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Mizzen Sea and Science Program

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Who: Kindergarten* – Grade 4
*If your child is 5 years old, prior attendance in a Pre-K Program is required. If you have questions, please contact Pauline Dion at: info@boothbayseaandsciencecenter.org or call 207-350-5357.
When: June 24 – August 16, 2019 (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
Where:  Ocean Point Marina, East Boothbay, Maine
Cost:  $275/week
Financial assistance available
Enrollment/Session:   Minimum of 4 participants. Students are encouraged to enroll in two sequential week sessions.
Free Day
*June 20 & June 21 is “Follow Me to BSSC” week.  Select a half-day and come for free!

Description: 

BSSC’s fleet of Turnabouts, Sonars and rowing dinghies provides the perfect gateway for your child’s first sea and science experiences. Students in the mizzen sea and science program will gain a beginner’s level understanding of boating safety, sailing principles, and become comfortable in row boats, small sailboats, and larger sailing vessels. Students will also gain a beginner level understanding of Weather; Marine Plants & Animals dockside and intertidal; and an appreciation for Oceanography and the tools of the trade. Through various fun activities and challenges, instruction begins on shore, moving dockside and culminates on the water!

With each consecutive week, sailors will advance their sea and science abilities and skills by experiencing and practicing on the friendly waters of the Damariscotta River. In addition to gaining an understanding of the basic principles inherent in sea and science, participants will develop communication and teamwork skills that embrace an increase in self-confidence. When possible, each 2-week thematic Session week will conclude with a fieldtrip such as sailing on a larger sailboat in the region or a maritime adventure.

Boating time disclaimer:
We make every effort to provide your child with as much time boating on the water as possible. However, please note that safety concerns raised by local weather conditions may require us to emphasize land-based activites on some days.

2019 Topics

Session I (June 24 – July 5): Gulf of Maine Fisheries
This 2-week Session takes a look at how we use, consume and manage the harvest of marine creatures from the Gulf of Maine. This Session also includes training in the proper handling and preparation of various types of seafood.

Session II (July 8 – July 19): Exploring Maine Aquaculture
This 2-week Session explores the aquaculture industry located on the Damariscotta River and through conversation with local scientist and aquaculturist explores career paths within the industry. This Session also includes learning about the marine microbial food chain and collecting, analyzing and interpreting water samples.

Session III (July 22 – August 2): Marine Technology and Marine Debris
This 2-week Session takes a look at the different types of technology currently being used to explore and understand the ocean and the impact of marine debris on the ocean’s ecosystems. Scientists at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will share how they use technology to study problems in the ocean.

Session IV (August 5 – August 16): Art and Science of Sailing
This 2-week Session will give students a better understanding of the use of sailboats as working platforms for exploration and a historical perspective of their impact on maritime art, music, and folklore. A local sailmaker, marine architect, artist, and scientist wil help unravel the mysteries and wonders of the art and science of sailing.


Requirements: 

  • Pass a swim test at the Center.
  • Parents / Guardians must present signed Registration forms, Liability Waiver, Medical forms before participants begin the program.
  • Parents / Guardians and students must jointly sign “Code of Conduct” before the start of the program.

The Boat:
The sailboats used in all programs include the:

  • Turnabout – a centerboard sailing vessel. The Turnabout,designed in 1953 by Harold R. Turner, is a small wooden single or double handed dinghy class. The boats were initially built as a junior training boat, although adults enjoy the boats as well. The class has grown mainly in the New England and Northeastern regions of the U.S. Fleets are located in Northern Lake George, New York, Boston, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and New Jersey. Size: 2.95 M long, 1.60 M wide, weighing approx 116 kgs.
  • Sonar – a fast 23 ft sloop that performs well in light winds but with a 900 lb. keel is both stiff but able to surf in heavier winds. It is a fun and safe day sailor. The 11 1/2 ft self-bailing cockpit provides ample leg room to spare while angled seat backs and coamings are designed for comfort when heeled. It is an ideal boat for beginning sailors and racers as well as family day sails. With minor adaptions it is often used by disabled sailors and has been chosen for the Paralympics.
  • Ideal 18 – is a fun daysailer designed by Bruce Kirby … commissioned for: Simplicity (easy to rig and sail); Comfort (8′ cockpit with well-laid out lines and rigging, full-length molded bench seats with angled backs, and 700 lb. keel keeps the boat stable and dry.); Performance (boat maneuvers like a dinghy and has a large, powerful mailsail 108 sq. ft.) in mind.
  • Precision 15 – has earned high praise for her lively and rewarding performance. Designed to provide safety, stability (250 lb. fixed keel), reliable handling, and sprightly speed under sail. The Precision 15 features an unusually broad beam, substantial freeboard and high-volume coamings to help prevent swamping or capsizing. Her cockpit is safe and comfortable for children, with footwells and seats unusually wide and deep.