’s College this summer.

“It’s a well-run camp with knowledgeable staff in both learning differences and in sailing. I felt very confident that Hannah was in good hands,” said Hannah’s mother, Sandy Baressi, adding that a highlight of the last two years has been having Hannah take her family out on the boat herself.

“Hannah did not know how to sail before camp at all, so when we went out, it was amazing — she was telling us what to do … It was a great experience to have [my] kid excel at something that I cannot do. I really appreciated it, because I cannot sail, what she was doing and her bravery and courage.”