Sailing Science Center News
February 2019
Vol. 2, No. 6

Welcome to the February issue of the Sailing Science Center News. January was another monumental month of momentum-making madness! The project continues to grow at record speed, challenging us to keep up. Read some of the highlights below.

First of all, you don't choose your passions; your passions choose you.

– Jeff Bezos
Volunteer Spotlight - Ryan Heffernan
Ryan Heffernan is one of our youngest volunteers at just 18 years of age, but he brings the kind of enthusiasm and energy to the project that we love. As soon as we told him about the project he was like Oh yeah! That's cool! I want to be involved in that!

We met Ryan in early December while attending the weekly lecture series at the St. Francis Yacht Club. He is a freshman studying electrical engineering at San Francisco State and his main connection with the St. Francis is his position crewing on lecture-series-organizer, Ron Young's, classic race boat, Youngster. Ryan was in a Navy program during high school and his goal is to join the Navy after graduating from college.

Ryan tells us that his main passion is doing hands-on mechanical work, especially on cars, and even more especially on Subarus. Because of his mechanical interests he was very clear that the way he wanted to contribute to the project was by helping to build exhibits. He didn't waste any time doing that either. At our January 16 lecture event at the St. Francis (see below) Ryan helped other volunteers to set up and capture the video we needed, and he is now near completion on one of our first portable exhibits, called the Coriolis Carousel.

Welcome aboard Ryan! It's great to have you on the project!
Wednesday Yachting Luncheon

On January 16, we were honored to speak at the St. Francis Yacht Club Wednesday Yachting Luncheon. The program was recorded on video with the expertise of Ron Young as Host and Tom Ehman as Producer. The live program was well attended, and with more than 470 views of the video so far, has helped us reach further into our community than ever before.
You can view the video here.
I've never seen a business that delights the customer that doesn't succeed.

– Warren Buffet
February Volunteer Gathering
Our first volunteer event for 2019 has been scheduled for February 7 at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Invitations have been sent and the guest list has been compiled. This unique visit will give us an opportunity to learn about this great Bay Area museum and how they managed their path to success. What we think is really a kick about this opportunity is that adults aren't normally allowed in the museum unless they are accompanied by children. Haha! It tells you who's really the boss! We'll have a report in the March News.
UC Berkeley
February 8, 2019

On February 8 we will be presenting to a group of 20-30 undergraduates at UC Berkeley. This will be slightly different from our yacht club presentations, as the conversation will move toward getting the audience involved in designing and building exhibits as student projects. After all, this is where the science, learning and leadership all begin!

Thank you to our host, Professor Emeritus, Ron Yeung, for arranging this!
Corinthian Yacht Club
March 7, 2019

On March 7 we will be presenting at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon, together with Bill Kreysler of the Facility for Advanced Sailing and Technology (FAST). Our talks will describe the two separate projects, but also the overarching vision of partnership to create a world destination for sailing education, knowledge and competition on Treasure Island. The program is free and is open to the public.

March 7, 7:00 pm, Corinthian Yacht Club
The most common trait I have found in all successful people is that they have conquered the temptation to give up.

– Peter Lowe
Sailing Yacht Research Foundation

On January 29 we were thrilled to meet with Stan Honey and McKenzie Wilson of the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation. It's too early to comment much about this connection, other than to say we think there are terrific opportunities for synergy between our organizations. I'm sure you'll hear more about this soon.
Volunteer Program Planning

On January 20 we met to start planning events for our Volunteer Program. We defined a program consisting of alternating months in which we learn, provide service or simply socialize, interleaved with months in which we go sailing! We value our volunteers and want to make sure we provide value to them in return for their service.

In February we are going to the California Academy of Sciences to learn about their volunteer program and to help us organize what we do. We are designing onboarding systems to ensure good volunteer/project fit, and management systems to keep efforts on track.
Needed: Boats and Captains

As mentioned in the facing item, we are planning to have sailing events for volunteers every two months. We currently have three or four sources for boats to do this, but would like to increase the size of that list.

If you have a boat and would like to take SSC volunteers out for a sail one or two days per year, let us know. You don't need a commercial license since these are not passengers for hire. All of our volunteers are good looking, friendly and well behaved, so you're sure to have a good time! (-;

Contact Jim at 510.390.5727 for details.
Leadership Corner

We're adding a feature called the Leadership Corner. This will be a semi-regular addition to discuss broad and narrow project goals, share insights into our principles, and provide updates about our team. In this issue our President shares his view of The Big Picture. This is done as a Blog Post. The link below will take you to the post.

New Volunteers - We want to extend a hearty welcome to the enthusiastic new folks who added their names to the Volunteer List in January. These include Vijay Kesavan , John Bechtol , Kimo Bailey , Shelly Willard , Steve Anderes and Richard Waltonsmith. Expect to hear more about, and from, these volunteers in the coming months. They each bring their own unique and valuable skills to what we are doing. Welcome everybody! (-:
Volunteers Needed – We continue to seek volunteers in all areas of expertise. Specific areas of interest at this time are in marketing, fundraising, web development and accounting. Please reply to this email if you or someone you know is interested in volunteering.
That's all for this month.


Jim Hancock
President and Founder





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