By Jamie Wai, ACSC Lead Instructor
ACSC’s science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) camps were an overall success. With the help of Bryan Leyda and other volunteers, ACSC was able to provide an enhanced US Sailing STEM program. Highlights included a cardboard boat building contest, anemometer construction, fish and squid dissection and of course- sailing! Campers also learned about hull and boat design, Plimsol marks and environmental stewardship. Not to mention the addition of Science Friday, which was a whole morning dedicated to environmental science. Campers and staff had a blast during STEAM camp. A HUGE and well deserved “Thank you” to all the volunteers and staff who made ACSC’s STEAM camp happen!
A camper learns about navigation while sailing a keelboat underneath the Bay Bridge
Campers line up for the second annual boat building contest
Another great day of sailing
Our STEAM whiteboard after the buoyancy lesson. Thanks to our volunteer, and retired aeronautical engineer, Bryan Leyda, for his help with the curriculum!
Originally written by Dawn Lemoine & Marjorie Powell in the Alameda Sun 8/23/2018.
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Earlier this month 10 gull chicks just learning how to be Western Gulls in San Francisco Bay were helped by a group of youngsters learning how to be sailors.
The gull chicks had been raised at the International Bird Rescue (IBR) in Fairfield. Brought there as injured or orphaned chicks and after weeks of care, even surgery in at least one case, the birds were old and well enough to be released. The youngsters were sailing students at the Alameda Community Sailing Center’s (ACSC) summer sailing camp, which meets at the Encinal Boat Ramp on the West End.
Dawn Lemoine, an Alameda resident and relatively new volunteer for IBR, was looking for an open patch of beach near the USS Hornet to release the birds. She had two large animal
When ACSC director Emily Zugnoni asked for volunteers, all of the sailing students volunteered. A number of campers carefully carried the crates to the beach where Lemoine opened them. The students had several insightful questions and observations, all of which were discussed after the chicks were released.
Lemoine had been warned that young chicks might be too nervous to... Enjoy the full article here.
Originally posted on Latitude38.com
Chris Conner is a former professional sailing instructor with extensive coastal and blue water sailing experience. He and his wife are currently parenting two teens, navigating the waters between the Boredom Sea and the rocky shores of Overwhelm. Chris is the host of two podcasts, Life Science Marketing Radio and Flip Turns, a love letter to the sport of swimming.
Fishy, Fishy, Fishieee
That’s the sound my 2-year old makes whenever he sees a slippery little aquatic critter. Actually it’s more like “wishy, wishy, whitchy”. Which is possibly even cuter. While too often in my household, the iphone screen is a source of soul wrenching tirades, there are lovely moments, where focus is on the natural beauty of the non-digital world. Since it will be a couple of years until I can teach my son the joys and serenity of sailing, we have been enjoying our local wildlife. Lately that means right at the water’s edge, and getting chased around by seagulls and ducks.
The Pacific Coast Herring Spawn
Fate of the pacific herring
Where can I find the spawns?
A good rule of thumb is to look for a large number of very squawky birds, diving ducks, snorting pinnipeds, and fishing boats. Oh and no doubt, you’ll hear me and my little herring saying, “here fishy, fishy, fishieee.”
Special thanks to all our volunteers that helped by captaining a boat, or captaining the grill and info desk. Our safety boats motored around our harbor as Sail Cubes, CFJ's and two of our Capri 14.2s gave free boat rides. Lots of excitement in the area with Hobie Cats launching and a Flying Dutchman enjoying the breeze.
Perhaps you've noticed ACSC's Web site has taken another giant leap forward. It is beautiful, easy to navigate, and has an edgy, funny, joyful sensibility.
You may not yet know the creator, a friend of ACSC who originally volunteered to practice his gel coat repair skills. Eric is a technology expert with mad skills in producing attractive, compelling Web sites.
We sat down with Eric to learn a bit more about him: what makes him tick, what sailing means to him, why he's involved with ACSC.
Although not really an ACSC event, we are very happy to help and share our facility! It has typically welcomed at least 30 boats, including Hobie 16s, Hobie 18s, Hobie Miracle 20s, Hobie 17s and occasionally some F18s. The event hosts visiting racers off the coast of Alameda for buoy racing on Saturday, and the main event is a distance race, traveling clockwise around Treasure Island. They will be launching off the beach adjacent to our facility. Come down and have a look! Read about last year's event.
REVISED Date: July 8th & 9th
Organizer: Thomas Sinnickson