CAMDEN, Maine, July 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (HIOBS) is partnering with The Island School to launch an expeditionary sailing program to be operated out of The Island School's campus in Cape Eleuthera, The Bahamas. Thanks to seed funding with Mactaggart Third Fund, the two organizations are looking forward to hosting groups and students starting in 2016.
In 2012, The Island School developed the concept of a sailing program. After deciding a partnership was the best option, The Island School was introduced to HIOBS' Executive Director Eric Denny in 2013. It was May 2015, when the dream took shape as a veteran crew from HIOBS sailed on an epic expedition from Florida, across the Gulf Stream and the Bahamas Bank to Eleuthera to deliver two sailboats, Avelinda and Eliza Sue, to The Island School's campus. Avelinda and Eliza Sue are 30-foot twin masted sailboats designed to sail quickly and navigate into shallow waters with extractable center boards. In keeping with the "human powered" expedition ethos of Outward Bound and the Island School, these open boats are oar powered by students when there is little wind. Designed and built specifically for Outward Bound, the boats can carry up to 8 participants and 2 instructors and will allow expeditions to sail out across the Exuma Sound to the Exuma Land and Sea Park, the oldest marine protected area in the world.
"I see this partnership as a model for non-profits in the coming decade," states Denny. "It brings two world class organizations together to share their complementary areas of expertise to create an exceptional program that neither organization could accomplish on its own."
The first step in this partnership is to integrate HIOBS' expeditionary sailing approach into the existing curriculum of The Island School's 100-day fall and spring semesters and Gap Year program beginning in the fall of 2015. In the winter of 2016, HIOBS and Island School will launch a 21-day expedition that includes sailing, exploring, and studying around Eleuthera's neighboring islands. The trip will include research, a coastal marine ecology and conservation course, focus on island sustainability, teach seamanship and leadership skills, and allow for team and leadership development.
SOURCE Hurricane Island Outward Bound School