New program offers science and fast sailing

The Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine, offers wilderness and maritime expeditions aboard a variety of craft to people of all ages in Northern New England and Northeast Canada. Since the 1970s the foundation has sent groups of young people out on the coast of Maine in wooden, traditionally rigged vessels without engine, and with only a compass and VHF radio to navigate.

Each trip’s focus is sensitivity to the natural environment, which is part of the foundation’s core philosophy of land and water stewardship. This summer Chewonki has launched a new program that couples scientific monitoring with fast sailing aboard its 44-foot catamaran Grand Chat. By summer’s end, the vessel will have transited the entire coast from Portland, Maine, to Passamaquoddy Bay in Eastern Maine.

“We will explore such critical issues as red tide, spread of invasive species, island use, condition of bottom communities and wildlife populations,” writes Betta Stothart, director of community relations at Chewonki. Contact Chewonki for further information on this and other sailing adventures at 207-882-7323.

By Ocean Navigator