Later this month, Justin Smith is embarking on a very ambitious journey to raise money for a worthy cause. Justin, age 12, will be sailing his 8-foot Optimist across the Long Island Sound singlehanded, and he is seeking donors to help fund a project to restore the Sound’s ecosystem.
“I really like sailing, and during the summer I primarily sail in the Long Island Sound,” says Justin, who lives in Muttontown, a village in the Town of Oyster Bay, NY. “I thought it would be a great idea to help clean and protect the Long Island Sound – where I go sailing, other people enjoy many activities and an entire ecosystem of fish, animals and plants live – so that it stays nice and clean. The money I raise will be used, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to support a ‘bioextraction’ project in New York’s Bronx River, whose waters flow into Long Island Sound.”