TopSail is an education and adventure experience aboard
a large sailing vessel. The program enriches conventional school
curricula by bringing biology, mathematics, physics, geography,
history, literature and the environment to life in the real world
classroom of the sea.
The first half of the program typically consists
of a series of one-day sails in and around the Los Angeles-Long
Beach harbors. Each day's activity builds on the skills and knowledge
gained before. Participants are then given an opportunity to utilize
their new found sense of empowerment and team work during a multi-day
voyage to Catalina Island. The youth sleep aboard ship, plan and
prepare all the meals, and plan their activities for each day.
MORE THAN "JUST A BOAT RIDE"
The shipboard environment is challenging, yet nurturing - encouraging
exploration and self-reliance. It is notably effective with youth
who are not coping well with the demands of society and are at risk
of dropping out of school and giving up.
TopSail does not train youth for lives at sea. It
uses the sea to educate youth for life.
TopSail is an educational venue rich in potential
for the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that are
difficult to teach in a traditional classroom. The program is available
to schools and organized youth groups throughout southern California
and beyond. Call LAMI for additional the details: (310) 833-6055.