On September 6th and 7th, Westwind Sailing had the privilege to partner with US Sailing and Tall Ships America for the 30th annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival in the Dana Point Harbor. All who have visited the festival know how much fun the weekend’s events bring. Whether you are boarding one of the vessels, listening to live entertainment, walking the booths and seeing the mermaids, or simply enjoying a funnel cake or frozen lemonade, there is always something entertaining around the grounds.
Reflecting on the weekend, Eliza Braunstein of Tall Ships America said, “We at Tall Ships America had a great time and would like to thank everybody who came out to the festival and who participated in this year's youth maritime adventure. Tall Ships America, the United States’ national sail training organization, had partnered with US Sailing, the leader in the sport of sailing, to promote the REACH Scavenger Hunt at this year’s TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® festivals.”
The Reach Program utilizes sailing as an educational platform, challenging youth to embrace education, establish a love of learning and explore productive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based careers. The scavenger hunt provided a hands on learning experience promoting education of the tall ships as well as the REACH Program.
The scavenger hunt was a hit with the kids a well as their parents. Towards the end of the afternoon the kids returned with their completed scavenger hunt cards to enter our raffle and receive prizes generously donated from US Sailing. Our grand prize winner went home with an US Sailing dry bag, US Sailing belt, REACH educational books, and US Sailing water bottle.
photo credit: Eliza Braunstein of Tall Ships America
Our staff at the Westwind Sailing booth had a great time hosting the scavenger hunt and promoting education and water safety. We would like to thank Tall Ships America and US Sailing for the opportunity to partner with them for a greater cause.