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Rowing into the Sunset

BMC’s Community Rowing Program – coming in earlier this week with a beautiful Erie sunset.

BMC and Sarah Reed Staff Attend Safe Schools Conference

Sarah Reed Children’s Center and BMC staff attended the Safe Schools Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania this week.  

Gannon University Plants Trees at BMC

THANK YOU Gannon University for planting three white oak trees on Saturday on our campus! Gannon planted 170 trees around the city in a grant funded program called “TreeVitalize”.

2014 EASE Picnic

The 2014 EASE Picnic. THANK YOU to all of the volunteers, sailors, parents, and program partners who made this the best summer ever!

First Project SAIL Session Kicks Off

Project SAIL apprentices began their maritime training this week. Today was their first experience rowing our St. Ayles Skiff, “Mighty Oak.”  

Project SAIL Apprentice Featured in United Way Campaign

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 him on the path of being accepted into Central Tech Career & Technical School’s carpentry program. BMC is a United Way of Erie County funded organization. Project SAIL is currently recruiting for its fall session. For more information, go to: https://bayfrontcenter.org/education/project-sail/ “We have embarked on a

Presque Isle Bay Messabout 2014

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 Design/Contemporary Construction – Elgin 16 – Gary Kilmer Best in Show – Caledonia Yawl “Delight” – John Shinaberger Best Paddling Boat – Strip Canoe “Prospector” – Chris Laird 

Thousands Attend Cardboard Boat Regatta

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 the Bayfront Maritime Center and an educational experience. “It’s a great way to work with kids to teach them math and science and team work and measuring and careful cutting and fitting and perseverance and end up with a product that you can have some

Join Us for the 2014 Small Boat Festival

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – AUGUST 15th and 16th!

Retro BMC Videos

Check out this post to see Channel 12’s coverage of the St. Ayles Skiff hull turning,  a promotional video about the Cardboard Boat Regatta, and a amateur video from when Happi 92.7 participated in the Regatta.

Taco the Town Is Back in the Water!

Taco the Town is back in the water! BMC’s 35′ racing catamaran is locally designed and locally built.

Anything That Floats

A BLAST FROM THE PAST! The precursor to BMC’s Cardboard Regatta, The great ‘Anything That Floats’ race of 1998!  

Welcoming Our 2014 Allegheny Bonner

We are so pleased to have Allegheny College Bonner student, Xzavier Scott, working with us this summer. Xzavier is from New York City and will be beginning his junior year in the fall. Last year, he worked as a community coordinator and as a computer literacy tutor in Meadville. He’s excited to have his first office job, especially one with such a beautiful view!

EASE Program Begins Its 15th Season

The Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience, EASE, began in 2000. Today is the start of the 15th season. The BMC adaptive fleet has grown to five Access Dinghys,and includes a Liberty, a cat-rigged Breeze, and three 303’s. EASE is organized and run by a dedicated and accomplished crew of 20 volunteers lead by Kathy and Bren Lindell. The Bayfront Maritime Center hosted the Access Dinghy National Championships in 2004. EASE is the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania. A HUGE THANK YOU to Eric Guerrein and Lakeshore Towing Services, Inc., who allow us to run EASE from the Wolverine Park Marina. 

Turning it Over!

On the last day of the school year, the high school students in the Bayfront Alternative Education Program (BAEP) turned over the hull of the second St. Ayles Skiff. “Hull-turning” is a significant moment in the boatbuilding process. These students leveled the strongback, set the keelson, planked the boat, laid the keel and outer stems, and turned the hull over. Over 200 BAEP students, Project SAIL apprentices, and student volunteers have worked on this skiff, which will be used in Erie’s first community rowing program at BMC.

New Mast on Friendship Sloop Momentum

The Friendship Sloop Momentum sailing today with her new mast! She turns 50 this year.

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