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Each student should be prepared to raise or contribute $100/ month. Keep in mind that at the end of the project, the team has a finished race boat that can be sold/auctioned off to reimburse contributions or used to fund the next year's build. Depending on the quality of the build, the finished race boat would be a modern design that should be marketable. Over the course of the build, I would be available to assist not only with design and build questions, but also to teach the students how to sail. I think the greatest potential benefit is for the 'slip between the cracks' student who is likely not collegetracked, but also not raising any red flags with poor performance or behavior issues. This student can acquire some very valuable real-life Ben spent $6,000 building skills that can carry him/her into the his little sportboat. workforce after high school. I'm trying to do this in my home area of Sacramento, but thought I would throw it out there to see if anyone in the Bay Area has any interest in getting this project going in a school near them. I can be reached at Ben Doolittle Sacramento





Custom built in New Zealand and launched in 2002, she's 70-feet long with a 32-foot beam, twin Yanmar 240 turbo engines, four staterooms, four heads. Galley, dining and saloon located on main deck. Located in San Francisco

$2,450,000 For more information, go to: Page 52 •

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• May, 2014

Ben — We apologize for being somewhat facetious, but you might try the Sausalito Marin City School District, which the San Francisco Chronicle reports spends $30,000 per year per student — or about three to four times the average in California. The student scores are still dismal, demonstrating once again that throwing money at educational problems is rarely a solution. The person to talk to would be Steve Van Zant, who as superintendent of the one-school, 150-student school district, gets paid $165,000 plus benefits a year. And that's for working just three days a week. Is this a great country or what? ⇑⇓THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE? I just read the April issue letter about “the annoying buzz” of the author's Monitor timer — timers such as have been a part of the annual Baja Ha-Ha swag for years. The comment made me laugh out loud! When we got a new Monitor windvane for Catch The Wind in 2006 — to replace the one Sam finished installing at sea during the 1980 Singlehanded TransPac — we got one of those little timers as a complimentary gift. While we were cruising around in the Sea of Cortez a few years ago, we used that timer to remind us to check the refrigerator temp, to time cooking food, and to do so many other things. The timer had a magnet, so it conveniently stuck on the side of the radar. We returned to the Bay Area in October 2009, and moved into our Antioch home in January 2010. When we did, Sam bought a fancy new timer for the house. But it never worked correctly. Just a few months ago, I tossed that timer in my grandson’s gadget drawer. On our next trip to the boat, I grabbed the Monitor timer off the radar, brought it home, changed the battery — and found that it still works great! We sold the Monitor windvane last year because we don't need it sailing around the Delta, but we've kept the Monitor timer.

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The May 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 May 2014  

The May 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.