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

News-13-Facebook-profile WBTW NEWS 13 By Jo Brown Published: March 2, 2016, 8:32 pm

On March 3, 2016; the 7th grade Reach students from Marion’s Creek Bridge School visited the BGM plant to take part in sailing the remote controlled Nirvana sailboats that several of our team members assembled last week during their lunch hour in preparation for this event.  37students plus their teachers participated in the sailing races conducted in our test pool, which the BGM team  had kindly cleared and fitted with fans to provide wind.  News coverage of this fun and educational event is available web at as well as an article by SCNow below.  Thanks to the Marion team for their cooperation and support to help students Reach their potential.


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

Article by: SC Now, written by: Naeem McFadden

“MARION, S.C. – More than 40 middle school students from Creek Bridge High School paid a visit to the Group Beneteau boat manufacturing in Marion Wednesday as part of two-day student tour from the school’s US Sailing Reach program.

Students spent the day sailing radio controlled sailboat models in the plant’s 35 X 50 foot indoor test pool.

It’s the second school year the program has been active, helping Creek Bridge nearly 150 sixth through eighth grade students utilize Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to raise interest in sailing and improve grades. REACH Coordinator Nathan Indergaard said the partnership with Beneteau incorporates real world scenarios.”  Read more from SCNow.


Nathan Indergaard Earns Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award

NEW YORK, NY (January 11, 2016)—Old Pulteney, the single malt Scotch whisky known as the “Maritime Malt,” and US Sailing have announced that Nathan Indergaard of Marion, South Carolina will receive the 2015 Maritime Heroes Award. The Maritime Heroes Award recognizes men and women who are making significant contributions to educate, volunteer, advocate or simply encourage participation in sailing within their community or beyond. Indergaard will be recognized at the Sailing Leadership Forum 2016, hosted by US Sailing in San Diego next month. For the first time since the program’s inception, the winner will receive a five thousand dollar grant to continue their efforts in the sailing community.

Indergaard was declared the winner by public vote for his dedication and community achievements with US Sailing’s Reach Initiative, which utilizes sailing as a platform to teach science, technology, engineering and math while establishing a love of learning and exploration. Despite hailing from a landlocked region of South Carolina, this year’s winner found ways to compensate for the lack of ocean access. Read more