dream project of three Sarasota, Florida sailors last year is now
a sailing classroom aboard the seventy-two foot Clements, a gaff-rigged
historic Gulf Coast schooner. Collectively, they envisioned a schooner
as the platform for serving the mission of the new organization:
to work in unifying actions that heal us individually and collectively
as we learn to live in balance with our Florida Gulf Coast estuaries,
bays and coastlines.
the "official schoolship" of Sarasota county by the Board
of Commissioners, the Aquarian Quest project teaches children about
ecology, marine life, care of the environment and introduces them
to the challenges of sailing. A primary theme in the program is
to create an awareness of, and personal relationship with nature
and the environment.
is the founders' belief that integrating the power of holistic social
programs and group support with the challenges of sailing a
vessel presents an excellent opportunity
for personal growth.
underlying belief of the project is that by integrating these elements
an environment that combines learning cooperative social skills,
community building, teamwork, trust and self-esteem with the challenge
of applying and using these skills immediately and seeing the results.
Aquarian Quest contracts with school districts to introduce the
next generation of adults to the physics of sailing, the math of
navigation and the biology of the life that lives beneath her planked
of the program is to instill responsible stewardship in the students
for the earth and sea, and let them come to understand that we are
responsible for the water and watershed systems of our environment.