October 19, 2013 along Portsmouth, Virginia's riverfront.

"One of the Greatest Gathering of Schooners in the World" featuring participating schooners from the 24th Annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Build and Launch Your Own Skiff During Schooner Days

Schooner Days was created to commemorate Portsmouth Virginia's rich maritime history with a variety of scheduled historical recreation events including demonstrations by shipwright artisans, maritime related musicians, costumed actors and even a hands-on activities.  One of those events is the opportunity to build and launch your own boat. What better way to celebrate Portsmouth Virginia's maritime heritage than by building your own boat on the Elizabeth River.

Joe Filipowski demonstrates the use of a plane to a young boat builder.
 The S.A.I.L. (Straight Ahead In Life) Boat Building Weekend is a unique opportunity to build your own Bevin’s Skiff rowboat during the Schooner Days in just one weekend!  You will be guided through the process by an expert team of S.A.I.L. Straight Ahead In Life wooden boat builders.
You will start on Saturday October 16th and complete your boat Sunday afternoon October 17th in time for a maiden voyage on the Elizabeth River. In addition to boat building, other fun activities such as model boat decorating will be on-hand for the children.

Build a wooden skiff at Schooner Days in Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia.
It all takes place in front of Skipjacks Nautical Wares & Marine Gallery on the riverfront at One High Street next to the High Street Landing in Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia.  Special thanks to W.F. Magann Corporation for sponsoring the outdoor tent for this event.
The event is limited to ten family/group teams.  Each team will build and take home a Bevin’s Skiff rowboat.  Building teams can be 2 to 6 people with at least one adult.

Here are the boat specifications:
Type: Bevin’s Skiff Rowboat
Length: 12.0 ft.
Width: 4.5 ft.
Weight : 120lbs
Capacity: 460lbs

Your boat features the following: very durable all-purpose rowboat design, room for fishing or camping gear, comfortably carries two adults and two children, oar locks for easy rowing and keel for straight tracking while rowing. Please preview the new S.A.I.L. Straight Ahead In Life Community Boat Building Preview below for information about the upcoming event!

Interested in building your own boat?  Applications can be obtained by contacting Travis Jordan at 757.374.729 or can be mailed to you by contacting the S.A.I.L. staff.
The participation fee for each build team is $500 which includes: Complete boat package, Space to build your boat in the park over the weekend; Instructors on-hand to lead you through the construction process. Your package will include a complete kit of parts and supplies (except paint) to build the Bevin’s Skiff rowboat plus two oars.  (Loaner life jackets will be available for launch)
Sponsorships are available for qualifying families/groups; to apply, please write us a short letter explaining your request.
All you need to bring to the event is your team of family and friends prepared to have fun!

About S.A.I.L. Straight Ahead In Life:
S.A.I.L. Straight Ahead In Life is a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to building the lives of young men and women through Strength, Attitude, Intellect, and Love.
S.A.I.L.'s vision is to develop world-wide programs that empower youth to take hold of their destiny and find their purpose in life as they begin to chart and navigate their future.
S.A.I.L. takes young men and women through the process of boat-building and sailing, and uses it as an educational metaphor for building a successful life.  Participants further their educational development in areas of math, science, history, and English as they learn to build classic wooden sailing skiffs through experiential education. Participants simultaneously learn about self-development as they proceed through the stepwise progression model of the S.A.I.L. program which incorporates core life values found in Strength, Attitude, Intellect, and Love.  These values are strategically emphasized through each stage of the boat-building process and parallel the development found in building a successful life.  Participants also gain leadership and entrepreneurship skill development by building a product (boat), marketing and selling that product.
S.A.I.L. Straight Ahead In Life was developed in 2007 by William Travis Jordan, Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, Regent University, and is based upon research literature in the areas of psychology, child development, adventure therapy, and experiential education.
S.A.I.L. Straight Ahead In Life currently develops 10 foot to 15 foot, wooden rowing/sailing skiffs designed by Joseph Filipowski. The skiffs are made from Marine-grade African “okoume” hardwood. Proceeds from the sale of the skiffs benefit the S.A.I.L. program, along with the youth who participate in building the boats and receive a percentage of the proceeds.
During the summer of 2008, S.A.I.L. worked with more than 50 youth in the Hampton Roads area through the sponsorship of Operation Blessing. The youth who participated built the “Psalty X”, developed by Joseph Filipowski, which was exhibited at the 4th Annual Virginia In-Water Boat and Sailfest in Norfolk, Virginia.
For more information, contact S.A.I.L. Straight Ahead In Life 110 Kristen Lane Suffolk, VA 22313  Tel. 757.374.7297  E-mail. sail.mk1230@gmail.com;  Their website is www.sailenterprises.org.

About Schooner Days
Schooner Days is a celebration of the world’s largest gathering of schooners along the waterfront of Olde Towne Portsmouth. It's held this year in conjunction with the 21st Annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race from Baltimore to Portsmouth- racing to save the bay!
Schooner Days was created in 2009 to commemorate Portsmouth, Virginia's rich maritime history with a variety of scheduled historical recreation events including demonstrations by shipwright artisans, maritime related musicians, costumed actors and even a hands-on building of a skiff!  Other exhibits will be on hand to bring awareness for the need to preserve and improve the natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay.
For more information, go to www.schoonerdays.com

About the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race
The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR) was founded to promote public awareness of the Chesapeake Bay's maritime heritage and to encourage the preservation and improvement of the bays natural resources.
Proceeds of the race are donated to one or more charitable organizations involved in conservation of the natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay.  To date, $137,624 has been donated to support children's education programs of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
The race begins in Fells Point, in Baltimore, Maryland, and ends 127 nautical miles down the Chesapeake Bay in Portsmouth, Virginia.  Entry is open to all schooner-rigged vessels.
More than 40 schooners are participating in this year's 21st annual race.
For more information, go to www.schoonerrace.org

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