Sarah McClutchy ’08: Teaming Up for Atlantic Cup Kids Day

Fellow Lehigh alumna Kristen Silfies ’08 (right) and I planned a special field trip for high school students to attend the Atlantic Cup Kids Day in Brooklyn, NY.

BROOKLYN, NY // June 3rd, 2016 — In June, the Atlantic Cup — the longest offshore sailing race in the western Atlantic Ocean and the USA’s most sustainable sailing event — arrived in New York, and I had the opportunity to direct social media for the three-week event. The race, comprised of three separate legs spanning the east coast, kicked off in Charleston, South Carolina on May 28th, made a stopover in Brooklyn, NY during the first week of June, and culminated in Portland, Maine with an inshore racing series in Casco Bay on June 10th and 11th.

While I was primarily focused on managing the race’s social media accounts and promoting action happening on water and on land, I immediately thought of a fellow alumna and friend Kristen Silfies ’08, when it came time to plan Atlantic Cup Kids Day at the Brooklyn stopover. Kristen, a 11th grade math teacher at the Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce, and I discussed the idea of bringing her students to Pier 5 in Brooklyn to learn about sailing, science and math, and coordinated a curriculum for the day.  

On Friday June 3rd, Kristen’s students had the opportunity to meet with former Atlantic Cup champion Captain Dave Rearick and professional sailors from around the world while learning about how geometry and trigonometry concepts are applied to sailing and navigation. Students also learned about various marine industries and the many issues affecting ocean health and marine environments.

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SARAH MCCLUTCHY, Class of 2008

I am a 2008 graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences. After working in marketing and advertising in New York City for six years following graduation, I moved to Newport, RI in 2014 and started my own freelance marketing & consulting business, Wind & Wake Media.

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