Have you ever worried about how
your kids are going to turn out?

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 We show learners how to engage with the world in meaningful ways aboard our sailing ship.

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If people thrive, the world will thrive.


who WE serve

High school students, gap-time students, college students, lifelong learners.

College curriculum taught in an experiential framework aboard a world-voyaging sailing ship

Community Partners:

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“By combining the excitement of the sea and the tools for education, the FUEL Program will catapult those who experience it into personal growth.”

— John Keene
Director, FUEL; father on Martha's Vineyard


“All of our research shows there is nothing more important to change people’s lives than to introduce them to high adventure experiential activities.”

— Dr. Dan Garvey
Advisor, FUEL; President Emeritus, Prescott College

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“Investing in the FUEL Program is investing in our future and the future of any person who will be lucky enough to take part in the program.”

— Nisa Webster
 Mate 2000 – 03, The Black Dog Tall Ships; Mother on Martha's Vineyard



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The Challenge

Our young adults are struggling. Depression, anxiety disorders, self-harm, and suicide are all on the rise for teens in the United States. On the Cape and Islands, the rates for depression and substance abuse are higher than national averages, and rates for young adults are even higher. How do we change these patterns so young people will lead lives that are healthy and productive? One answer is in our past.

Historically young people from the Cape and Islands went to sea to learn, develop, and grow. Now American teenagers are averaging 8 hours and 56 minutes of digital media use per day, not including time spent at school or doing homework. The FUEL Program offers to replace mindless media and substance abuse with personal development and growth.

With your support we are building a historical sailing ship that will provide learners adventure and challenge so they may grow. This ship will help young people transition to adulthood the same way great ships from the Cape and Islands once did.

We know that, for many, it is hard to find inspiration from sitting still and being lectured to. That is why we take learners outside the traditional classroom and give them an unforgettable and life-changing adventure. After navigating across oceans on a world-voyaging sailing ship, their education will start working for them. They will gain the ability to problem solve and think for themselves, and the confidence and enthusiasm to live a meaningful life.

Learners will earn college credit while developing socially, mentally, and physically aboard. They will expand their horizons beyond the home, develop leadership skills to bring back to their communities, and discover their potential in a dynamic and challenging environment. They will be shown how to engage with life in meaningful ways and, by doing so, make a positive impact on our world.

By investing in our comprehensive campaign, you are helping create a better world through better people. 


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Ports of call



Nice, St. Tropez, Cannes, Corsica, Villefranche


Civitavecchia, Porto Venere, Rome, Elba, Sardinia


Minorca, Mallorca, Cartagena, Grenada, Gibraltar


Essaouira, Casablanca, Safi, Agadir


Canary Islands (Fuertaventura, Las Palmas), Cape Verde Islands


St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Martinique, Dominica, Nevis and Antigua, St. Maarten


The Route


Students join the ship in early September in Nice, France. Using the last warm weeks of the northern summer, we wind through French, Italian, and Spanish Mediterranean coastal towns. With frequent stops in ports along the way students are able to acclimate with the ship. After passing through Gibraltar, we sail down the Morocco coast then to the Canary Islands and the Cape Verdes. The biggest leg of the voyage is the 2,200 nautical mile crossing of the Atlantic from the Cape Verdes to the West Indies.

The students will learn, while experiencing first-hand, relevant subject matter. For example, what creates the trade winds which are driving our sailing ship? And, how have they impacted human history? The final weeks of the voyage will be spent exploring the delightful tropical islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean before the students fly home from St. Maarten.



Have a question? Email FUEL's president