Sailing Science Center News
January 2019
Vol. 2, No. 5
Happy New Year 2019
Welcome to the January issue of the Sailing Science Center News. Considering that we just went through the holiday season there's been a tremendous amount happening on the project. Read on to see the details!

Why FIT IN when you were BORN TO STAND OUT!

– Dr. Seuss
Volunteer Spotlight - George DeVore
George DeVore is one of our newer volunteers on the SSC project. He has broken the pattern of volunteers who have come through the sailing program at the Treasure Island Sailing Center, instead learning about the project from the write-up that was published in ‘Lectronic Latitude after our November Stakeholders Gathering. Both from his credentials, and the experience we’ve had with George so far, it looks like he is going to be a huge asset to the project.

George grew up as an Air Force brat with one younger brother, living in Colorado, California, Spain, New York, Kansas, and Arizona. Following in the military footsteps of his father, he earned a B.S. in Naval Operations Analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and then served for 6 years as a Shipboard Surface Warfare Officer on destroyers, including the Vietnam War.

George learned to sail in 24-foot sloops during his first week as an incoming freshman at Annapolis. He bought his first boat, a Newport 30, while raising his daughter in the Bay Area, and has been race crew on a sistership for the past 28 years. For the past six years he has owned a Norseman 400 sloop that he keeps in Sausalito, doing Bay and coastal cruises as far south as the Channel Islands.

Professionally, George worked for over 33 years as a Project Manager at Chevron, including tankship operations, information technology, supply, distribution, trading, logistics, credit card marketing, product refining, and crude oil development and production on six continents. It is in this area that George is making huge contributions to the SSC project by helping us to build out our project plan.

In his words, George says:

SSC offers me the perfect opportunity to apply project management experience, sailing and science skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm to the creation of a worthy community asset that will continue introducing people to sailing and STEAM* opportunities long after we are gone. It is a perfect fit for the sailing heritage and culture of the Bay Area!

*STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap
but rather by the seed that you sow.

– Robert Louis Stevenson
FAST - On December 13 we met with Bill Kreysler, President of the St. Francis Sailing Foundation and proponent of the Facility for Advanced Sailing and Technology, or FAST. The intention of FAST is to develop sailors from beginner level through Olympic caliber via partnership with the Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC) and US Sailing. This is happening on Treasure Island, immediately adjacent to Hangar 3, the sought-after home of the Sailing Science Center.

Our visit with Bill launched an early conversation to extend the vision of that partnership to include the Sailing Science Center, with an overarching view to transform the southeast corner of Treasure Island into a world hub/destination of sailing knowledge, development and education. We're very excited about the possibilities of this partnership as we feel it is something that could contribute greatly to the success of the SSC project.
Bay Model/Matthew Turner
On December 19 we visited with Chris Gallagher, Park Manager at the Bay Model. Chris is also a Director of the educational nonprofit, Call of the Sea, and she was kind enough to arrange a tour for us of the Matthew Turner, a 132 foot long tall ship being built by their organization through volunteer effort. When completed, the ship will be used for youth sail training and STEM education. Hmmm... not unlike what we're up to at SSC.

Chris was good enough to also invite fellow Call of the Sea Director and Secretary, Steve Woodside, and Project Leader and Visionary, Alan Olson. The building of Matthew Turner is a very exciting project, from which we can learn a tremendous amount. We are looking forward to learning more about both organizations (Bay Model and Call of the Sea), and to having partnering/co-marketing discussions with them in the future. Thank you, Chris, for setting this up!
Chris Gallagher
Steve Woodside
Alan Olson
Group Delphi
On December 20 we visited Group Delphi and met with CEO & Founder, Justin Hersh, and Lead Fabricator, Brian Linke. Group Delphi is a national company specializing in design and construction of museum exhibits and will likely be an important vendor as we ramp up on the 200-300 exhibits we expect to have for the permanent museum.

The company is located in our backyard, in a former airplane hangar, right here in Alameda. Who knew!? We were thoroughly impressed by both the scope of what they were doing and the quality of output we saw coming from their plant. Does it hurt that both Justin and Brian are sailors and boat owners? Probably not...
Justin Hersh
CEO & Founder
Group Delphi - Exterior
Group Delphi
A Humble Exterior - Don't be Fooled
Group Delphi - Interior
Group Delphi
Major Fabrication Space
Brian Linke - Lead Fabricator
Brian Linke
Lead Fabricator
God never gives you a dream that matches your budget.
He's not checking your bank account, he's checking your faith.

– Jimmy Larche
In the News
The January issue of Latitude 38 hit the newsstands on December 28 with the Sailing Science Center as the subject of their monthly technical column called Max Ebb. It was a not-so-indirect plug for our January 16 presentation at the St. Francis Yacht Club, but we're not complaining. Outreach and PR is one of our major thrusts at this time because we believe that strong public support will be essential to securing the lease for Hangar 3, our preferred location for the museum.

The article is on page 78 for those who are interested. You can download a PDF version of the magazine if you don't have access to a paper copy.
Wednesday Yachting Luncheon

We have been graciously invited to speak at the St. Francis Yacht Club on Wednesday, January 16. This event is open to the public. Put the date on your calendar if you're interested in coming to the talk and learning more about the project. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis and there is no fee for the talk. Lunch costs $18 + tax and gratuity.

We are working hard to have a couple sample exhibits ready to show at this event. Click here to learn more about the Wednesday Luncheon Series at the St. Francis Yacht Club. You can download a PDF schedule of the January luncheon topics, including this one, here.
February Volunteer Gathering
Morgan Davidson, our new Volunteer Coordinator, is working to arrange a special visit to the Bay Area Discovery Museum in early February. At this point the date has not been confirmed. An invitation will be sent to active volunteers once we have a firm date.
New Volunteers - We want to extend a hearty welcome to the enthusiastic new folks who added their names to the Volunteer List in December. These include John Hoyt, Ryan Heffernan and Victoria Marcus. 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. Oh, and do I need to say this... they're all sailors. (-:
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





*STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math

James Hancock * Travis Lund * Jeff Owens * Ken Done * Lindsay Hartman * Dominique Roddier * Meagan Strout
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