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December 28, 2008


December 28, 2008

The Pegasus is a 51' Classic wooden Alden sailing vessel berthed in the Berkeley (CA) Marina. Our goal together with other local boating groups is "No Child Left Ashore". Our volunteers have provided an opportunity for Bay Area school kids to experience the wonder of the San Francisco Bay environment since 1994. Our guests might be kids from the Shorebird Nature Center, the Berkeley Boosters, the YMCA, or many others. I joined the crew around 1996 and have since become one of the Captains and a member of the Board. In these last 12 years I continue to be amazed at the changes that happen to a group of kids after a voyage. When they show up at the dock, they may be bored, or sullen, or rowdy, or angry, but after a trip to the bowsprit on a breezy day, or a turn at the helm of a boat bigger than a schoolbus, they invariably become enthusiastic kids again.


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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the stories and drawings that have been sent back to us from the classrooms about the kids feelings during a voyage.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to sign up more kids.

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

sharing my passion for sailing with kids, and being a crew on one of the safest boats on the bay.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

anxious to work together to practice our skills and safety procedures so that the kids can experience what teamwork means.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand our fleet and hire paid crew to operate many more voyages around all corners of the SF Bay and at other sailing locations.

Ways to make it better...

there were more time per voyage.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

maintaining an adequate crew and captain roster to never have to cancel a sail.

One thing I'd also say is that...

maintaining a wooden vessel to our high safety standards and in a Bristol fashion is very costly.

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