Acadia Senior College


My America's Cup Experience

March 25, 2022

12:00 Noon

Online presentation

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Tom Duym will present the story of how students at Deer Isle-Stonington High School contributed to their community's unique history and the role it played in the America's Cup at the end of the 19th century. In 1895, and again in 1899, emissaries from the New York Yacht Club travelled to Deer Isle to recruit crews to sail in the America’s Cup. The Deer Isle crews were undefeated in their two defense campaigns. Given from the perspective of one of the teachers involved in the project, the talk will tell not only the story of how this small island community became famous for holding up the US dominance of worldwide yacht racing and technology, but also how the present-day students and teachers reconnected with the significance of that time in history and their own friends, relations, and community reputation today. 

Tom Duym is the Fisheries Education Specialist for Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF). His background in public vocational education spans 37 years at both the Community College and secondary school levels. His experience runs the gamut from boat building and repair to construction of fishing gear and skippering commercial fishing and passenger vessels. Tom has an AS from the former Commercial Fishing and Marine Technology Program at the University of Rhode Island and a BS in Secondary Science Education from the University of Maine. He taught in the Commercial Fisheries Program at Washington County Community College (WCCC), was Director of WCCC’s Eastport Marine Trade Center campus, and has taught Marine Trades programming at Deer Isle-Stonington High School. Tom was one of the founding visionaries behind the Eastern Maine Skippers Program at MCCF. A Maine native, Tom now resides in Lamoine, Maine

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My America's Cup Experience