CenterCal Helps Bring Official Tall Ships of Los Angeles to Redondo

CenterCal Helps Bring Official Tall Ships of Los Angeles to Redondo Beach
“King Harbor Boating Foundation partners with Los Angeles Maritime Institute
for STEM Waterfront Education”
REDONDO BEACH, CA – January 28th, 2015 – King Harbor Boating Foundation’s Waterfront
Education (WE) is an engaging and interactive form of education which fosters discovery learning
utilizing local waters as nature’s classroom. Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s TopSail Youth Program
uses hands-on experiences at sea to provide an array of social, education and leadership development
opportunities to middle school and high school students throughout the greater Los Angeles area
aboard the tall ships, Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson.
Together, the two non-profit organizations have formed a collaborative pilot program titled “STEM
TopSail” that will use adventure-based learning to promote team building, problem solving, and
leadership. (STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.) The
navigation curriculum leverages STEM by teaching mathematics through nautical charting and
additional skills necessary to sail a tall ship. Mastery of these skills will create a solid sailing foundation
that will last a lifetime.
“We are extremely excited to bring our 23 years of experience working with youth to the South Bay in
this collaboration with King Harbor Boating Foundation,” said Bruce Heyman, Executive Director of Los
Angeles Maritime Institute. “It’s a complementary blend of existing programming that will allow more
students and educators to benefit from a proven educational model.”
The joint-programs will be King Harbor based and include curriculum specifically designed to educate
about the local Redondo Beach waters and ecosystems. For the pilot program, there will be two
different options: a Homeschool Program and Educator Classroom Program. The Homeschool
Program is designed for middle schoolers with monthly classes aboard a tall ship that build upon each
other and culminate with an overnight excursion to Catalina Island.
“Our Waterfront Education team is thrilled to introduce our homeschool partners to an educational
adventure series aboard the tall ships,” said Julie Coll, Executive Director of King Harbor Boating
Foundation. “Home-based education provides an opportunity to explore alternative teaching
environments that engage students in active learning in a natural setting.”
The Educator Classroom Program will combine classroom education with at-sea learning activities,
supporting the intentions of the Next Generation Science Standards. The customized educational
experiences are designed to provide a teaching extension tool for educators allowing them to expose
their students to learning in a natural environment, on the ocean aboard the tall ships. The program is
also receiving significant support this year from CenterCal Properties, the creators of the proposed
Waterfront pier revitalization project in Redondo.
"I have always been amazed by the incredible educational atmosphere our local waterfront creates. As
a young boy, I had some of my most memorable learning experiences visiting the Redondo Beach Pier
with my father," said Fred Bruning, CEO of CenterCal. "Providing fun ways for children of all ages to
learn about the ocean is at the core of our vision for The Waterfront pier revitalization project. That's
why we are so proud to be supporting the King Harbor Boating Foundation and the Los Angeles
Maritime Institute's TopSail Program in making this educational initiative a reality."
Since its founding in 1992, the Los Angeles Maritime Institute's "TopSail Youth Program" has provided
disadvantaged youth with an extraordinary “hands on” learning environment aboard a traditional tall
ship, where young crews must do “real work” that is physically, mentally and emotionally challenging.
They raise the sails, set the course, work with wind and waves, and climb the rigging standing only on
footropes. The youth must pull together as a team to meet the actual, practical demands of the ship.
Through their adventures at sea, youth realize their own potential while demonstrating the benefits of
teamwork and cooperation.
The Waterfront Education team invites the public to attend the STEM TopSail Open House on
February 15th and February 16th . The community will be able to Tour the Tall Ship, Sample the
Tall Ship or Sail the Tall Ship. The tall ship tour is free. There is a one hour discovery excursion
($10 kids, $20 adults) and two hour extended adventure where you can become part of the crew
and help sail the tall ship ($20 kids, $40 adults). Space is limited on the sail excursions so
reservations are recommended.
For further information about the Waterfront Education STEM TopSail Program, visit King Harbor
Boating Foundation at or Los Angeles Maritime Institute at
Media Contacts:
Julie Coll, King Harbor Boating Foundation
[email protected]
Direct 818.268.4740
Joleen Deatherage, Los Angeles Maritime Institute
[email protected]
Direct 310.422.4146
About King Harbor Boating Foundation
Founded in December 2012, King Harbor Boating Foundation aims to promote safe, clean and
responsible boating activities, and to foster public interest through community outreach. We
endeavor to educate about boating activities and stewardship of our marine environment. We strive
to partner with local organizations that support our mission. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization whose work is primarily funded by corporate sponsors, grants and individual
About Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI)
Founded in 1992, the Los Angeles Maritime Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves to
empower youth to discover their greater potential through extraordinary at-sea experiences. Located on
the Los Angeles Waterfront in San Pedro, CA, the TopSail Youth Program takes place aboard the tall
ships, Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson – the Official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the City
of Los Angeles. These magnificent vessels serve as outdoor classrooms for hands-on characterbuilding, educational, sail training adventures for youth. Since its inception, the organization has served
more than 55,000 youth throughout Los Angeles County.