The schooner SoundWaters sailed into Mamaroneck Harbor as part of its organization's seasonal outreach to provide environmental education about the Long Island Sound.
"Our goal is to protect the Sound through education," said Justin Cathcart, the boat's captain of seven years.Every year, from April to November, the schooner sails to ports and harbors along the Long Island Sound, inviting students and adults to climb aboard for an educational outing on the water, learning about local organisms, water quality and commercial usage of the Sound.
Students (ages seven and up) and private parties can charter a four-hour outing for $1,250. Cathcart said the SoundWaters organization works closely with commercial businesses that use the Sound to raise funding for schools that cannot afford the cost.
"We never want to turn away a school due to lack of funding," he said.
The SoundWaters will be docked in Mamaroneck until Wednesday, before it sails back to its home port in Stamford, Conn., where the organization is headquartered.
The three-masted sharpie schooner was featured at the Mamaroneck Harbor Fest on Sunday, where visitors toured the deck and got to touch crabs, snails and starfish from the sound.
"Once people learn about the Sound and experience it," Cathcart said. "They're going to want to protect it."
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