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We have focused on a number of community-based sailing organizations, and here’s one that isn’t about sailing, but no less important in our eyes.
Carl Cramer, publisher of WoodenBoat Magazine,
announced details today of the company’s newest effort to stimulate boatbuilding and rowing
skills to Downeast Maine High School students.“This is our pilot program: to involve students from three area high schools to build and then row
their very own boats,” said Cramer. “We are honored to announce that shop and marine program
students from Deer Isle – Stonington High School (Deer Isle), George Stevens Academy (Blue Hill),
and Sumner High School (East Sullivan) will be joining in this first effort. I fully expect the
parameters of this program to be adopted on a nationwide basis, by high schools and
communities alike. We are calling the program ‘WoodenBoat BARC‘ (Boatbuilding & Rowing
Challenge).” The boat chosen for this program is the 22-foot-long St. Ayles Skiff. Designed by acclaimed
yacht designer Iain Oughtred and engineered by Jordan Boats (both in Scotland), this design has
already captured acceptance throughout Scotland, where communities have begun building them
this year in order to bring communities together in the building and rowing process. The boats
each have a crew of five people.
Cramer continued, “The Deer Isle-Stonington High School marine program students will begin
building their boat next week, once the first kit has been cut. The goal is to get all three boats
launched and competing against each other in early June 2011.”
WoodenBoat has donated one boat kit each to the programs from Deer Isle – Stonington High
School and Sumner High School; Hewes & Company (of Blue Hill, Maine), the company that
produces the kits, is donating one to the program at George Stevens Academy. Kits are available
to anyone in North America from Hewes & Company.
The Landing School (Arundel, Maine) will be providing assistance as well. “The Landing School
staff and faculty are eager to contribute their support and expertise to the students endeavoring
to learn the art of boatbuilding. A representative from The Landing School will visit each group of
Maine high school students to offer guidance and encouragement as these aspiring boatbuilders
take on Iain Oughtred’s St. Ayles Skiff. The collaboration with WoodenBoat, the regional marine
trade and public high schools is an opportunity to advance the craftsmanship and integrity of
boatbuilding for which Maine is renowned.” Products are being donated to the three programs, as follows:
Epoxy – West System (Bay City, MI)
Fasteners, hardware – Hamilton Marine (Searsport, ME)
Paint – Epifanes North America (Thomaston, ME)
Photo Credit Peter Nisbet.