In Early June, the ALPs Charter School (Alt. Learning Program) of Oshkosh, WI. culminated it’s months’-long exploration of the world of ideas through the lens of sailing. After examining art, architecture, social movements, co-housing, yellow bikes of Amsterdam, etc., the focus turned to the evolution of sail craft design, on to–cats, monos, tri’s, hydrofoils, windsurfers, VOR, etc.
Students (in teams, 2-4), designed and built their own rigs ($10 cap/student, Home Depot Yacht Chandlery). 60 students, gr. 3-6, learned to sail on factory rigs (after swim-test, capsize drill), and then raced with their creations. Some brilliant stuff, some failures, but 60 kids were added to the ranks in a single day–(more, I believe, than our local yacht club teaches in an entire season, and that w/ deep pockets).