Posted by Erin on December 4, 2013
Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport
…then tell your tale to the world.
Mystic Seaport seeks volunteers to participate in an exciting, unprecedented public-history project onboard the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Beginning December 1, 2013, the Museum will accept project proposals by talented, self-motivated adults from a range of disciplines and backgrounds to document and share their experiences during the ship’s commemorative 38th Voyage.
In summer 2014 the Charles W. Morgan will sail for the first time in more than 80 years. During its first 37 voyages (1841-1921), this vessel ventured into all the world’s oceans in pursuit of whale oil and baleen, carrying multi-ethnic crews and coming into contact with many different cultures. Now a National Historic Landmark, the Morgan will sail to seven New England ports, engaging communities with their maritime heritage, raising awareness of the changing perceptions about whales, and furthering ongoing research into whales, whaling, and whaling peoples.
Click here to continue reading about this incredible opportunity
Application Process Deadline: Dec. 31, 2013
Photo credit: Mystic Seaport
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Posted by Erin on November 20, 2013
Photo Credit: Maritime Heritage Alliance
For over twenty years, Maritime Heritage Alliance has been a member of first American Sail Training Association, and now Tall Ships America. I have worked with Madeline in the Great Lakes in 2006, 2010 and this past summer as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Race Series. In addition to Madeline, MHA operates the cutter Champion (and four other boats).
Recently, the SAIL Champion program, created by MHA and Mental Wellness Counseling, was brought to our attention at Tall Ships America HQ with the video below.
The captain, Rorke Miller, has been nominated for the Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award USA and is now one of three finalists. This award “recognizes men and women whose significant contributions to educate, volunteer, advocate or simply encourage participation in sailing with in their local community”. The winner will go on to speak at the US Sailing Leadership Conference, bringing recognition to their program. Watch the video and support our member organization by voting for Captain Miller and the SAIL Champion program.
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Posted by Erin on October 21, 2013
Balboa Park, San Diego
A few weeks ago, fresh off our summer in the Great Lakes, Patti, Bert and I flew out to Southern California to start planning TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Pacific Coast 2014. Our first stop was the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Home of the 150 year-old Star of India, HMS Surprise (formerly Rose and of Master and Commander fame), and Californian, along with two submarines, a steam ferry, steam yacht, pilot boat, and a replica of the first yacht to win the America’s Cup, the museum has an impressive fleet along the waterfront. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Erin on October 8, 2013
We continue to play catch up from our summer events. Here is Brian’s recap of the final race of the series out of Chicago…
The mood on the ship seemed a little down as crew on Sorlandet had to say good-bye to a number of volunteers and crewmembers in Chicago. After many months working with each other it was now time for everyone to start going their separate ways. It was sad to see our shipmates leave, but we still had one more race to go in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series. This was also my last sail with the fleet this summer, so I was hoping for a great sail.
After a late departure on Monday we said farvel (as the Norwegians would say) to Chicago. Many people hoped that it wouldn’t take another 80 years for Sorlandet to return to Chicago. As we made our way past the breakwaters the crews prepared the sails for the start of the race. Dark clouds loomed in the distance making us all leery that at any moment we might have to take in sail. That whole morning we had been receiving conflicting weather reports, so we were unsure of what was going to happen out on the lake. However, a good sailor should be prepared for any kind of weather, and this was another test to see how ready we were. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Erin on September 30, 2013
I continue to play catch up from our summer events. Here is the recap from Green Bay…
From Chicago, Patti and I headed up the Door Peninsula to help out with the Parade of Sail into Sturgeon Bay where some of the ships were berthing prior to their arrival into Green Bay on August 16th. Once again, I got to hang out with some Coast Guardsmen on a wicked fast small boat, making sure that spectator boats stayed a safe distance away from the ships as they made their way into the Sturgeon Bay Canal and through the three bridge lifts required to bring the ships into town. It was another gorgeous afternoon spent out on the water, playing around on boats.
Out on the water with Niagara
After Chicago, our fleet split – Friends Good Will, Lynx and Madeline headed to Collingwood, ON and Playfair, Pride of Baltimore II and Liana’s Ransom headed to Owen Sound, ON as part of the 1812 Tour presented by Redpath. Meanwhile, Appledore IV, Hindu, Niagara, Peacemaker, Sorlandet, Unicorn and Windy joined us in Green Bay. With excellent volunteers and liaison officers, live music every night and an amazing turnout, we had ourselves a wonderful time in Green Bay. The event also featured the longest lines I saw all summer!
Look at these crowds!
It felt as though there were too many goodbye’s in Green Bay. It was our last event with Brian, who headed back to school in Utah once the ships departed. We also said goodbye to the crew of Sorlandet that had been with us since Cleveland. The ship sailed to Collingwood to pick up new students for the Class Afloat program and to switch out the crew. This new crew would take the ship out of the Lakes and across the Atlantic Ocean. It felt too soon to be making promises of future sails together, invites to visit “if you are ever in the area”, and getting one last hug in before the horn sounded and the ship made her way slowly down the river.
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Posted by Erin on September 26, 2013
Friends Good Will
From the westernmost point on the Lakes, the ships had a long sail to get to Chicago. The fourth race started in Duluth, stretched across Lake Superior and descended down to the south of Lake Michigan, where the bright lights of Chicago awaited an eager fleet. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Erin on September 25, 2013
Tall Ships America is partnering with Sultana Projects to host its 2013 Atlantic regional Meeting on November 4 at the Imperial Hotel in Chestertown as part of Downrigging Weekend. Tall Ships America organizes Regional Meetings at various sites in North America each year, working in collaboration with a Member Organization that serves as host. Concentrated into a singleday format, Regional Meetings focus on vessel operations, safety, regulatory issues, educational programming, and provide hands-on professional development opportunities for mariners.
The 2013 Atlantic Regional meeting will update attendees on recent organizational developments at Tall Ships America as well as discuss ongoing regulatory issues relevant to the Tall Ship industry. The meeting will feature two informative and rewarding workshops: Working Towards a Diversified Curriculum and A Sailor’s Guide to the Engine Room. Both workshops will include a classroom presentation, discussion period, and shipboard element. Click here to see Agenda.
Accommodations and Location of Meeting
208 High Street
A block of rooms has been set aside at the IMPERIAL HOTEL at the discounted rate of $105 per room per night + 11% tax (regular rate $160 – $200) for Sunday, November 3 & Monday, November 4. The block will remain in place through October 1, 2013. Space is limited so reserve your room early!
To reserve a room from the block you must call the hotel directly at 800-295-0014 or 410-778-5000 and identify yourself as attending the Tall Ships America Regional Meeting.
Registration Fees (includes morning refreshments, lunch, and all meeting supplies)
Tall Ships America Member – $50
Non-Member – $100 (Not a member? Become one today!)
Tall Ships America Member Crew Rate – $35 (Available to Tall Ships America Members in good standing who hold Crew or Youth Level Memberships)
REGISTER TO ATTEND
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Posted by Erin on September 24, 2013
It is September. The leaves outside my window are starting to change color; in a few weeks, they will be vibrant hues of red, orange and gold. The days are still warm, but now the temperatures plummet as the sun goes down. Orion is clearly visible in the pre-dawn sky.
It is September. To me, it feels like an ending. Summer is coming to a close. The festivals are finished. My internship with Tall Ships America is over. The tall ships are heading down the St. Lawrence, out of the Lakes. Yet as I recollect on the Septembers of my past, I wonder if September hasn’t been, for me, a time of new opportunity.
Six years ago, in September, I joined the collegiate sailing team. On my first day, a fellow sailor capsized my boat while playing a game and dumped me in the water. It was my first experience on a sailboat. I would spend every afternoon that fall at the lake.
Four years ago, in September, I arrived on Cape Cod to meet the Corwith Cramer. I had some seasickness medicine in my bag but I wasn’t sure if I’d need it. It was my first time on a tall ship. I would sail from Woods Hole, MA to St. Croix, USVI. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Erin on September 13, 2013
This summer, for the first time, we had a race in each of the Great Lakes. While not every race went quite according to plan (the final race to the top of Lake Michigan was supposed to be 180 nm of heated competition, turned into a quick and dirty 8nm race due to terrible weather and the need to get the ships quickly to safe harbor) and sometimes the wind wasn’t always helpful at the start, we can still say that there were five races and each Lake was represented. Here are the overall results, in case you missed them:
Race One: Toronto “Round the Buoys” towards Welland Canal – Lake Ontario
1st Pride of Baltimore II
Race One winners: 1st, Pride of Baltimore II; 2nd, Lynx; 3rd, Sorlandet
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Posted by Erin on September 12, 2013
Looking for more sea time and experience? Picton Castle is looking for apprentices to join them in the Pacific. For the cost of room and board, you can join Leg 3 of the current voyage, sailing from Auckland, New Zealand to Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas, via Pitcairn Island and Mangareva, from October 25 this year to February 1 next year.
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