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Top’s’l Sea and Science Program

Who: Grade 8 – Grade 11 (as of the 2020-21 school year)
When: June 22* – August 21, 2020 (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
Where:  Ocean Point Marina, East Boothbay, Maine
Cost:  $550/2 week session

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.

*June 22 – June 26: “Discovering BSSC” week.  Everyday a different topic and exciting and fun sea and science hands-on activities. Cost: $275.00.


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-I, Stay’s’l-II, and Top’s’l programs opens the door to our Apprenticeship program.

Themed sessions
See our list of session themes.

The Boats
See the boats we use in our program

Boating time disclaimer:

We make every effort to provide your son and/or daughter 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.