Sound School Students Launch Boats They Built

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, April 8, 2011
 
 
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Christopher Hoffman
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SOUND SCHOOL LAUNCHES FOUR TRADITIONAL ROWBOATS BUILT BY STUDENTS, VESSELS TO BE USED BY SCHOOL
 
 
                 Sound School students today launched four dories they constructed, christening them with sparkling cider.
 
 
                 Students worked with teachers to design and build the traditional rowboats. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors all participated in the project.
 
 
                 The boats will become part of the Sound School’s fleet.
 
  
                 Dories were used in a variety of ways in America and Canada, including by fishing schooners that launched the boats on the Grand Banks to fish for cod, Sound School Principal Steven Pynn said. They were used also for inshore fishing, shellfishing, hunting and rescues, he said. They are usually rowed, but are easily adapted to sail, he said.
 
 
          “They are the ultimate design for carrying loads and handling rough water,” Pynn said. “They don’t capsize and move through the water well.
 
 
           “We will use them as an extremely safe boat to teach teamwork, leadership, rowing and navigation. They were the design of choice for rescue boats prior to power boats. They will easily provide duty for the next twenty years at Sound School.”
 
 
                      The Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center is an accredited inter-district, college preparatory, high school, one of the 19 vocational agriculture centers in Connecticut, and a part of The New Haven Public School System. Its approximately 330 students concentrate on the study of aquaculture and marine trades.