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Mizzen Sea and Science Program


Who: Kindergarten – Grade 4
When: June 24 – August 16, 2019 (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
Where:  Ocean Point Marina, East Boothbay, Maine
Cost:  TBA
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 week will conclude with a fieldtrip such as sailing on a larger sailboat in the region or a maritime adventure.

2019 Topics

  • Exploring Maine Aquaculture
  • Art and Science of Sailing
  • Gulf of Maine Fisheries
  • Marine Technology and Marine Debris


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 primary teaching sailboat for the Mizzen program is 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.