BSSC’s Top’s’l Sea and Science Program takes sailors to the next level! Designed for more experienced sailors, this program allows students to build upon the skills developed at the Stay’s’l Sea and Science Program level and take on leadership roles. Four to six participants in a boat allows for opportunities to improve social skills and develop lifelong friendships. Instructors and advanced level sailors will use BSSC’s 23’ Sonars as a platform for advancing maritime skills and knowledge, including weather observation and forecasting, tides and currents, piloting and navigation, rules of the road, and introduction to spinnakers and racing. This Program also incorporates an advanced understanding and respect of the marine environment that includes but is not limited to recording and analyzing Weather Patterns; studying environmental impacts on Intertidal Ecology; understanding Oceanography as it relates to data collection and the embracing ownership and the practice of responsible Ocean Stewardship. Fusing sailing and science, students will learn the hydrodynamics and aerodynamics that make sailboats perform optimally. They will participate in coaching and teaching, increasing their leadership abilities. Each two-week session will culminate with a student-planned day-sail to a predetermined overnight campsite supervised by instructors and Center leaders. Drawing on their newly acquired navigation and weather forecasting skills, students will work together to share the responsibilities of executing an overnight adventure! Requirements: > Red Cross Level IV certificate or pass a swim test at the Center. > Parents / Guardians must present signed Registration forms, Liability Waiver, and Emergency Medical formsbefore participants begin the program. > Parent/Guardian and student must jointly sign "Sailor’s Code of Conduct" before the start of the program.