Sailor of the Week: Dec. 10 - 16
Adam Domanski, 26, has always been mesmerized by a sailor’s ability to be a natural story teller, and how their experiences lead to some of the most interesting, educational and inspirational tales ever heard.
“I’ve been inspired by every single sailor I’ve met,” said Adam. “I’ve caught myself wondering how to connect these people with a broader audience.”
On November 2, Adam and two other crewmembers set sail from Hampton, Va. on a 43-foot sailboat for a two-and-a-half year trip that will take them around the globe to countries including the Dominican Republic, China, Greece, Spain and Gambia. They will be traveling through May of 2012. Adam is the educational director for a non-profit group called, Eye of the World, who is organizing the journey. While on this trip, Adam will be communicating with students in several middle school classrooms in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia.
There a number of educational objectives Adam plans to implement. To name a few, students will compare and contrast the cost of goods and services at home and abroad; assist with on-board engineering problem solving; and identify wildlife at different locations the crew visits. Adam will be using an interactive website and live video conferencing to engage students throughout the crew’s adventure. Before they set sail, Adam and the crewmembers met with the participating students for an in-class exercise in which students helped chart the boat’s course. Students from Virginia gathered to wave goodbye to Domanski and his crew as they embarked on their lengthy mission.
“Our goal is to show the participating middle school students what the rest of the world is like by creating and maintaining a personal rapport with them,” explained Adam.
The Potomac, Md. native learned how to sail on a lake while vacationing in Northern Poland as a youngster. He sailed in a small “opti-looking” boat called a Cadet. Adam was a dinghy racer and president of the sailing club while attending the College of William and Mary. Interestingly, Adam was raised in a windsurfing family, and his father is still active in the sport. Today, Adam loves sailing dinghies in a large fleet. “Fighting for room at the mark or getting into a tacking duel is a rush that is hard to top,” Adam mentioned.
Learn more about Eye of the World and follow Adam’s journey through the crew’s blog at www.eyeotw.org.