Official Education Partner of the Atlantic Cup

Pictured above, Dave Rearick teaches two students how to tie knots. Photo credit: Billy Black

We are proud to continue our support of The Atlantic Cup through its Kids Program!

The Atlantic Cup Kids Program provides an opportunity for students, teachers, and mentors to visit the boats and engage, hands-on, with the sailors and learn about the history and science of sailing as well as the oceans and environment. The program also expands on the sustainability initiatives of the race and is featured on the Atlantic Cup website at Teachers and parents can download worksheets to follow along during the race and learn more about the environment and the waterways of the United States. In addition, the Kids Program will present the Fan Favorite Award to the team voted the Atlantic Cup Kids Favorite Team.

The Atlantic Cup Kids Program coordinator, Dave Rearick, is a former Atlantic Cup Champion, has sailed around the world solo, and is an 11th Hour Racing Ambassador. He is known to the kids as Captain Dave and will visit school districts in Charleston, New York, and Portland in advance of the race to educate children in the classroom before their on-site experience when the race is in their town.

Strategic Director Co-Founder of 11th Hour Racing, Jeremy Pochman said, “I am thrilled that we are continuing our support of The Atlantic Cup through the education program. We are excited to see the educational impact the race has had over the past five editions and their continuing commitment to engaging youth in sustainability.”

Manuka Sports Event Management Co-Founder and Atlantic Cup Race Director, Hugh Piggin, said, “Our Kids program is the cornerstone of our sustainability efforts. If we don’t face the environmental challenges that exist today and engage the next generation in tackling these challenges, the recreation and enjoyment of our natural environment may be lost. Fortunately, with the ongoing support of 11th Hour Racing, we are able to include the next generation in a positive and fun way as we push to secure the health and sustainability on our ocean playground.”

Students learning on the dock in Charleston, SC. Photo credit: Billy Black