Reach is science embedded into sailing, simultaneously!

The Reach Program utilizes sailing as an educational platform, challenging youth to embrace education, establish a love of learning and explore productive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based careers. Combining educators, sailing instructors, engineers, scientists with today’s youth to provide them with a one of a kind authentic learning experience, giving students the opportunity to apply classroom learning in a cooperative work environment.


US Sailing’s REACH program strives to engage youth and enhance career opportunities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Environmental Stewardship through authentic learning experiences.


Provide guidance, feedback and direction for organizations seeking to improve their own curricula, lessons plans and programming. Build a national curriculum that connects academics and sailing through authentic learning experiences. Inspire students to become environmental stewards and socially responsible individuals.

Educational Partnerships

How can you participate in the Reach Initiative?

  1. Register for the STEM Educator Online Course (10 days). - Find a Reach course that fits your schedule!
  2. Try the Reach curriculum! Perfect fit for learn to sail, adventure sailing, STEM and sustainability enthusiasts, and even rainy days. Take a look at our curriculum teaser here!
  3. Host an In-Person STEM Educator Course for sailing instructors and teachers.

What does the Reach Initiative look like at my school or sailing program?

  1. Read Start a REACH Program by New England Science & Sailing
  2. Check out Why STEM & Sailing by Community Boating Center
  3. See Reach in action at Community Boating Center in Providence RI
  4. Partnership Guide for Schools or Youth Organization created by Community Boating Center (sample budget included)
  5. Host a Reach Event - Sailing through STEM EVENT Night at your program!

Reach News

US Sailing Announces 2024 REACH Youth Engagement Grant Recipients

US Sailing Releases 2023 Reach Impact Report

Read the 2022 Reach Impact Report

US Sailing Announces 2022 Reach Youth Engagement Grant Recipients

US Sailing Releases 2021 Reach Impact Report & Grant Application

US Sailing & Kilroy Realty to Host Sustainability Day for Youth in San Francisco

US Sailing Announces 2021 Reach Grant Recipients  

Recognizing a Reach Instructor on International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Mary Dowd

Recognizing a Reach Instructor on International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Sara Rosenblatt

US Sailing Reach Hub Grants Awarded to Centers in Southern California and Midwest

US Sailing’s Reach Initiative: 2019 Impact Report; Apply for Reach Grant by March 13

2019 Reach Initiative Impact Report – US Sailing

Reach National Hub Initiative – 2019 Updates & Grant Recipients

2018 Reach Initiative Impact Report

US Sailing Education Zone at Extreme Sailing Series San Diego

2018 US Sailing Reach Initiative Grantees Announced

Students Awarded STEMcation Experience at the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover

US Sailing’s Reach Initiative to Bring STEM Activities for Youth at Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover

2018 Student STEMcation – Apply Now

2017 Reach Impact Report

2017 US Sailing Reach Grantees

The Trip of a Lifetime to the 35th America’s Cup

A Summer with Tall Ships and Simple Machines!

Youth Sailors STEM Education Trip to Bermuda to watch the America’s Cup

A Youth’s Passion for sailing, STEM, and leadership leads to St. Mary’s

Sailing & Science: Baltimore Students Join Expedition Through the North Pacific Gyre Aboard the RV FALKOR

Reach 2016 Impact Report

Learning the Science of Sailing by: APS Advisor

Rochester Yacht Club Junior Olympics, STEM, and Career Connections

From Small Ships to Tall Ships

Sailing for STEM by

Sailing, Science, and Saving the World

MHYC’s Sponge II Opti goes on a field trip to Hawken Middle School – Ohio

Cruise for a Cause: Learn to Enlighten – Northwest Yachting

Hudson River Community Sailing: Inspiring NYC youth through STEM and Sailing

Racing, Outreach, and Education shined at LVACWS – New York Event

Passion, Diversity, Environmental Education, & Fun – Sailing Leadership Forum 2016

Creek Bridge, SC Reach Students Study Sailing at Beneteau Manufacturing Facility

New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA) Climate of Change Conference

Chelsea Petrais of Community Boating Inc – kids in attendance began to ask more science based questions

Stuart Proctor of Downtown Sailing Center – Baltimore, MD

Hudson River Community Sailing: Connecting Math, Meteorology, and Sailing

2015 AweSTEM Back to School Fun at NESS

SC Kids Sailing Into Math and Science – SC, NPR

US Sailing and Beneteau Team up for Reach Program

STEM Events Across the Northeast

College of Charleston holds STEM camp for Marion, SC students – Reach

Resources from the 1st Reach Mentoring Session held by Community Boating Center

Simple Machines in the Exploration Zone at the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover

Racing with Copepods – By Barbara McVeigh

Reach Video Resources

Reach Initiative can be utilized in a number of different ways. The videos below explain a little bit about how it works, and how some organizations have chosen to integrate it into their own programming and events.

About Reach
Instructional Resources
Student Resources
Program Spotlights