The Floating Classroom Has Landed on the Cape!

On July 19th, the Floating Classroom Research Vessel finally arrived on Cape Cod! The Friends of Pleasant Bay is busy outfitting the boat for use and the marina has now has installed engines, hydraulic steering, the solar panels, the lab table, and is waiting final fittings and testing.  It will have to undergo a float test and stress test over the next 10 days. Once it passes, the vessel will receive its final Coast Guard certificate and be ready for shakedown trips. We can’t wait to start offering science and research opportunities!
Photos by Bill Hayes and Sarah Griscom. 


Our signature First Sail program has wrapped up its fourth year. Often called the “best field trip ever”, more than 300 local kids from the Monomoy and Nauset School Districts participated in the exciting introduction to sailing on Pleasant Bay. For many, it truly was their “first sail”! 
These students had the opportunity to engage with the marine environment of Pleasant Bay and experience the thrill of sailing. We hope many of these first sailors return to our campus during the season and eventually become PBCB members, instructors, and of course, stewards of the Bay. Thanks to the Friends of Pleasant Bay for their generous grant that makes this program possible.


You’re Invited! 2018 Season Opener!

PBCB’s Season Opener
Open House
Sunday, June 10.  1:00 – 4:00 pm.
“Sunday on the Bay” Open House and Barbecue!
Please come to our beautiful Pleasant Bay campus for an afternoon of fun. Take in the spectacular view and tour the campus. Meet our program directors, staff, instructors and board members, and learn about our summer 2018 programs. You can sign up for a membership and register for programs and classes. Enjoy our activities and learn more about us. Or just come for an afternoon on the Bay. All are welcome.
Free of charge.
Our Annual Meeting and ribbon-cutting at Hillside Center — our new program, meeting and administrative building — will immediately follow the Open House.

Summer Speaker Series: “How Can We Protect Our Whales?”

Friday, June 29. 4:30-6:00 pm

Patrick Ramage, Director of Marine Conservation, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
Please register for this workshop by June 22 in your member account.  No charge.
All are welcome. Space is limited.
Whales are some of the most majestic animals of the oceans, but many are facing extinction and are struggling to survive. What is being done globally, nationally, and locally to help slow the loss of whales?  IFAW’s Whale Program Director Patrick Ramage leads efforts to protect our planet’s great whales from commercial whaling and the many other threats they face worldwide.  He will be talking about his successes and many challenges.
Patrick’s whale program team supports IFAW projects as diverse as Humpback Whale research in Zanzibar, a “Floating Classroom” educational project in Dominica, West Indies, and world-class whale research conducted by IFAW’s state-of-the-art sailing vessel Song of the Whale. His whale team is also working to improve understanding and protection of whales locally within the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off Cape Cod, an important feeding ground for many marine mammals including the critically endangered Right Whale.

Three Fabulous Prizes to Choose From! Our “100 for 100” Raffle!  

Our Gala and Auction will feature a fun, unique raffle with your choice of three prizes.
Have a child or grandchild who may want to learn to sail? Win a Brand New Club Optimist Sailboat — fully rigged and ready to launch — including a dolly for transport! Perfect for learning to sail and navigating Cape Cod waters!

One of a kind Hand-Carved, Wooden “Preening Sandpiper” Bird by Chatham resident and master bird carver, Fred Bennett. This is a perfect decorative addition (and collectible item) for any Cape Cod home. To read all about Fred’s work and see photos of other carvings, click here.

Like to golf?  Take a chance to win a Round of Golf for FOUR People at the prestigious Cape Cod National Golf Club! Have a great day on the course with three of your friends!
To read more about these prizes, and buy a raffle ticket, click here.