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Top’s’l Sea and Science Program

Who: Grade 8 – Grade 12
When: June 22 – August 14, 2020 (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
Where:  Ocean Point Marina, East Boothbay, Maine
Cost:  TBA
Financial assistance available
Please note: If you plan on requesting financial assistance, the Financial Assistance Request Form MUST be submitted and approved before registering for a session.

Participant Enrollment/Session: Minimum of 2. 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 18 & June 19 is “Follow Me to BSSC” week.  Select a half-day and come for free!

The Top’s’l Program is designed for more experienced sailors.  This program allows students to build upon the skills developed at the Stay’s’l Program level and take on leadership roles. * Participants work and learn as a team, improve social skills and develop new lifelong friendships. Instructors and advanced level sailors will use BSSC’s 23 ft Sonars as a platform for advancing maritime skills and knowledge including weather observation and forecasting, tides and currents, piloting and navigation and rules of the road. The program also incorporates an advance understanding and respect of the marine environment that includes but is not limited to recording and analyzing weather patterns, studying environmental impacts on intertidal ecology, understanding oceanography as it relates to data collection and embracing ownership and the practice of responsible ocean stewardship.  Fusing sailing and science, students will learn the hydrodynamics and aerodynamics that make sailboats perform optimally.

* The development of leadership skills in the Stay’s’l and Top’s’l programs opens the door to our Apprenticeship program.

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.


  • 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 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.