Gage, a graduate of BMC’s after-school program Project SAIL, is currently featured in the United Way of Erie County‘s Faces United campaign. Gage was accepted into the program in January, where he received a hands-on learning experience that translated into a passion for carpentry and boats, especially the U.S. Brig Niagara. Gage’s experience through Project SAIL set
Bayfront Maritime Center hosted the Third Annual Presque Isle Bay Messabout on August 16-17, 2014 at their waterfront campus. There were many beautiful hand-crafted boats on display. The committee honored the following entries: Traditional Design/Traditional Construction – Whaleboat “Bruce” – Craig Holm & DJ Kitzel Best Restoration – Rhodes 29 “Altair” – Joe Nagle Traditional
With thousands of spectators cheering them on, more than 150 boaters set sail in their cardboard boats for the Bayfront Maritime Center’s annual cardboard boat regatta. Some sailed all the way to the finish line, some barely made it, and others sank. But the regatta is more than just a competition, it’s a fundraiser for
STEM Director and Project SAIL Instructor
Harold Rinn, a retired GE and Rail Power engineer, has worked part-time at BMC in the Bayfront Alternative Education Program and Project SAIL since 2009. Harold is a prime example of a retired professional giving back to their community. He frequently logs large amounts of volunteer hours with anything else that requires his expertise. Harold was awarded the “Presidential Volunteer Service Award: Silver Level” for serving over 250 volunteer hours this year at BMC. Harold works extensively with the students teaching them how to use BMC’s ShopBot CNC digital fabrication equipment. He is also the guru of cardboard boats and cigar box guitars, and has helped many groups with constructing a seaworthy vessel for the Cardboard Regatta. Harold is incredibly generous, patient, and talented. BMC is fortunate to have him on our team!