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US Sailing's REACH Newsletter
October, 2013

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About US Sailing's Reach Program
US Sailing’s REACH Program utilizes sailing as an educational platform, challenging youth to embrace education, establish a love of learning and explore productive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based careers. Combining educators, sailing instructors, engineers, scientists with today’s youth to provide them with a one of a kind authentic learning experience, giving students the opportunity to apply classroom learning in a cooperative work environment.
How Sea Affinity of Baltimore
Implemented REACH

US Sailing interviewed Sea Affinity Director Steve Maddox recently to learn and share creative ways educational programs are successfully implementing the REACH program.

Sea Affinity is a perfect match for REACH. They are a life skills development organization that uses sailing and boating education to challenge and enable youth and adults, including those impacted by disabilities, to realize their potential.

Organizations interested in utilizing the REACH program should use this interview as resource and a model.

US Sailing: How did Sea Affinity partner with the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Baltimore to implement REACH?

Steve Maddox: We had already decided to use REACH for Sea Affinity’s spring home school Sailing into STEM program and believed that it would be a great part of an outreach program. During the NSPS (National Sailing Program Symposium), we learned how other programs had partnered with their local Boys and Girls Clubs and were empowered by Wayne Moss’ (Boys and Girls Clubs of America) keynote address. When we returned from NSPS, we sent an email to B&G Clubs of Metro Baltimore asking for an opportunity to discuss the program. Ken Darden, president and CEO, was open about it and set up a meeting with us, including Jeff Johnson, vice president of operations, and Matt Justus, director of programing. We offered to run an after school pilot program at no cost once a week for five weeks. We met with Matt again to review the curriculum and to work out dates for the program. Read full interview
Science and Sailing
The National Sailing Hall of Fame recently produced the Science of the America's Cup Educational Videos.

  1. The Science Behind the AC72 - Apparent Wind
  2. The Science Behind the 34th America's Cup - Liveline TV Graphics
  3. The Science Behind the AC72 - Crew Physical Fitness
Gary Jobson, past US Sailing president and current National Sailing Hall of Fame president has done an excellent job reporting the science of the America's Cup. Check out Gary Jobson's Notes on the America's Cup
Community Boating Center in Providence Rhode Island hosted a US Sailing Regional Meeting on Friday and the new STEM Educator Course on Saturday of this past weekend. REACH was the buzz from yacht clubs and sailing centers in the Northeast  from Maine to Connecticut.

At the regional meeting we heard success stories from programs implementing REACH and provided guidance to new programs wanting to get started. This month look for additional module resources on the REACH website.

On Saturday, 16 sailing instructors, and teachers attended the REACH training from various backgrounds. We focused on using inquiry based instruction and experiential learning. Participants felt the expanse of REACH can be overwhelming and the course helped expose them to the content and experience the activities. Everyone completed the course feeling ready and prepared to implement REACH at their location.

STEM Educator Course Dates and Locations
10/25 Shake-A-Leg in Miami, Florida 
2/5/2014 Sailing Leadership Forum in San Diego, California

Educator Course Scholarships will be awarded to US Sailing Level 1 or higher instructors or formal teachers to attend US Sailing’s STEM Educator Course in the fall/winter of 2013. Applicants must be planning to implement REACH at their sailing center or school in 2014. Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received. The 2013 Fall Scholarships Cycle will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

2013 Reach Program Scholarship Application - Click to download. Email completed applications to

New Book - The REACH Educator Guide, an educator’s guide to implementing REACH at your sailing center or in your middle school classroom, is now available for purchase through US Sailing Store.

The REACH Educator Guide Middle School Modules 1-10 includes implementation and instructional designs, updated modules 1-10, glossary, and the corresponding student sheets. Order yours now, it is a must add to your library of resources! View

Retail Price - $59.95 
US Sailing Member Price - $49.95
STEM Links to REACH Kids
The Crazy Tech behind the 2013 America's Cup by Popular Science
Exploratorium Science at the America's Cup: "Sailing 102: Tip Don't Flip!"
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