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Sea|mester was born of three men's passion for the sea and their desire to share that passion with others.

As a young man, Jim Stoll developed a passion for sailing. He turned the usually quiet summer season at his family's marina into a thriving summer sailing school for teenagers.

In 1970, Jim expanded the concept, taking his school to the water full-time. Jim sailed the Atlantic waters aboard 156' Te Vega and 175' Te Quest, enrolling 86 teenagers every year in a high school program of study and travel. Twelve years later, with children of his own, Jim moved back ashore to develop motivational programs for young adults. In the mid-eighties he once again headed to the water.

In 1995, Jim was joined by Mike Meighan and Travis Yates. As a recent oceanography and marine biology graduate, Mike dreamed of creating a truly interactive educational experience. Using the principles of experiential education, Mike developed Sea|mester in 1998 and acquired the 88-foot school ship, S/Y Ocean Star, in 1999.

With the steady growth of Sea|mester came the need for an additional vessel. Summer 2006 saw the completion of S/Y Argo, Sea|mester's 112-foot school ship. Since her launch, she has circumnavigated the globe twice, offering hundreds of Sea|mester students the chance to cross oceans while furthering their educational and personal goals. Sea|mester plans to build additional vessels in the future, based on the model of Argo.

The Story So Far

The Story So Far VIEW

Program Design

Program Design VIEW

The Sea|mester Team

The Sea|mester Team VIEW

Our Vessels

Our Vessels VIEW

The Results

The Results VIEW