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Halcyon Climbs Aloft

Posted by Erin on August 26, 2014

 

 

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Replicating battle sails with our historical member vessels certainly makes for an exciting time during the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®! From maneuvering around “enemy” vessels on the water to climbing aloft and furling sail at the dock, there are lots of adventures to be had. Halcyon was able to join the fun last Saturday during Tall Ships Festival LA 2014. Here’s what she has to say…

 

Sailing on fore and aft rigged schooners, you never really have good reasons to go aloft, especially when you need to clean up the deck after a sail. But that’s different when sailing on a brigantine.

Yesterday was my first time sailing on Brigantine Irving Johnson. I joined the crew on the foredeck to help pass the headsails, while we were at war with Exy Johnson and Spirit of Dana Point. With no casualties, of course, we arrived at the dock to drop off some very thrilled passengers. From there, as we all know, it’s time to clean up the deck.

I went around the deck to help coil and hang as many lines as I possibly could; while that was going on, I noticed about 5 crew members donning safety harnesses to go aloft to furl sails. The captain asked me if I wanted to go join the crew aloft, but I was a bit hesitant at first, mainly because I’ve never been aloft on a brigantine before. After a very informative safety speech, the captain escorted me up the fore shrouds to join the crew. When it came to the part where I had to step out onto the yards I was shaking, but after taking a deep breath and clipping in I felt perfectly fine and capable of handling the task in front of me.

- Halcyon Spooner, Tall Ships America Intern

 

 

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Welcome to La-la-land

Posted by Erin on August 23, 2014

Irving Johnson, Exy Johnson, and Amazing Grace during the Parade of Sail into San Pedro. Photo: Port of LA

Irving Johnson, Exy Johnson, and Amazing Grace during the Parade of Sail into San Pedro. Photo: Port of LA

There is something about a fresh cinnamon roll that makes you realize your day is going to be just fine. This morning, during our early rounds of the Tall Ships(R) Festival LA, I timed it perfectly and was well rewarded for my efforts. The site was quiet, far different from all the crowds and preparation of the days before. However, it was the calm before the storm. Today, Saturday, the festival grounds are rocking and rolling – dozens of food trucks line the dock, cranking out everything from Mexi-Greek fusion to “lobstah” rolls, each with their own music and vibe. The four stages are constantly swarming with people listening to traditional Hawaiian music, classic rock and even The King- Read the rest of this entry »

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Meet Halcyon, The New Race Team Member

Posted by Erin on August 23, 2014

Meet summer intern, Halcyon, the newest member of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Team

Meet summer intern, Halcyon, the newest member of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Team

When I was 8 years old my family moved to New York City from Saint Lucia. While moving to New York from a beautiful island in the Caribbean, I never thought that I’ll see the water again. That was until I started my freshman year at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, where they taught me that New York City is surrounded by 600 miles of coastline, which I needed to explore.

I started sailing on tall ships my sophomore year of high school, thanks to my Vessel Operations teacher, Captain Aaron Singh. I’ve had the opportunity to sail on Spirit of Massachusetts and Schooner Pioneer.

This past summer, I was hired as a deckhand on 1893, Schooner Lettie G. Howard, after a long winter restoration period.

Now I’m looking forward to some new adventures as a TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Intern, before the start of my senior year at New York Harbor School.

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Schooner VIRGINIA Day Sail

Posted by Erin on August 14, 2014

Friends of TALL SHIPS AMERICA joined SCHOONER VIRGINIA for a day sail on August 10th.

Thank you to the Schooner Virginia’s Captain and Crew for a glorious afternoon of sailing. 

Tall Ships America crew

From helping the crew to set sail and coiling down the deck, to munching on Lori’s homemade mini cheesecakes and spending a sunny afternoon with old friends out on the water, we at Tall Ships America can’t think of a better way to spend our time.

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We hope those of you who joined us enjoyed the sail as much as we did!

Read more about the SCHOONER VIRGINIA here!

View MORE PHOTOS OF THE DAY here!

 

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Congratulations to Henry H. “Harry” Anderson, Jr.

Posted by Erin on August 12, 2014

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The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) announced their 2014 inductees recently and Tall Ships America is pleased to announce that longtime supporter and 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Henry H. “Harry” Anderson, Jr. will be one of eight inductees. He will be recognized at an invitation-only Induction Ceremony in Detroit, Michigan, on September 28, 2014.

From his first regatta in 1936, at the age of 15, to his present position as Commodore emeritus on Tall Ships America’s Board of Directors, Harry Anderson has been a driving force in the world of sailing. His accomplishments include numerous awards, trophies, and an honorary degree, earned throughout his years as an America’s Cup race official, as Commodore of the New York Yacht Club, and as a board member of the U.S. Naval War College and the Rhode Island Marine Archeology Project, among others. He also spent many decades working with the North American Yacht Racing Union, the International Yacht Racing Union, and with US Sailing, and is co-author of The Centennial History of the United States Sailing Association.

Whether supporting alma-mater Ransom Everglades School in Florida, where he is a trustee for life, co-founding Yale Sailing Associates and establishing the University of Rhode Island’s Sailing Center, or promoting a robust endowment for the American Sail Training Association, of which he is a former Chairman, Harry Anderson has furthered the mission of sail training and has long encouraged youth involvement in the maritime industry.

For a man who has dedicated his life’s work to getting people to sea under sail and who has diligently worked to preserve the traditions and skills of sail training, this distinguished honor is yet another accolade in Harry Anderson’s success in and advancement of the American maritime industry and the sport of sailing.

The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) wrote that “Yachtsman, historian and senior statesman of the sport Henry H. ‘Harry’ Anderson, Jr. (Newport, R.I./Mystic, Conn.)” will be inducted alongside “mathematician and navigator Nathaniel Bowditch (Salem, Mass.); boat builder and U.S. Olympic Sailing Team boatwright Carl Eichenlaub (San Diego, Calif.); brothers Olaf Harken and Peter Harken (both Pewaukee, Wisc.), respectively, boat builder and sailing hardware designer; naval architect and prolific writer L. Francis Herreshoff (Bristol, R.I./Marblehead, Mass.); 1960 5.5 Metre Olympic Gold Medalist and boat builder George O’Day (Brookline, Mass./Dover, Mass.); and Grand Prix yachtsman John B. ‘Jim’ Kilroy (Marina del Rey, Calif.), the recipient of the NSHOF’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Links of Interest

Sail-World: National Sailing Hall of Fame reveals inductees

Class of 2014 Inductee Profile: Henry Hill “Harry” Anderson, Jr.

Newport Buzz: Newport Resident Among Class of 2014 Sailing Hall of Fame Inductees

Tall Ships America: Henry H. Anderson, Jr. Sail training Scholarship

The Day: Harry Anderson’s 90th Birthday Gam 

Commodore Harry Anderson greets guests at his 90th Birthday Gam in 2011. Proceeds from the birthday celebration  benefited ASTA. (Credit: Dan Nerney)

Commodore Harry Anderson greets guests at his 90th Birthday Gam in 2011. Proceeds from the birthday celebration benefited ASTA. (Credit: Dan Nerney)

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Have you sailed into the sunset lately? Join Tole Mour!

Posted by Erin on July 29, 2014

And now for something completely different…a message from Tall Ships America Member Vessel and 2013 Sail Training Program of the Year, Tole Mour. See the below announcement from Tole Mour about how you can sail on the ship in August.

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Come aboard and help us race the schooner Tole Mour from Los Angeles to San Diego!  Sail with us against other tall ships for 3 days at sea!  Along the way learn to navigate, stand a seawatch, learn seamanship, and most importantly sail Tole Mour as fast as possible. And do this while eating lots of great food!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY OR RISK BEING LEFT ON SHORE AND LABELED A LANDLUBBER FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. DO YOU HONESTLY THINK YOU CAN LIVE WITH THAT? FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? THAT SOUNDS LIKE TORMENT TO ME. I WOULD JUST SIGN UP NOW.

WE ARE ACCEPTING TRAINEES AGED 18 TO INFINITY FOR THREE DAYS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RACING…TALL SHIP STYLE.

Photo Credit: Thad Koza

Photo Credit: Thad Koza

This August we will embark on the first race that Tole Mour has participated in since the new millennium!  Spaces are very limited as there are only 36 beds.  So secure your spot today for an amazing experience.  More details will come to you if you call (800-645-1423) or email (Susan @ gdi . org) Guided Discoveries.  Spaces are open to all able bodied individuals aged 18 to infinity.  You must be able to haul on lines, be pleasant while tired and it’s great if you can sleep easily yet awaken easier.  The cost for the three day race is only $499.00 per person!  That covers all meals, training and transportation from Los Angeles to San Diego!  
   
!!!!!!!SO SIGN UP NOW!!!!!!!

August
25th – 27th

Los Angeles, CA
to
San Diego, CA

RESERVE YOUR SPOT BY CALLING US AT GUIDED DISCOVERIES 800-645-1423 OR EMAILING US AT SUSAN @ GDI . ORG. BY DOING SO WE WILL GIVE YOU A “WHAT IS IT LIKE?” PACKET, TO BETTER ACQUAINT YOU TO YOUR UPCOMING PHYSICAL, MENTAL, SPIRITUAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, SAILING-A-TALLSHIP CHALLENGE.

Please take a moment to reflect on your day and question your life choices if you find you haven’t seen any marine mammals, sunrises, sunsets or starry skies lately. Also click here and here to find out what we do when we aren’t racing our brains out.

 

Photo Credit: nicholsboats.com

Photo Credit: nicholsboats.com

 

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If I Had A Million Dollars…

Posted by Erin on July 22, 2014

The National Park Service’s Maritime Heritage Program, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, has approximately $1.7 million in grant funding available for education and preservation projects related to U.S. maritime history.

The grants are available to state, tribal and local governments, as well as private non-profit organizations. Education grants can be used for programs such as school curriculum, interpretive programs and web pages. Preservation grant projects will include restoration of ships and other maritime resources.

Details of the grant program, including the application process, are available at http://www.nps.gov/maritime/grants/2014.htm. Grant applications will be accepted through Tuesday, September 23.

Think of all the things you could do with more money*…

…If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d restore your ship / I would restore your ship.

And if I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / I’d buy you equipment for your ship / Maybe a nice AIS or a rescue boat.

And if I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d buy you a new wrench / A nice and shiny new wrench / And if I had a million dollars, I’d buy your drill.

If I had a million dollars / I’d make a foot-rope for your yard / If I had a million dollars you could help / It wouldn’t be that hard.

If I had a million dollars / Maybe we could put a little tiny fridge / In the saloon / We could just go down there and hang out.

Like open the fridge and stuff / And there’d be foods Cook laid out for us / Like little pre-wrapped sausages and things. Mmmmmm.

They have pre-wrapped sausages / But they don’t have pre-wrapped bacon / Well, can you blame them? / Yeah!

If I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d buy you black powder / But not a real round shot, that’s bad.

And if I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d buy you a cuddly ship’s pet / Yep, like a llama or an emu.

And if I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d buy you nautical charts / All them crazy divider tools / And if I had a million dollars I’d buy black pens.

If I had a million dollars / We wouldn’t have to steer by the stars / If I had a million dollars / We’d use the red planet / ’cause why not Mars?

If I had a million dollars / We wouldn’t have to conserve Diesel / But we would conserve Diesel.

Of course we would, we’d just sail more / And buy really expensive canvas for sails / That’s right, all the fanciest natural fibers.

If I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d buy you an anchor / Haven’t you always wanted an anchor? / If I had a million dollars I’d buy your caulk.

If I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars…

I’d be rich!

(Original Lyrics by Barenaked Ladies – If I Had A Million Dollars)

 * Disclaimer: These suggestions may not qualify in their entirety for the grants.

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What’s Better Than A Bald EAGLE?

Posted by Erin on July 17, 2014

No, not him…

KINDA BALD EAGLES. KINDA BALD EAGLES WITH HAIR.

Credit: iD Gum / iSpot.tv

 

The BARQUE EAGLE!

EAGLE - Parade of Sail in Halifax 2012

EAGLE – Parade of Sail in Halifax 2012

 

REMINDER NOTICE TO EXPERIENCED MARITIME CREW

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS: JULY 25, 2014

Enjoy a unique opportunity for Tall Ships America Members to advance their professional training, qualifications, skills, and credentials in a sail training program aboard America’s Tall Ship.

Experienced tall ships sailors are invited to join Captain Pulver and Coast Guard and NOAA Officer Trainees on a voyage from Gloucester, MA to Baltimore, MD between August 30th and September 11th, 2014. Restrictions apply.

For details, read Sail Training and Professional Development aboard USCG Barque EAGLE

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Join us on July 12 for Sail for Tall Ships Day!

Posted by Erin on July 7, 2014

Where will you #SailWithMorgan?

Where will you #SailWithMorgan?

CALLING ALL TALL SHIPS!

Join Tall Ships America and Mystic Seaport on 12 July 2014 for a national Sail for Tall Ships Day. We invite tall ships and traditional sailing vessels from all around America to set sail on this day, to honor the restoration of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial sailing vessel, and to celebrate the traditional skills of seamanship that are hard at work in the Tall Ships America fleet today.

We hope you will get underway with us on July 12 – anywhere and any way that fits into your own operational schedule – and be part of this national celebration of traditional sail!

Mystic Seaport and Tall Ships America are promoting Sail for Tall Ships Day with an active media campaign, and we invite you to use this opportunity to promote your own ship, mission, and programs in the context of this national event. We have provided a template for a press release, to use and distribute to relevant media in your area. Be sure to invite local media aboard when you sail!

Additionally, Mystic Seaport has included a “cutout” of the Charles W. Morgan for you to download and use in the promotion – take a photo of this aboard your ship as you sail on 12 July, and post it on your social media network. The hashtags for the event will be #SailwithMorgan #sailfortallships.

Tall Ships America will award a prize for the most creative photo taken and posted on this day, so don’t miss out!

Join us for the fun and celebration, share your photos, and help promote sail training and maritime preservation in North America!

Download the Sail for Tall Ships Day Template (Word document)

Download the cut out of the Charles W. Morgan (PDF)

 

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Sail for Tall Ships Day – July 12th

Posted by Erin on July 1, 2014

CHARLES W MORGAN sailing off Gay Head June 18 2014. Courtesy of Mystic Seaport

CHARLES W MORGAN sailing off Gay Head June 18 2014. Courtesy of Mystic Seaport

30 June 2014, Newport RI –   Tall Ships America, the National Sail Training Organization representing the United States, is proud to announce that 12 July 2014 is Sail for Tall Ships Day. Tall ships and traditional sailing vessels around America will all sail on this day to honor the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, as she sails on her 38th voyage calling at historic New England ports.

Painstakingly restored over 5 ½ years by Mystic Seaport Museum of Mystic CT, the Charles W. Morgan is the last remaining ship of the American whaling fleet that once numbered more than 2,700 vessels. Built and launched in 1841, the Morgan is now America’s oldest commercial ship still afloat. The Morgan left Mystic Seaport on May 17, 2014 to embark on her 38th Voyage. Where once the Morgan’s cargo was whale oil and baleen, today her cargo is knowledge, and she sails to engage communities with their maritime heritage and raise awareness about the changing perception about whales and whaling.

On July 12, sailing ships around the nation will put to sea to honor the restoration of this great ship, the heritage she represents, and to celebrate the traditional skills of seamanship that are sustained and hard at work in the Tall Ships America fleet today. From the rockbound harbors of Maine, to the sun drenched coast of California, to the inland seas of the Great Lakes, to the pristine sounds of the Pacific Northwest, all manner of brigs, barques, schooners, brigantines and other traditional sailing craft will hoist sail this day in common cause with the Morgan and her crew. It is a national celebration of nautical skill, courage, and adventure that defined America as a young seafaring nation in 1841 when Morgan was launched, and still defines us as a maritime power today.

For more information about Mystic Seaport Museum, and the 38th voyage of the Charles W. Morgan, go to www.mysticseaport.org . 

For more information about Tall Ships America, and programs of adventure and education under sail, go to www.tallshipsamerica.org . 

 

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