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Since 1998, BaySail has been providing students with unforgettable environmental education experiences aboard our schooners, the Appledore IV & Appledore V. Over 44,000 students have come aboard the ships to take part in various education programs that enhance classroom lessons, introduce new ideas, and build the foundation for creating lifelong stewards of the Great Lakes.

With your help and the help of others like you, we’ve been fortunate to engage with so many young people from around the state of Michigan, the country, and even the world.

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Continued support from businesses, foundations, and individuals in and around our community means we can continue our mission of fostering lifelong environmental stewards of our invaluable Great Lakes.

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Summer Breeze

LOCATION CHANGE: Due to the foul weather predicted for Thursday, August 17, BaySail’s Summer Breeze concert will be hosted indoors in the ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel Bay City – Riverfront! Everything will proceed as scheduled at the new location including FREE dance lessons from 5p-7p, FREE concert at 7p, a silent auction and cash bar!


Detroit’s Rhythm Society Orchestra will take the stage on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the DoubleTree Hotel ballroom in Downtown Bay City during BaySail’s fourth annual concert fundraiser – Summer Breeze.

BaySail’s Summer Breeze concert is FREE to the community. We welcome everyone to join us for an evening of entertainment in Downtown Bay City. The cash bar opens at 5:00 p.m. and the Rhythm Society Orchestra concert starts at 7:00 p.m. Limited seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. No personal coolers or large bags are permitted.

VIP tickets are available and include a cash bar, dinner from the DoubleTree Hotel served at 6:30 p.m., and reserved concert seating. VIP tickets can be purchased online using the link below or by calling the BaySail office at (989) 895-5193.

Summer Breeze was introduced in 2014 as BaySail’s signature annual fundraising event. Proceeds from all the organization’s fundraising efforts support the delivery of its educational e-STEM programs aboard the schooners Appledore IV & Appledore V.


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Event Schedule

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Sponsor Reception – CANCELED
5:00 p.m. – Cash Bar Opens
6:30 p.m. – VIP Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Rhythm Society Orchestra
10:00 p.m. – Event Closes




Without your investment this truly unique event would not be possible. Multiple sponsorship opportunities are offered for businesses of any size. We appreciate all of our contributors and offer generous incentive packages at each sponsorship level.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Shipboard Educator Volunteer

As a shipboard educator, you will be responsible for leading students through the modules included in BaySail’s STEM-based environmental education programs. The skills required include an ability to learn basic scientific principles and an aptitude for interacting with and appropriately managing young people.

Staff and crew will train you in:

  • Proper “topside terminology” and vessel layout
  • Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay history
  • Use of scientific sampling equipment such as water sampling bottles, secchi disks, plankton nets, and bottom dredges
  • Water testing and use of our water testing kit
  • Identifying benthic macroinvertebrates and explaining their significance as indicator species
  • Identifying phytoplankton and zooplankton under a microscope and explaining their importance and roles in the food chain
  • Coaching the students in raising the sails

Sailing Crew Volunteer

As a volunteer crew member, your responsibilities will include all manner of shipboard duties from washing the deck and greeting passengers to handling lines, setting sails, and delivering educational programming. Most sailing opportunities will be during our 3-hour public sails and during our 3 ½-hour Science under Sail programs. Long-distance passage-making opportunities are also available to volunteers with advanced standing (volunteers that have participated in maintenance days are given priority).

Safety and seamanship training sessions are held periodically for volunteer candidates. Good health and a reasonable level of physical fitness are required.

Maintenance Volunteer

Maintenance volunteers are needed mainly in the spring when we are prepping the Appledore schooners for the new season and in the fall when we are winterizing the ships. Maintenance volunteers may also be called upon occasionally during the sailing season. Duties may include tasks such as painting, rigging, woodworking, and general repair work. We often have a need for individuals with specialized skills such as welding, plumbing, electrical, and carpentry. Maintenance volunteers are given priority for passage-making opportunities.



Just wanted to drop a line and let you know the ‘sail away’ on Sunday evening was delightful! We were on the Appledore IV and the crew was wonderful – it was a very pleasant evening! Thanks again.

C. Williams, 2016


Great learning experience as usual. All volunteers were outstanding and students loved them. They were also very knowledgeable.