SC Kids Sailing Into Math and Science – SC, NPR

Mike Switzer of South Carolina Public Radio interviews Wayne Burdick, president of Beneteau’s North American Boat Operations in Marion, SC and Windy Key, training communications administrator for US Sailing in Portsmouth, Rhode Island about the implementation of Reach in South Carolina. Here is an excerpt from the interview: Our next two guests have been working to introduce children to the…Read More

US Sailing and Beneteau Team up for Reach Program

 Benjamin Meyers of Cruising World wrote a great feature on Beneteau Group’s work with Marion Schools and the College of Charleston. Using sailing as an educational platform, the US Sailing Reach Program creates opportunities for middle-school teachers and youth sailing program directors to work together to teach students sailing, essential academic skills and environmental stewardship. The program…Read More

STEM Events Across the Northeast

This year US Sailing has been lucky enough to partner with 11th Hour Racing to create the Reach Hub and Sub Hub Program. Community Boating Center in Providence, Rhode Island became Reach’s first “Hub” after their resounding success implementing Reach in their programs over the past few years. The Hub’s role is to act as…Read More

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