Circe Foundation
 
The CIRCE Foundation was created in 1984 following Circe's restoration.  All that stood between Circe and a new Sea Scout program in Bellevue Parks and Recreation Department to sponsor an Explorer Sea Scout Post was an eastside berth.  But no moorage was available on the eastside that would accommadate Circe's 62' length and 10' depth requirement.

The CIRCE Foundation preserves this classic ocean racer, making it available for youth sailing instruction and as a training vessel for ROTC Naval midshipmen attending the University of Washington, Naval Sea Cadets and Sea Scouts.

 

CIRCE is partially supported by day sailing experiences on Lake Washington where CIRCE began her long racing legacy in 1933 as the ‘scratch boat’ for the Seattle Yacht Club.

 

Following Circe’s restoration, she regained her status with the Seattle Yacht Club in the 1990’s not as the ‘scratch’ racing yacht of the 1930’s, but as a training experience for ROTC Naval midshipmen attending the University of Washington.

 

For more than 10 years, Circe served as the sail training vessel as required for ROTC Naval midshipmen. Stan Keck (U.S. Navy Academy Graduate) brought instructors from the Naval Academy to train SYC volunteers who could provide ROTC candidates their required instruction for certification – without waiver. UW ROTC graduates did not require a ‘waiver’ following their training experience on Circe as the Navy’s only ROTC commissioned officers with actual B16 Boat sailing experience.

 

In the mid 2000’s two additional training vessels were secured from the Naval Academy to join Circe in sailing certification for aspiring Navy Ensigns.

 

Circe continues her service to the Navy for orientation and training for Naval Sea Cadets and Sea Scouts.