Focus Session: Rethinking the Three Hour Daysail


Since the launch of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater 40 years ago, the three hour day sail with its station based environmental education model has been the foundation for a variety of programs across the country.  Join a panel of educators, and captains from several organizations that offer day sail programming for case studies and discussion of the development of this format and the where it can go in the future. 

Biography of Speaker:

Margaret Flanagan

Margaret Flanagan serves as South Street Seaport Museum’s Director of Marine Education, leading the development and delivery of programs for mainstream and special needs students both ashore and on-the-water, while expanding partnerships with schools, social service organizations, and funders.  With earlier experience as a classroom teacher, Ms. Flanagan artfully blends academics with sailing on the Museum’s historic schooners, Pioneer and Lettie G. Howard.  She has been invited to education grant review boards by NOAA and the EPA, and was a committee member for the National Marine Educators Conference in New York.  In 2007, Ms. Flanagan was selected as a NOAA Teacher at Sea to research in the North West Hawaiian Islands aboard Oscar Elton Sette, and create associated educational outreach materials in support of ocean literacy.  She believes just as ocean waters circulate to touch every part of the globe, understanding the maritime world leads to better understanding of the natural, cultural, and political communities we share.

Justin Cathcart -Captain, Soundwaters

Captain Justin Cathcart has been senior captain of the schooner SoundWaters since 2005. Over the past five years as captain, Justin has led crews through hunders of three hour Floating Classroom programs, three day team building programs and week long summer camps. Earlier in this career, Captain Cathcart has also participated in the educational aspects of  ‘three hour tours’ on vessels such as Lady Washington, Providence, Californian, and Lynx. Justin has also particpated on semester long programs with Ocean Classroom, Californian and Irving Johnson.


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