Platte Canyon High School Yacht Club Competing in the Seventy48

17 Jan 2019 14:24 #1 by boera
A GOOD NEWS story about the PCHS Yacht Club will be aired on the 6pm 9 News show tonight. Really awesome local project!

The high school kids are building a boat to compete in the Seventy48 boat race in WA this May. No high school team has ever competed in this respected race.

(This was partially funded with Turkey Trot money btw!)

GoFundMe - PCHS Yacht Club to Seventy48


Our Platte Canyon High School student-run “Yacht Club” is building one 40-foot trimaran canoe in our STEM lab. The students are building this boat as a student-led team with guidance from two teachers, Mr. Steve Hanford and Mr. Kip Otteson.

Like many high schools, Platte Canyon has unfortunately eliminated our wood-shop program. This remarkable project is serving the purpose of reestablishing wood-shop and teaching our students real-world skills to build upon including: discipline, teamwork, and commitment.

The PCHS Yacht Club will travel from Bailey, Colorado to Tacoma, Washington with our project for the Seventy48 Race. It is our goal to show our rural, mountain kids a much larger world. Every student participating will be traveling to the Pacific Northwest for the first time, and each of these students has a very limited experience with boats.

In order to accomplish this feat, we will need apparel, supplies, and tools that neither the chaperones nor the students currently have. It is because of these needs that we ask for donations from the public. Click here for a list of items: www.gofundme.com/pchs-yacht-club-to-seventy48

Thank you for consideration in contributing to this once-in-a-lifetime project! Donors can stay up-to-date on the progress of the boats on our website at www.plattecanyonschools.org or by following us on Instagram @pchsyachtclub.


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18 Jan 2019 10:52 #2 by Mountain-News-Events
Video - 'It's kind of crazy': Platte Canyon High's yacht club will compete in a long distance boat race along the Pacific Coast
No high school team has ever done the SEVENTY48 (aka 70 miles over 48 hours), and no one from Colorado has ever registered for it.
Author: Jeremy Moore
Published: 6:59 PM MST January 17, 2019

BAILEY, Colo. — For spring break, the yacht club at Platte Canyon High School plans to spend a lot of time on the water.

It won't be on a yacht. It won't be in Colorado. And they're pretty sure it won't even be comfortable. But, they're betting it'll be memorable.

"This is the first year Platte Canyon High School's had a yacht club," special education teacher Kip Otteson said. "And this is the first event that we're attempting."


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03 May 2019 16:33 - 03 May 2019 16:35 #3 by CanyonCourier
Courtesy Nikki Batzer at BOERA: PCHS Yacht Club is gonna be on 9 News tonight! Not sure if it will be Next with Kyle Clark or what. They were filming at Chatfield today.

Oh, and here's the Facebook Page for the Seventy48 Race, where they've shared other photos from the team: www.facebook.com/SEVENTY48race

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03 May 2019 16:35 #4 by boera
We're so proud of these kids!

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31 May 2019 20:24 #5 by ScienceChic
The Platte Canyon High School Yacht Club has made it to Tacoma, Washington and should begin racing any minute now! Follow along at seventy48.com/follow-the-race/

So incredibly proud of what they've accomplished!

"Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” -King T'Challa, Black Panther

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01 Jun 2019 14:03 #6 by ScienceChic
Per Platte Canyon HS @PCSDPCHSHuskies 12min ago

Yacht Club finishes Seventy 48 in under 18 hours and with a top 25 finish!

Not bad for first-timers who live in a land-locked state at 8,000'! :coolwink: :2thumbsup:

Here they are at 99% done as showing on the race website just now:

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02 Jun 2019 20:02 #7 by ScienceChic
Photos posted by Jason Kunkel on our Facebook Page:

According to Seventy48, PCHS had the largest crew in the race!

Posted on @Seventy48's Facebook Page:
And more impressive finishes!
21 Where's My Hat?
22 TNT (Time and Tide)
23 PCHS Yacht Club
24 Wanderlost
25 Squid
26 Mostly Ballast @ Northwest Maritime Center

News coverage from before the race:
Colorado student team has boat in today’s Seventy48 race
by Jeannie McMacken
Friday, May 31, 2019
PORT TOWNSEND — Platte Canyon High School in rural Bailey, Colo., doesn’t have a wood shop program. The town is landlocked and doesn’t have a lake. But the school has a yacht club.

And now the club has a boat that will debut in the second annual Northwest Maritime Center’s Seventy48 (70 miles, 48 hours) human-powered-only race from Tacoma to Port Townsend which begins at 7 p.m. today.

In addition to the two teachers [special education teacher Kip Otteson and science teacher Steve Hanford], Team PCHS Yacht Club includes Bryce Kunkel, Melody Hanford, Kai Otteson, Jonathan Hannigan, Eleigha Hamari, Amy Bezzant, Lisa Bezzant, Sheri Bezzant, Samuel Hatz, Chris Long, Roslyn Beckfield, Sydney Mammoser, Tim Long, Josh Lee Rummelhart, David Czeiszperger and Gavin Geiger.

"Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” -King T'Challa, Black Panther

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13 Apr 2021 14:21 #8 by Mountain-News-Events
Platte Canyon Yacht Club is going to race in the Seventy48 again this year!

Kip Otteson and Steve Hanford, two teachers at Platte Canyon High School, created a "Yacht Club" to create opportunities for their students by making them the first school to ever win Seventy48, a 70 mile boat race from Port Townsend to Tacoma, Washington. The catch... Platte Canyon, is located in Bailey, Colorado and 1000 miles from the coastline. For many of the students paddling in the race, this will be the first time they have seen the ocean.

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