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Stay’s’l Sea and Science Program

Who: Grade 5 – Grade 12
When: June 24 – August 16, 2019 (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
Where:  Ocean Point Marina, East Boothbay, Maine
Cost:  TBA

Participant Enrollment/Session: Minimum of 2 participants. There will be four 2-week themed sessions.  Students may enroll in more than one (sequentially or not) 2-week session as desired.

Free Day: June 20 & June 21 is “Follow Me to BSSC” week.  Select a half-day and come for free!


The Stay’s’l Program is the first of two levels in BSSC’s sea and science program. Participants work and learn as a team, improve social skills and develop new lifelong friendships. Combining onshore instruction and onboard execution, the instructor is aboard for immediate feedback. This program’s primary objectives focus on maritime safety and practical seamanship, including technical terminology, winds and sail trim, helming, VHF radio operation, and effective teamwork. All programs incorporate an appreciation, understanding and respect of the marine environment that includes but is not limited to: Weather; Intertidal Ecology; Oceanography and responsible Ocean Stewardship.

2019 Topics

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


  • Pass a swim test at the Center.
  • Parents / Guardians must present signed Registration forms, Liability Waiver, and 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 this program is the Sonar, a fast 23 ft sloop that performs well in light winds but with a 900 lbs keel is both stiff but able to surf in heavier winds. It is a fun and safe day sailor and has been used in many national championship regattas such as Adams Cup, Sears Cup, Prince of Wales, Cowes Week and many others. The 11 1/2 ft self-bailing cockpit can seat eight with 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.