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2012 Presque Isle Bay Messabout and Cardboard Regatta

August 18, 2012. Photos from our Third Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta and Presque Isle Bay Messabout.

Starboard, Cardboard!

It is time to start planning your cardboard boat! Use your imagination to construct a boat made entirely from cardboard, tape, paint and glue, and then paddle it around a 200 yard course in the East Canal Basin on Erie’s Bayfront and see if you can win a prize for Most Creative, Fastest Time, Crowd Favorite… or at least Most Dramatic Sinking! There are three age divisions:  Adult, Teen (12-18 years old) and Kid’s Crew (under 12 years old.) We have several youth groups who would like to participate but are looking for sponsors. Your donation of $50 will allow these kids to

BMC Sails with Erie Shriners Hospitals Children

This is the 12th year of the Erie Adaptive Sailing Program, EASE, and the 11th year we have sailed with kids from the Erie Shriners Hospitals for Children. The wind and weather were perfect for a fun day on the water. Many kids were paddling kayaks for the first time! Thank you to all the EASE volunteers who have made the program grow and thrive! EASE is the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania.

2012 EASE Program Underway

The EASE program allows youth with physical and/or mental disabilities to sail independently on Presque Isle Bay.

BMC Students Build Cigar Box Guitars

We are so very proud of our students! It took Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to make one of these instruments, as well as perseverance, patience, focus, and some hard work!

The Erie Boat Featured in Wooden Boat Magazine

The Erie Boat, built by over 1000 Erie school students at the Bayfront Maritime Center, has been added to Wooden Boat Magazines Registry of Wooden Boats—HUZZAH! It was built by over 1,000 school students, from 5th grade-12th grade, 1999-2001  

Captain’s License Course Begins at BMC

A US Coast Guard Approved Captains License Course is Underway at BMC!

Project SAIL Apprentices Tour US Coast Guard Vessel

Project SAIL (Successful Apprenticeships and Investments in Learning) is BMC’s after-school program. It offers an engaging learning experience to teens, ages 15-18, with an interest in hands-on maritime activities.

Radar Observer Unlimited Course

Director Rich Eisenberg attended WWMT’s Unlimited Radar Observer course. BMC is planning to offer this course in Erie in the near future. The Bayfront Maritime Center has similar Buffalo Computer Graphics Radar simulator equipment.

The 2nd Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

The 2nd Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at Bayfront Maritime Center was a fun for all involved. Check out the pictures for highlights of this awesome event.

10th Season of Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience

The Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience (EASE) program helps those with physical and mental disabilities enjoy the experience of sailing and maritime activities. The EASE program is the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania.

Students Operating CNC Digital Fabrication Equipment in Boatshop

Students designed a project using a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program, then created a layout for the Computer Numeric Control (CNC) digital fabrication machine to follow. 

BMC Youth Working on San Francisco Pelican

High School students are learning to apply Science, Math, Technology, and Engineering (STEM) skills while building a San Francisco Pelican sailboat in BMC’s boatshop.

ShopBot CNC Router Up and Running!

The ShopBot CNC Router, a cutting-edge STEM education tool, is assembled and ready to be used.  Its first task was to cut the top of the middle table layer to make it perfectly parallel to the rail assembly and gantry.

Join Us for BMC’s First Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

BMC hosted its first Cardboard Boat Regatta during Celebrate Erie 2010.

Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper Visits BMC

Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper visited BMC today to check out our facilities. BMC appreciates Congresswoman Dahlkemper’s continued support.

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