From Jim Stewart at the Bayfront Centre in Erie PA comes this news, “We are building a MINI 6.50 to compete in the 2005 MINI Transat. We work primarily with inner city neglected and delinquent youth and utilize boat building, sailing, environmental studies and underwater archeology to teach and reinforce traditional academic subjects and to introduce personal growth initiatives.”
By the completion of the boat 1,000 children will have participated. It is being built at the Bayfront Center for Maritime studies. The mission of BCMS is to design and deliver unique, maritime-based educational, vocational, and recreational opportunities for the local community. BCMS provides programming for all the juvenile placement facilities in Erie County and seventeen public school districts in northwest Pennsylvania.
The boat is a Dudley Dix design being built of wood.
They hope to have the boat completed for the upcoming Boston to Bermuda Mini race, this June.
The mini is the smallest of the Open Classes at 21 feet. Every other year (next being 2005) these boats sail a 2 legged trans atlantic race, solo fashion.
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