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Racing with Copepods documents the adventures of twelve middle school students as they learn how to sail in order to study plankton. Students learn what many adults would not commonly know and find that learning science requires seeing differently. Where does the most of the oxygen we breath come from? What is the fastest animal on earth? They learn that there is more acting upon their ability to sail than merely the currents, winds, and how well they can tie a knot.

Racing with Copepods features Her Deepness, National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Dr. Sylvia Earle, who challenges the students to become explorers and to observe their place in the universe in order to rewire their relationship to the ocean and the earth.

Narrated by Kimball Livingston, editor-at-large at SAIL and international sailor who blogs at blueplanettimes.com. Featuring Meghan Hartnett, Sailing Education Adventures Program Director, US Sailing Instructor, and Marine Biologist, Captain Richard Gillette, Executive Director of Spirit of the Sea and Ann Holmes Scientist Graduate Student Researcher, San Francisco State.

Racing with Copepods was filmed in The San Francisco Bay Area by Bazooka Mama Productions, directed and cowritten by Carlos Graña and produced and cowritten by Barbara McVeigh. A Sailing Education Adventures project funded by a grant from 11th Hour Racing, a program of the Schmidt Family Foundation, in partnership with the Romberg Tiburon Center and Derek M. Baylis.