Coast Guard Station Yankeetown launches Gulf Coast Mini Boat Challenge

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, Florida, and eighth-grade students from Dunnellon (Fla.) Christian Academy pose for a photo with an unmanned sailboat to celebrate the first Gulf Coast Mini Boat Challenge, in Yankeetown, Fla., Feb. 19, 2016. The students built the sailboat, equipped with GPS, in hopes to learn more about weather patterns on the water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson)

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, Florida, and eighth-grade students from Dunnellon Christian Academy pose for a photo with an unmanned sailboat to celebrate the first Gulf Coast Mini Boat Challenge, in Yankeetown, Fla., Feb. 19, 2016 (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson)

Yankeetown, Florida – Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown traveled offshore to help launch a small unmanned sailboat, which assisted 8th grade students from Dunellon Christian Academy.

Students constructed the sailboat and equipped it with a GPS tracker, hand-written letters and a baseball, with the hopes of watching the sailboat travel the world in an effort to learn more about weather patterns on the ocean.

“This was a great way for us to reach out to our local community,” said Chief Petty Officer Robert Whitmore, officer-in-charge of Station Yankeetown. “We are always excited to take advantage of any boating education opportunity.”

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