NEWPORT BEACH, CA – The 1812 Privateer Lynx is now operating from the Scout Sea Base under the auspices of the Defense of Freedom Foundation, a newly formed educational organization dedicated to the teaching of traditional American values through seamanship and maritime history. Being associated with the Boy Scouts of America, the Scout Sea Base is a natural host for Lynx, a 78-foot square topsail schooner that is an interpretation of an actual privateer that first defended American freedom during the War of 1812. Chartered by the United States Congress in 1910 as an educational institution, the Boy Scouts of America exists on the ideals of citizenship, teamwork and pride in the Star-Spangled Banner.
“An experience aboard Lynx brings these concepts to life,” says Woodson K. Woods, executive director of Woods Maritime, owner and operator of Lynx, and president of the Defense of Freedom Foundation.
“With a shared focus on youth education and value-driven programs, it makes for an obvious match,” adds Catherine Malm, executive director of the Scout Sea Base, “Lynx provides a unique, enriching and highly motivating learning experience. Lynx is such a beautiful schooner and will inspire all who sail on her. Everyone is very excited.”
Echoing these sentiments is David Janes, secretary-treasurer of the foundation and a member of the Scout Sea Base executive committee: “The Lynx curriculum gives students an opportunity to learn first-hand, not only what freedom means in American history, but also what it means for us today. Lynx inspires in young people an on-going interest in the history and life of their country.”
Alison M. Woods, director of education of the Lynx program, says, “This terrific contribution to the educational community supports the Scout Sea Base mission to serve the youth of Greater Orange County.” We couldn’t be happier with this exceptional opportunity to serve not only the youth of Greater Orange County, but also every resident of Southern California.”
The Scout Sea Base is undergoing an extensive renovation for the expressed purpose of enhancing program offerings to the community, specifically for co-ed programs for school-aged children. Lynx will be a centerpiece for these efforts as well as for educational programs involving corporations and businesses to improve management and relationship skills.
Lynx was launched in Rockport, Maine in July 2001 and operated along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and in the Caribbean. Last March, she sailed through the Panama Canal and up the Mexican Coast to Newport Beach where she was the highlight of a seven-week Defense of Freedom program at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. In July, Lynx began its Sea Education Program with high school students on a voyage to Hawaii. After a three-week cruise of the Hawaiian Islands, Lynx sailed to San Francisco to participate in the ASTA Challenge Series and exhibition there and in Los Angeles. Lynx was the centerpiece of the Tall Ships September 11th Tribute off Corona Del Mar and then participated in the Festival of Sail in San Diego and Dana Point before returning to Newport Beach. Logging more than 13,000 miles to date, she operates out of the Scout Sea Base for the 2002-3 school year before she again conducts educational cruises to Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
The Boy Scouts of America – Orange County Council – Sea Base is located at 1931 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach. The Defense of Freedom Foundation will operate from the Scout Sea Base offices.