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

Campers Make Great Strides at Young Mariners Foundation – (Reach Program Metrics at YMF)

By: Marilyn Shapiro, Executive Director, Young Mariners Foundation Almost 70 campers attended both the Blue Water Bound Summer Sailing Camps and the Greenwich Young Mariners Sailing Program this past summer. They not only learned how to sail, but also received academic enrichment utilizing the Reach Curriculum for Middle Schools. This resulted in a significant and…Read More

Community Boating Center: Science and Special Education Teacher

“The Community Boating Center has offered my students an opportunity to participate in US Sailing’s Reach program, which has facilitated project based-learning and provided students outdoor opportunities that they otherwise would not be able to enjoy. The students have participated in a number of activities from giving back to their community by picking up debris along the…Read More

The Downtown Sailing Center partners with You Make A Difference STEMMA Inc.

Summer Sailing in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Women of Color Magazine (Fall, 2014) – The Downtown Sailing Center, led by Executive Director Lynn Handy partnered with You Make A Difference STEMMA, Inc to give 22 diverse children the opportunity of a lifetime. Through the partnership, leaders from You Make A Difference STEMMA Inc, attended the US…Read More