Jul
9
to Jul 20

Summer Sea Camp, Session 1

SESSION 1 IS FULL, BUT THERE'S STILL SPACE IN SESSION 2

Sailing/Boat Building/ Watershed Stewardship

A hands-on, two week summer camp, based at the historic Spaulding Marine Center in Sausalito, where your child (ages 11-15) will safely have fun and meet friends while empirically learning big concepts and science via sailing on the Bay, building wooden watercraft, and watershed restoration. The camp will culminate with sailing our historic 48' sloop FREDA to Angel Island for a 3 day/2 night camp-out.

Sailing:

  • team work and traditional sailing
  • chart/ map reading and creation
  • meteorology via local wind patterns
  • astronomy via tide patterns
  • marine biology via fishing and exploration
  • maritime history of Coast Miwok, early Bay Area sailing and the Marin liberty ships

Wooden water craft (boats, skim boards, paddle boards) :

  • wood craft/ Tool use
  • mathematics/ geometry
  • design
  • maritime history

Watershed Stewardship:

  • Bothin Marsh restoration/ oyster bed creation
  • water quality monitoring
  • riparian native plant ID via stream restoration

$790 for entire session (2 weeks); $425 for one week (If you would like to sign up for just one week of a session, please contact Spaulding at info@spauldingcenter.org or 415-332-3179)

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Jul
30
to Aug 10

Summer Sea Camp, Session 2

Sailing/Boat Building/ Watershed Stewardship

A hands-on, two week summer camp, based at the historic Spaulding Marine Center in Sausalito, where your child (ages 11-15) will safely have fun and meet friends while empirically learning big concepts and science via sailing on the Bay, building wooden watercraft, and watershed restoration. The camp will culminate with sailing our historic 48' sloop FREDA to Angel Island for a 3 day/2 night camp-out.

Sailing:

  • team work and traditional sailing
  • chart/ map reading and creation
  • meteorology via local wind patterns
  • astronomy via tide patterns
  • marine biology via fishing and exploration
  • maritime history of Coast Miwok, early Bay Area sailing and the Marin liberty ships

Wooden water craft (boats, skim boards, paddle boards) :

  • wood craft/ Tool use
  • mathematics/ geometry
  • design
  • maritime history

Watershed Stewardship:

  • Bothin Marsh restoration/ oyster bed creation
  • water quality monitoring
  • riparian native plant ID via stream restoration

$790 for entire session (2 weeks); $425 for one week (IF you would like to sign up for just one week of the session, please contact Spaulding at info@spauldingcenter.org or 415-332-3179.)

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Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Life on the Dock: Richardson Bay marine biology under our floating docks

Sausalito resident Michael Konrad retired from a career as a biochemist and molecular biologist to focus on the marine life along the Richardson Bay shore. His book, "Life on the Dock", describes the animals and plants that grow on the edges of the floating docks that make up our boat harbors. The inhabitants on and around the docks represent a huge diversity of size and life style and we can learn a great deal of biology from our neighbors on the dock. A modest microscope, a few books, and access to the Internet enable the beginning biologist to acquire a basic understanding of the science of biology.

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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Splicing Workshop with Jim Linderman and Friends

In this one-day workshop you will learn the basics of rope work, knots, hitches, and splices. To ensure individualized instruction, this workshop is limited to 20 attendees.

No more buying pre-made dock lines! After this seminar you’ll be able to build your own dock lines with spliced loops and whipped ends. Likewise, you will learn to splice braided line, so that you can make your own halyards and running rigging.

The seminar will begin with an overview of line types and construction, then cover the basics of rope work and rigging, with a focus on practical, hands-on skills. Several salty sailors with be on hand so that smaller break-out groups can work on specific techniques.

Special tools are needed for basic rope work, and no sailor’s ditty bag should be without them: A sailor’s palm, sailmakers needles, waxed marline, a Swedish fid, and a good knife. If you own these items, please bring them. If not, these items will be available for purchase.

The Instructor: A long-time friend of the Spaulding Marine Center, Jim Linderman came of age in the Stone Boatyard, where his father & grandfather were longtime boatbuilders. Jim went on to earn his 3000-Ton Master’s license after sailing on various traditionally-rigged sailing vessels throughout the world. Jim rigged the Spaulding Marine Center’s 1885 gaff-rigged sloop, Freda, the oldest sailing yacht on the west coast. Jim continues to oversee, maintain, and upgrade Freda’s traditional rigging.

$50, lunch and coffee bar included.

Call 415.332.3179, e-mail info@spauldingcenter.org, or make your donation via the PayPal link below:

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May
20
5:00 PM17:00

Launch Party!

Please join us for the dry launch of the SV-14, a sailboat specially-designed for disabled sailors. Built entirely with volunteer labor over the last year and a half, Spaulding is very proud to introduce this unique vessel, one of just seven being built around the world. We'll have an open bar (beer and wine) for the entire event. Co-sponsored by Qorkz Wine, area winemakers will conduct tastings and pour their best. We'll have a silent auction, tasty treats, Spaulding boats and student projects on display, and as always, lots of salty atmosphere.

Only $60 per person for an entire afternoon of fun! All proceeds go to support The Center.

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May
10
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Ron Holland and Mary Crowley

Please join Renowned Naval Architect Ron Holland to hear about his new book "All The Oceans – Designing by the seat of my pants." Ron launched this book in New Zealand and went onward to Australia and Hong Kong and now he is in the San Francisco Bay Area to give a wonderful lecture and visit with friends. A portion of the author's royalties from the sales of All The Oceans will be contributed to Project Kaisei Ocean Clean Up, an initiative of Ocean Voyages Institute, a California Non-profit organization working on the cleanup of the global epidemic of plastics in our ocean.

This should be an amazing event and is being organized by Ocean Voyages Institute and Mary Crowley with great appreciation to the wonderful Spaulding Marine Center. Mary and Ron will also share an update about the current projects of the Institute, its debris satellite tracking program and ocean cleanup operations.

A simple dinner and refreshments will be served. Please bring $20 USD per person in cash or check to be collected at the door.

Please email: Mary@oceanvoyagesinstitute.org or call the Institute Office at +1.415.332.4681 to reserve the number of spaces you require.

RSVP by May 8th.

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Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Racing with Copepods: An evening with filmmaker Barbara McVeigh

The magic of a wooden boat - that’s the back story of Racing with Copepods. Film Producer Barbara McVeigh screens her short ocean documentary, filmed right here on San Francisco Bay, featuring Dr. Sylvia Earle and narrated by Kimball Livingston.

Dr. Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute, will join the post film conservation to share information about The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) and why it’s imperative to address ocean issues today.

Magic Bear will be at the docks to inspire all!

Barbara's great uncle Robert Keleher owned Bear Boat #65, named Magic. He inspired her to sail and to fall in love with the ocean, resulting in this film and other environmental projects. Bear boats were originally built right here in Sausalito by the Nunes Brothers, and Bear Boat #1, Merry Bear, lives at the Maritime Museum in San Francisco.

Charlie Siler, cohost of People’s Environmental News, will provide a few tunes on his guitar!

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Movie Night!: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Movie Night!: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

In this action filled adventure of MGM’s 1935 Academy Award winning production, Clark Gable stars as Fletcher Christian, first mate of the infamous HMS Bounty, skippered by Captain William Bligh (Charles Laughhten), the cruelest taskmaster on the Seven Seas.

During the journey back to England, Bligh's cruelties become more than Christian can bear and the crew stages a mutiny, with Christian in charge.

Bligh and a handful of officers loyal to him are set adrift in an open boat. Through sheer force of will, he guides the tiny vessel on a 49-day, 4000-mile journey to the Dutch East Indies, without losing a man.

Doors open at 6:00 pm

Screening at 7:00 pm

Seating Limited to 1st 100 Guests

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Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Marlinspike Seamanship 2

After our very popular session in December, we're holding this "master class" focusing on more advanced splicing. In this one-day seminar, limited to ten attendees, you will learn how to splice braided lines and other high tech materials, such as Spectra/Dyneema and 8-strand line.

For this class a set of Sampson fids and a pusher are needed. There will be several sets on loan for the class, but for splicing braided line you should have a set, available at any chandlery.

The Instructor: A long-time friend of the Spaulding Marine Center, Jim Linderman came of age in the Stone Boatyard, where his father & grandfather were longtime boatbuilders. Jim went on to earn his 3000-Ton Master’s license after sailing on various traditionally-rigged sailing vessels throughout the world. Jim rigged the Spaulding Marine Center’s 1885 gaff-rigged sloop, Freda, the oldest sailing yacht on the west coast. Jim continues to oversee, maintain, and upgrade Freda’s traditional rigging.

$50 course fee, lunch and coffee bar included.

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Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

Marine Electrical Seminar

In this one-day workshop you will learn how all the pieces of a boat's electrical system fit together. A blend of philosophy and technique, building and maintaining durable marine electrical systems requires the right parts and materials for the marine environment, and some basic knowledge about how to install and connect them.

The seminar will cover batteries, cabling, circuit protection, alternators and regulators, chargers, inverters, AC systems, and safety. With a focus on hands-on techniques, you learn five simple and inexpensive improvements you can make to your boat's electrical system today.

The Instructor: Circumnavigator Clark Beek is an ABYC-accredited marine electrician with a lifetime of experience in the marine industry. His family has owned and operated the historic Balboa Island Ferry for over 100 years, and he is now General Manager of the Spaulding Marine Center.

$50, includes morning coffee and lunch from Mollie Stone's

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Jan
20
9:00 AM09:00

Women and Woodworking

THIS CLASS IS FULL: If you are interested in a future Women and Woodworking class, please email info@spauldingcenter.org and we'll schedule another!

In this women-only class, you will learn shop safety, tool skills, measurement, design, construction, and finishing, then use your skills to make a cool floor lamp (or make a desk-sized version...it's your lamp).

During the class you’ll be using the professional workshop at the Spaulding Marine Center, but you’ll learn about relatively-inexpensive hand and power tools you can use at home.

Mélanie Lopez holds a Vocational Training Certificate in boatbuilding from the Poinso-Chapuis School in Marseille, and a Master of Industrial System Engineering from the University of Technology in Lille. She has been a marine carpenter and boatbuilder at the Spaulding Marine Center for one year.

$175 for this all-day class, limited to 8 students. All tools and materials are provided.

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Movie Night: Captains Courageous
Jan
12
6:00 PM18:00

Movie Night: Captains Courageous

“This wonderful, coming of age movie is based on a story by Rudyard Kipling. A Portuguese fisherman rescues a young boy from the sea after he falls from an ocean liner. A meaningful adventure follows with fantastic scenes of Gloucester fishing schooners racing to port.

The boy, Harvey, is the son of a railway tycoon and his privileged life and attitudes are quickly changed by his experiences on a fishing boat in the North Atlantic and his friendship with Manuel, the fisherman who takes him under his wing.

Learning the work ethic, hardships and superstitions of the Gloucester men, Harvey soon becomes part of the crew and the close friend of Manuel. The depth of their relationship grows into something that each cherishes deeply.”

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Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Right on the Edge: A presentation about the North Pacific Right Whale

Shawnecee Schneider, Bay Area resident and the crew of Deep Green Wilderness project on s/v Orion, will be returning from a 6-week voyage around Vancouver Island and up to Haida Gwaii in British Columbia. Shawnecee will present a slide show about their search for the North Pacific Right Whale, arguably the most endangered population of whales on the planet.

Shawnecee will also screen her last film project with Deep Green Wildneress, The Unknown Sea: A Voyage on the Salish. This film investigates the historical, political and ecological factors that went into the recognition of our newest inland sea. The film creates a sense of place highlighting some of the most iconic species and seascapes of the Salish Sea ecosystem. The Unknown Sea: A Voyage on the Salish explores the natural and cultural history of the area through interviews of people deeply connected with the Salish Sea.

Please help us welcome Shawnecee home!

https://www.theunknownsea.com/

http://www.deepgreenwilderness.com/

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Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

Behind The Bark: Saving Seals and Sea Lions in California

The Marine Mammal Center is the world’s largest marine mammal hospital and education facility, responsible for rescuing an average of 600-800 sick and injured seals and sea lions each year from over 600 miles of California coast. With over 40 years of experience, a community of over 1,200 trained volunteers, and donations from supporters, the Center has been able to give over 22,000 marine mammals a second chance at life. Join us to learn more about the marine mammals in our own backyard, the reasons they need your help and how you can help give them a second chance at life.

Adam Ratner is the Guest Experience Manager at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. He oversees the visitor and education operations at the hospital, including training and managing the 130 education volunteers, tours and classroom programming, and exhibits. Adam also leads up numerous sustainability initiatives and education programming including climate change, ocean trash, and sustainable seafood. Adam is a Community Climate Change Fellow with the National Association of Environmental Education, and is a leading member of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation and the Bay Area Climate Literacy Impact Collaborative.

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Nov
11
to Nov 18

Women and Woodworking

This women-only class was such a success that Mélanie is teaching another! You will learn shop safety, tool skills, measurement, design, construction, and finishing. These basic skills can then be taken out of the Spaulding workshop, giving you the personal satisfaction and savings of doing simple woodworking and carpentry projects yourself.

The coursework varies based on interests and experience, but with the holidays around the corner this session will focus on making wooden gifts such as a cutting board, puzzle, chess board, or your own creation. No prior experience necessary. Tools and materials are provided.

Mélanie Lopez holds a Vocational Training Certificate in boatbuilding from the Poinso-Chapuis School in Marseille, and a Master's in Industrial System Engineering from the University of Technology in Lille. She has been a marine carpenter and boatbuilder at the Spaulding Marine Center for one year.

$250 for two Saturdays, November 11th and 18th, 9AM to 4PM

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Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Watermaker Workshop with Kyle Stephan

Are you thinking about installing a watermaker aboard? What are the costs and considerations? How much water will you need? What options should you consider? DC-powered, AC-powered or engine driven? Manual operation or computer-controlled? Buy an off-the-shelf unit or build one yourself?

Kyle Stephan is now President of Spectra Watermakers, but began his career as a marine installer in Southern California. He knows all about watermakers, from hands-on installation experience to the latest cutting-edge technology.

This will be a hands-on workshop, with a working display and various pumps, membranes, and ancillary equipment, so you can get an intuitive feel for the inner workings of watermakers.

Attendees will walk away with a working knowledge of watermaker technology, capacities, power demands, and troubleshooting techniques.

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Sep
30
to Oct 7

Women and Woodworking

This very popular class is limited to six students and is now full, but we'll have another! If you are interested, please email info@spauldingcenter.org. We could schedule more Saturday classes, or if there is interest, evening or Sunday classes.

In this women-only class, you will learn shop safety, tool skills, measurement, design, construction, and finishing. Once you have these skills, they are yours for life, giving you the personal satisfaction and savings of completing simple woodworking and carpentry projects on your own. During the class you’ll be using the professional workshop at the Spaulding Marine Center, but you’ll learn about relatively-inexpensive hand and power tools you can use at home.

The coursework varies based on interests and experience. New students may build a toolbox, wooden mallet, paddle, or cutting board. No prior experience necessary. Tools and materials are provided. (For larger projects, students must supply the materials.)

Mélanie Lopez holds a Vocational Training Certificate in boatbuilding from the Poinso-Chapuis School in Marseille, and a Master of Industrial System Engineering from the University of Technology in Lille. She has been a marine carpenter and boatbuilder at the Spaulding Marine Center for one year.

$250 for two Saturdays, September 30th and October 7th, 9AM to 4PM

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Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

Collecting Evolution with Matthew James

Matthew James is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and Professor of Geology and Paleontology at Sonoma State University. His book, Collecting Evolution: The Galapagos Expedition that Vindicated Darwin, chronicles the 1905-1906 expedition from San Francisco to the Galapagos aboard the Academy, one of the most important in the history of both evolutionary and conservation science.

These scientists collected over 78,000 specimens during their time on the islands, validating the work of Charles Darwin and laying the groundwork for foundational evolution texts like Darwin's Finches. Despite its significance, almost nothing has been written on this voyage, lost amongst discussion of Darwin's trip on the Beagle and the writing of David Lack.

In the end, the voyage of the Academy proved to be crucial in the development of evolutionary science as we know it. It is the longest expedition in Galapagos history, and played a critical role in cementing Darwin's legacy.

This is sure to be a fascinating evening at The Spaulding Marine Center, as Matthew James discusses his book and the implications of the voyage.

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Sep
9
10:00 AM10:00

Gordie Nash's Fiberglass & Composites Workshop

We are pleased to bring back composite expert and boat builder, Gordie Nash to discuss the repair and modification of fiberglass boats and structures.

This workshop will cover the various types of cloth, core materials and resins used in the marine industry.

Gordie will focus on the practical application of composites, giving the boat owner or shipwright a better understanding of material choices and how to use them successfully.

There will be a “hands on” workshop in the afternoon portion of the program.

Coffee bar and lunch included

$50 Donation Requested

-Reservations Advised-

Call 415.332.3179, e-mail info@spauldingcenter.org, or make your donation via the PayPal link below:

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Aug
16
6:30 PM18:30

Food and Music at Sea in the 19th Century

Author/performer Simon Spalding will present a lecture-concert “Food and Music at Sea in the 19th Century” at the Spaulding Center in Sausalito, at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, August 16. Wine, beer, cheese, and water will be served, and there is a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Spalding’s book “Food at Sea: Shipboard Cuisine from Ancient to Modern Times” (Rowman & Littlefield 9781442227361) is the first to cover the history of food at sea from the Stone Age to the present. “Food at Sea” has received rave reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Sea History Magazine, and from readers. Mr. Spalding has been interviewed about the book by BBC World Service and Peter Greenberg-CBS, and he has presented lectures on his book at maritime museums in California, Virginia, and Maryland.

Mr. Spalding is a Bay Area native living on the East Coast. He has performed maritime music at museums and festivals throughout North America and Europe. He will perform August 19 at San Francisco’s Festival of the Sea. Like his book, Mr. Spalding’s program will be illustrated with songs and sing-along chanteys. Spalding accompanies himself on fiddle and Chinese erhu. Copies of his book and his music CDs will be available for purchase. The Spaulding Boat Center is at the foot of Gate 5 Road in Sausalito. For more information, call 415-332-3179 or e-mail clark@spauldingcenter.org. For more on Mr. Spalding, explore his website, www.musicalhistorian.com.

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Jul
29
to Aug 26

Saturday Boatbuilding and Tool Skills Program

This is a great class for parent/child combinations! (12 or older please).

9AM to 5PM Saturdays July 29th, August 5th, August 19th, and August 26th (Note that Saturday, August 12th is skipped.) PLUS a make-up class on September 2nd (or TBD) if you have to miss one of the other days: We know summer is a busy time.

The coursework varies based on interests and experience, but always stresses hands-on, practical boatbuilding and repair skills. Current projects include a ten foot lapstrake Lawton Tender and restoration work on the historic Bird Boat Mavis. New students may get up to speed by building a toolbox, wooden mallet, skateboard, paddle, or workbench (for larger projects, such as a workbench, students must supply the materials).

The Instructor: Bryce LeFort is a master boatbuilder, boatyard guru, and a graduate of the International Yacht Restoration School in Rhode Island. Bryce’s classes fill up fast!

No prior experience necessary. Tools and materials provided.

Use the PayPal link below to pay in advance and secure your spot. Have questions? - email info@spauldingcenter.org or call 415-332-3179 $450 for four 8-hour classes:

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