Windham Center School is an upper elementary school (Grades 5 and 6) and we are located in Southern New Hampshire. Our vision is to instill a world-class education through the core values of empathy, equity and inclusion for our students so that they may ultimately become upstanding members of society. Our mission is realized through the delivery of opportunities that are designed to promote a love for learning, respectful relationships, grit, equity, diversity, and global citizenship. Together, we promote a culture and climate of academic excellence that is rooted in a simple theory that kindness matters at our school.
After hearing of the Rye Riptides boat and speaking with Sheila Adams who highly recommended this project, the miniboat project proposal was presented to the Windham School District. The project was well received and approved. Our boat arrived a few days before school started. We took the first couple of weeks to learn about the process of building, launching and tracking our miniboat.
As the first part of this process, we discussed boat naming traditions and the students each generated a name that represented either New Hampshire, our town of Windham or our school. After the list was narrowed to five, 452 members of our school community voted and the name selected was the WILDCAT WAVE!
Pictured here is the crew as they worked together to create a stand for their project.
October 2022 to January 2023: Progress Updates
January 16, 2023 - Launched by crew of F/V Rachel Leah
Ms. Cronin and a few miniboat friends (Sheila Adams and Cassie Stymiest) met at the docks of Little Bay Lobster on January 6 to make final preparations for the Wildcat Wave.
Special thanks to Todd Ellis for all his coordination and support of this project, and for inviting us back a few days later on January 11 to meet the crew of the F/V Rachel Leah, who were the ones going to bring the miniboat out to sea. Todd has helped us launch a couple other miniboats over the years as well (check out Red Storm which ended up in Ireland!).
We received an email on January 16, 2023 from Captain Patrick Terry of the F/V Rachel Leah that the miniboat was launched after the winds shifted northwest from the previous day (to give it the best chance of sailing to Gulf Stream):
“We launched the miniboat at 9:15 a.m. January 16. Position 40°52′.52″ N. 66°30′.58″W. North Wind 30 kts. Wave heights 8 to 12 ft. Air temp 42°. Sea temp 48°. Barometric pressure 1008.0. Tide (current) was Southwest at 1.5 kts. The miniboat headed to the Southwest. It appears to follow the current more then the wind. What we don’t see has as much or greater affect, then what we do see. Whether that is environmentally or personally. Thank you Patrick Terry. F/V Rachel Leah”
They also took a really neat video of the launch – check it out here: