2nd Voyage

April 4, 2018
On April 4th at 12:27 p.m. the S/V Red, White, & Blue Crew was relaunched into the Northern Pacific with the help of the Ms. Golden’s 6th graders at Blatchley Middle School. Check out the video below:

Ms. Golden was quoted in the Sitka Sentinel: “All of the sudden, they feel like they’re part of something bigger.” The story was also picked up by Oregon Live, “Sailboat built by Scappoose students continues journey to Japan.” Now Ms. Golden wants to bring the miniboat program to Sitka High School where she’ll be teaching next year. Local fishermen who have been involved recently also want to help.

April 3, 2018

Nate Sandel, Education Director at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, arrived in Sitka, Alaska with a new sail for the miniboat, but this time only one side was decorated.  The 6th graders at Otto Petersen Elementary School left the other side blank so their contemporaries could put their own stamp on the boat they would relaunch the following day during their pre-planned field trip out into the Sitka Sound. Ms. Golden’s students submitted design ideas and then voted on their favorite sketches. The top four were drawn on the sail.

March 2018

Over the last month Ben Johnson of Compass Rose Charter has been taking great care of the S/V Red, White, and Blue Crew.  The miniboat had some minor hull damage that Ben filled and ready for her visit to Ms. Golden’s 6th grade science class in mid-March. After seeing the miniboat and finding out about the project, she proposed that her class relaunch S/V Red, White, and Blue Crew on their annual field trip!

1st Voyage

March 2, 2018 – Recovered!

Thanks to The Johnaon Family and Compass Rose Charters for safely recovering S/V Red, White, & Blue Crew! They are planning on bringing it to a local Sitka school on Monday

March 1, 2018- Spotted by the USCG from the air

Spotted from the air! Below is the latest update from our amazing USCG at Air Station Sitka.

CDR Smith- “The S/V Red, White & Blue was located today high aground in the vicinity of Sitka Sound – pictures attached.  A salvage & refloat operation is being planned for the weekend, weather permitting.  Thanks to CDR Will Walker and his crew for locating the vessel!”

LT Sirokman- “Attached are some photos of the project vessel from Scappoose Elementary School.

We were unable to pull it off the beach and refloat it because we did not have a rescue swimmer aboard, however, we got pictures and an updated location. Weather and time-permitting, I may take my whaler out there with Rhett this weekend on an adventure to find it and see if we can get it back in the water.  In the meantime, attached are some pictures that our ace photographer, AET2 Dart, took from the mighty MH-60T.”

The purple track on the left is the first voyage of the Red, White and Blue Crew. She headed Northwest into the Gulf of Alaska but turned and made an eastward journey, landing in Sitka where she was recovered.

February 28, 2018 – Landing Report

After 82 miraculous days at sea, the S/V Red, White, and Blue Crew made landfall on the East side of Legma Island 16 miles SW of Sitka Alaska. USCG Air Station Sitka has been alerted and will be keeping their eye open for a potential rescue!

December 6, 2017

The 6 December 2017 sunset launch occurred 2 miles NNW of the CR Buoy (7 miles off shore) and was recorded on video (see https://vimeo.com/246295606) thanks Captain Jordan, Captain Matteo, and the crew of the P/V Astoria.

The Boat

Laycee Kinsman’s 6th grade class prepared this little boat for a December 2017 deployment off Oregon.

Even before it launched, it was reported in the press here. “This isn’t just our ocean, it belongs to hundreds of thousands of people around the world,” Kinsman said.” It’s about enriching our experience and working outside of our own community to discovery diversity and new viewpoints.”