Students will explore the Chesapeake Bay while living aboard a 53-foot sailboat. They will study marine science, marine policy, the heritage of African Americans and Native Americans on the water, and learn how to sail the vessel. Twelve students will be selected for the program. Most of the students will have a background in science and be looking toward careers in some aspect of marine or environmental science or policy. Students majoring in history or a related field who have particular interest in this area may also apply. We will strive to have a diverse and balanced crew consisting of undergraduate and graduate students with broad interests that intersect around the issues addressed above. We also seek to have an ethnically diverse crew, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others. The project is designed to yield a challenging and rewarding experience for the participants. It is a working cruise with all crewmembers expected to pull their full load. It is not for the soft or pessimistic. It is for those who are looking for adventure, personal growth, hands-on learning experience, and the rewards of functioning as part of a team. We sail the entire length of the Chesapeake Bay , with visits scheduled at various laboratories, museums, cultural institutions, government agencies, and commercial fishery establishments. Along the way the crew will complete a scientific study of the Bay's water quality, with emphasis on oxygen depletion in bottom waters. We carry kayaks for exploring creeks and rivers.