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more kid stuff


more kid stuff

This next-to-last week of school in Oshkosh, Wi. (Lake Winnebago) for the ALPS (Alternative Learning Program) Charter School students was far better than the usually final tests, sweating, and classroom-cleaning.  After weeks of reviewing great video clips (thanks, SA, Wind, Morning Light);  guest speakers–JimYoung (multi-Olympic effort coach, from Oshkosh), Wes Wilcox–head of engineering for Harken, Dr. Ian house, oceanographic engineer/windsurfing dude from the UK, Kevin Gratton, local windsurfer to win several world championships;  and looking at cool boat stuff–L’Hydroptere/Groupama/Moths/A cats, 18 skiffs;  our students set about designing and fabricating their own break-through (duct tape-intensive) sails for O’pen BICs.  An entire school learned sail, got good, and made their own stuff.   Kids had to fund raise from local businesses.  Teachers joined into to sail, signed up their own kids for windsurfing and sailing lessons.  A couple of families bought boats.  100% sailing saturation.  What if every school had sailing?  What if every kid sailed?  A frightfully competent, smart, self-sufficient nation would emerge.  Makes one rudder,–er–shudder.

Thanks–WindPower Windsurfing, The Catamaran Racing Association of WI., The Oshkosh Yacht Club, Bic Sport, NA, and all the local donors/sponsors