Unlike our Gap and Winter Term programs in Cuba, our summer voyages allow us to return home and to tailor float-plans in the Gulf of Maine that reflect the Ocean Passages commitment to positive social change.
For instance, the Summer 2017 season will feature a two-week program in collaboration with Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, in Portland ME – and berths are still available for any Maine high school student between the ages of 15 and 19. Previous sailing experience is not required.
The Science and Sea voyage will focus on sustainable fisheries, exploring our region’s interdependent saltwater ecology and economy. In addition to field studies, you’ll meet professionals working with lobster, salmon, seaweed and oyster farms along the Maine coast. And aboard our 130-foot schooner, you’ll learn as much about teamwork as navigation.
As a bonus, participating students can also earn Digital Badges recognized for credit in educational institutions across the state – and the experience is also terrific preparation for any of our Ocean Passages programs in Cuba.
Last summer, a dozen students from Baxter Academy participated in a special Tall Ship welcome to Portland for hundreds of visiting Arctic officials from around the world. We’re thrilled that Baxter has now agreed to help host other Maine students for the Science and Sea sail this summer.
The voyage tuition of $2,400 includes all meals, lodging and general trip supplies. This summer’s voyage from Portland Harbor begins on July 22 and returns on August 5. You can download the application here.
We’re also partnering with Baxter Academy to sail the Gamage and raise funds for our Science and Sea program, so please click here to view additional information regarding these sails.
For questions about logistics or scholarships, please contact Heather D'Ippolito at Baxter Academy.