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

College of Charleston Sports recently hosted STEM Students for a day of sailing and peer to peer mentoring.Here is an excerpt from The nationally-recognized College of Charleston sailing program was recently commended for its efforts and work with youth by Executive Director of US Sailing, Jack Gierhart. Last spring, the Cougars held a STEM…Read More

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

On Friday, May 1st, 2015, Community Boating Center (CBC), the first designated Reach “Center of Excellence” hosted the first Reach mentoring session in an effort to have other programs learn from their success in partnering, program development, fundraising, and evaluation. Acting as the “Northeast Hub”, CBC invited Executive Directors, Program Directors/Manager and Instructors from New…Read More

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

Over 10,000 youth experienced the Exploration Zone at the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover in Rhode Island this week. US Sailing’s Reach Initiative featured Simple Machines from the Reach Curriculum.  Kids explored the scientific concept of mechanical advantage used on sailboats. Harken generously partnered with US Sailing for this event providing an interactive display where…Read More

Racing with Copepods – By Barbara McVeigh

  Racing with Copepods documents the adventures of twelve middle school students as they learn how to sail in order to study plankton. Students learn what many adults would not commonly know and find that learning science requires seeing differently. Where does the most of the oxygen we breath come from? What is the fastest…Read More

The Science of Earth Day – Marine Debris Resources

In Reach Module 6 – Marine Debris, students investigate how trash finds its way into our waterways and oceans. By exploring watersheds, tides, and currents students begin to understand how the water moves and where floating debris ends up. They change their behavior as they hunt for marine debris while on the water or participate…Read More

STEM & Global Climate Issues – Benjamin Kay, Teacher & Team Marine Coach

Team Marine participated in Sailing Through STEM Night at California Yacht Club, they brought their student built electric car and marine debris sorting activity to share with youth sailors participating in USODA Nationals.  Keep up the great work Team Marine! Founded in 2006, Team Marine ( is a multi-award winning environmental science teen action group…Read More

California Sea Lions – What can programs do to help?

Recently, I came across the following email written by Elizabeth Bloom from King Harbor Boating Foundation based in Redondo Beach, California as well as the letter below from the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. I hope both  will provided you with a better understanding of how you can help if you come across a…Read More

Reading Surface Weather Maps – Webinar 1

Presented by: Joseph Sienkiewicz, Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch at the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center   Thursday, March 19th 3-4pm   Joe is responsible for forecast technique development and optimizing the use of ocean and satellite observing systems for ocean weather forecasting.   Education: B.S., SUNY Maritime College – 1980 Meteorology and Oceanography, M.S.,…Read More

Westwind Sailing Executive Director Diane Wenzel – Testimonial

“We would very much like the opportunity to expand Reach in southern California. Westwind Sailing is excited to be offering additional Sail Into Science courses within our community this year using Reach curriculum.   We can’t thank US Sailing enough for creating this program and encouraging us to give it a try.  The feedback in our…Read More

Lake Stewardship and STEM Education at Community Sailing Center in Burlington, VT

By: Ryan Robinson, Executive Director, Community Sailing Center (CSC) and Jen Guimaraes, Associate Director CSC The Community Sailing Center’s (CSC) Floating Classroom is an educational  program that uses sailing as a medium to teach science and stewardship. Our courses are three hours in duration and split up in two groups. Half the day is spent…Read More