Ride the Wave. Volvo Ocean Race Around the World!. Ride the Wave! Catherine Maloney Susan Bogart Cold Spring Harbor School District Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Ride the Wave!. What is the Volvo Ocean Race Around the World? Where can I find information about the Volvo Race?
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Volvo Ocean Race Around the World!
Cold Spring Harbor School District
Cold Spring Harbor, New York
Imagine putting your class aboard a high-tech, seventy-foot sailboat and spending the school year vicariously racing six other boats on a 32,000 nautical miles spin around the world, visiting nine fascinating ports of call along the way!
The Volvo Ocean Race, sponsored by the Swedish auto maker, allows your students to follow the race, via the internet (www.volvooceanrace.org), plotting positions and reading action-packed e-mails from the crews, describing the problems faced daily in some of the world’s wildest waters! The internet has made it possible for my students to learn so much about geography, navigation, survival skills and develop respect for the cultural differences around the world.
Working in pairs, students visit www.volvooceanrace.org daily to read up-to-date news coverage, record position data and plot their boat on map in their ship logs. Boat tracking is color coded on a master map on the bulletin board, so once the students plot their boat’s latitude-longitude, they can compare their boat’s position to the other racers.
During opening exercises, students share the news from their boats. Depending on which leg is involved, news could relate to dismastings, rudder problems, sighting of sea-life, flying fish landing on decks, iceberg ahead, slippery decks, rough seas, injuries or damaged sails.
Graham, Robin Lee, The Dove
Avi, True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Fox, Paula, Slave Dancer
Stevenson, R.L., Treasure Island
Paulsen, Gary, Voyage of the Frog
Different maps, different uses
History of sailing, exploration and trade
Newspapers, E-mails from skippers
“Life at the Extreme,” Volvo Ocean Race
Biographical sketches of crew at
Conversion from Celsius to Farenheit
Compass Rose, Degrees,Angles
Elapsed Time Calculations
Grids and Coordinates
Global weather patterns
Saving Long Island Sound
Seasons and the Hemispheres
FDA Food Pyramid
Nutrition at Sea
Risk vs. Accomplishment
In Crisis...Stop! Think! Action!
Classical Music...Debussy’s La Mer
Music defining Port of Call
Port of Call Power Points
Poems celebrating the sea
Music Appreciation Around the World
Computers with Internet Connection
Globes, Atlases, Nautical Charts
www.worldatlas.com Good for verifying accurate latitude/longitude for
ports of call.
Hand-out Booklet provides the following:
Legs and Dates
Keeping a Daily Log for one boat
Plotting Map of the World
Plotting Map for Leg 5 (Rio de Janeiro to Baltimore)
Plotting Map for Leg 7 New York to Portsmouth, England)
Logging Data Sheets
Summary sheet for review of E-mails and news
Port of Call PowerPoint Requirements
Around Alone 1998-1999
CMG=Compass Heading EDC=Estimated Distance Completed DTF= Distance to Finish
Pirates of Caribbean Data Sheet...February 22
Rio de Janeiro to Baltimore
Think of all the treasure hunts you can set up on the playground so your students can practice using their compass skills!
The compass is also a great tool for teaching angles.
5,000 Nautical Miles
Daily Duties Aboard!
Log on to www.volvooceanrace.org.
Record data on Daily Data Sheet
Plot your boat’s position on your Leg 5 map
Use your Daily Data Sheet to answer the following questions:
1. In what direction is your boat sailing?
2. How far is your boat from Rio de Janeiro?
3. How many nautical miles is the closest boat off your stern?
4. How far is your boat from the leader?
5. If your boat continues to sail at its present speed, on what date is your ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival)?
6. What is your range of wind speed from March 25 to April 1? What reasons can you give for the change in wind speed?
7. Review your log and create a T-Bar chart reflecting the relationship between the wind speed and the speed of your boat.
8.Round out the DTF for the fleet, to the nearest ten.
9. What was the average speed of the fleet for today?
10. Through what body of water will you be sailing as you approach Baltimore?
11. Any news from your boat? Check E-mails and news releases. Record news on
12. When your boat reaches Baltimore, create a headline and a lead paragraph summarizing
the highlights of the events aboard your boat for leg 5.
13. Using information from your Daily Data Sheet, create a bar graph showing the distances
covered by each boat by April 1.
Check E-mails and news on www.volvooceanrace.org daily and summarize highlights.
Family will travel to Baltimore and Annapolis to see the Volvo boats.
After spending a day touring the sites in Baltimore, families will tour colonial Annapolis, the Naval Academy and Annapolis Harbor. The highlight of the trip will be a walk across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, where they will watch the boats take off on Leg 6 to New York City.
New York City...Boats will be at South Street Seaport from May 8-11 preparing for Leg 7, New York to Portsmouth, England.
Sail aboard an 80-foot, three-masted schooner, into Long Island Sound, where students will get to hoist the sails, haul the fishing net, and learn about Long Island Sound’s ecology at the salt marsh and the water station.
They’ll sit silently for a while and listen to the waves slapping the hull, the sails snapping in the breeze, and they’ll hear the whistle of the wind through the halyards...great time to ” think poetry!”