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News from the Leeward Side…

Posted by Erin on April 17, 2014

Seasickness. It’s an unspoken word amongst youth and adults hoping to sail as trainees on a tall ship. They might stash some Dramamine® in their duffel bags before they come aboard or show off their scopolamine patches as soon as the docklines are cast off. But, despite their preparation, youth and adult trainees alike are hoping that they will never experience the misery of seasickness.

The professional mariners aboard understand that it’s a component of seafaring. They know that some of these anxious trainees will turn pale as soon as the ship leaves safe harbor, while others will be writing in their journals and begging to go aloft as the seas swell to six feet, or more. But the professional mariners also know that, as the saying goes, ‘If you have never been seasick, you just haven’t met the right conditions yet.’ Eventually, it can strike anyone.

And when those unlucky sailors do fall seasick, they are told to make the best of it, to keep a good attitude as they toil through. For this reason, seasickness is often the subject matter of crass humor and lively seas stories told at the galley table. But Rebecca Kuehn, of STI Youth Australia, has brought a new component to this ‘distasteful’ topic. Her hypothesis: That surviving and/or witnessing seasickness may in fact further the aims of sail training, as it pertains to teamwork, leadership, communication skills, and personal development.

Her article, with its surveys and analysis, was published in Sail Training International‘s April 2014 newsletter .

We hope you enjoy her new take on this age-old issue. And, please – for everyone’s sake, avoid chili in a storm.

Eliza dresses up as a package of saltines while celebrating Halloween on the High Seas in 2009.

Eliza dresses up as a package of saltines while celebrating Halloween on the High Seas.

Eliza reads up on the etymology of seasickness at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

Eliza reads up on the etymology of seasickness at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.




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Barque Picton Castle Apprenticeship Program 2014-2015

Posted by Erin on April 15, 2014

Barque PICTON CASTLE Sailing Ship Crew Professional Development
 Apprenticeship 2014-2015 * Sailing Around the World

The Barque PICTON CASTLE, the world voyaging sail training ship, is offering a rare sea training opportunity for young aspiring seafarers intending to sail professionally.

This is a chance to sail before the mast and learn all that one can as serving as crew in a proven square rigged sailing ship, a faithful recreation of age of sail deep-water commercial sailing ships from the time when they reached their highest development.

• Build up ocean square-rig sea-time
• Add tonnage to your sea-service record
• Make rare, long blue water, deep sea passages under sail
• Enrich skill sets in ship rigging, sailmaking, navigation, ship-handling, tacking & wearing, bracing, anchor handling, extensive small boat handling, engine room skills, damage control and more
• Sail the South Pacific Ocean, the Torres Strait, the Indian Ocean, around the Cape of Good Hope, the South Atlantic, the coast of Africa, transatlantic, the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic

This is open to mariners who have their STCW Basic Safety Training and a minimum of three months sea time; or have graduated from a recognized marine training institute; or have a minimum of six (6) months sea time in recognized sail training ships or sailing ships.

For more information about the voyage and how to become a part of the adventure, click here for the announcement.

Read the rest of this entry »

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Speed Over Ground: 1.0 KT

Posted by Erin on April 10, 2014

It’s a car! It’s a truck! It’s…Spirit of Massachusetts? sailboat crossing

Spirit of Massachusetts made headlines yesterday when she was transported down the city streets of Portland’s East End. Just past dawn on Wednesday morning, the 125-ft schooner was moved from the former Gowan Yard in Portland, Maine to the new Portland Yacht Services shipyard, where she will undergo an extensive restoration. Having sailed over 300,000 nautical miles on the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Ocean Classroom Foundation‘s Spirit of Massachusetts can now add Commercial Street to her résumé.

The video of Spirit of Massachusetts‘ journey through Portland is reminiscent of another video from 2012, which depicts the trek of the space shuttle Endeavour down the streets of Los Angeles…slow, calculated, and conspicuous.

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A Sense of the Sublime

Posted by Erin on March 13, 2014

Picton Castle -  a few days from Charleston. Photo Credit Matt Maples

Picton Castle – a few days from Charleston. Photo Credit Matt Maples

Every day on Slate, the Quora column answers a question. The questions range from the silly – What’s so great about espresso? To the more scientific – What would happen if a coin-sized black hole were placed at the Earth’s center? And many, many questions in between.

Yesterday, a Quora contributor asked, “What’s it like to sail around the world?” Who better to answer that question than a crewmember on Picton Castle currently sailing around the world. Here is the fascinating answer.

For more details about life on Picton Castle and sailing to remote Pacific Islands, sign up for the Captain’s Log.

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Guest Blogger: Pride Strives to Earn Number Five

Posted by Erin on February 19, 2014

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Pride of Baltimore II won the 2013 Perry Bowl Award at the 2014 Tall Ships America Conference in San Diego, CA. Captain Jamie Trost writes about winning the award at the Annual Sail Training Awards Banquet and GALA and about racing in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2013 Race Series.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Spring

Photo Credit: Jennifer Spring

Pride Strives to Earn Number Five

Dateline: February 5th, 2014, San Diego, California

Last week at the Tall Ships America Annual Awards Dinner, Pride of Baltimore II was awarded the Perry Bowl for placing first in 2013’s TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series. This marks the fifth time since 2000 Pride II has won the series, and, following on the heels of her 2012 Perry Bowl, this is the first time she has ever won in back-to-back seasons. Adding her 2010 win, she’s claimed top honors three of the last four years.

In presenting the award, Tall Ships America listed out the finishing results of the races on all five Great Lakes with a steady drumbeat – one second place and four firsts – hinting that all Pride II need do was cast off lines and slide easily to a win. But buying into such fantasy would discredit both the field of competition and the efforts of the crew.

First off, in the dynamic environment of sailing there are no foregone conclusions. The wind is fickle and the weather is a prankster. Nowhere more so than in the temperamental Great Lakes, with the patchy doldrums and summer squalls of baffling inland oceans. Seen from a height, the courses where we raced might boast a mackerel pattern – the bright sheen of flat clam here, the glittered shine and texture of wind driven water there. And if the weather weren’t opponent enough, the fleet teemed with competition. Stately Niagara and nimble Lynx, our swift 1812-era sisters; full-rigged Sorlandet, sleek Appledore IV, and three-masted Denis Sullivan, with her rig made for the Great Lakes.

All these ships and more eyed the finish line with the same set gaze as Pride II and her crew. Lynx beat us on Erie, and was a mere 22 seconds behind on Michigan, with Appledore IV nipping at her heels. Niagara held the lead on Huron and Superior until late race wind shifts favored Pride II’s weatherly hull. Competition this sharp comes only from crews and ships honed by practice, drill, and perfection of craft. At this level, the ship is like a machine with human gears and cogs. Or perhaps a wholly living being, the crew toiling and laboring as cells and pulses within the larger creature of the vessel herself.

Either way, aboard Pride II the crew was focused, dedicated, and absolutely set on getting every last ounce of speed from the ship. It’s easy to imagine the intensity as visceral sweat and muscle and a powered-up Pride frothing at the bows, heeling and surging along. But that’s romanticism, not reality. The races are long, the conditions constant only in their changing. The intensity is inward. Our fingers are on the pulse of the ship, we strain to detect changes in the rhythms of the ship and the subtleties of wind. It’s a staring contest with the weather, with the other ships. The minds of all hands scan the ever-changing horizon, study the cloud streaked or star speckled dome of sky for clues to the unfolding mystery of the future.

In the end, it comes down to luck – specifically when luck is the convergence of preparation and opportunity. The Captains, Crew, and Staff of Pride, Inc. are grateful to the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® for the opportunity to campaign Pride II with our striving sister ships, and we could not be prouder of the hard work, dedication, and commitment the 2013 crew put into preparing for the CHALLENGE.

All best,

Captain Jamie Trost and the truly proud Staff and Crew of Pride of Baltimore, Inc.

Click here to keep reading about Pride of Baltimore II.

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Sail Aboard USCG Barque EAGLE this March

Posted by Erin on January 20, 2014

Sail Training and Professional Development aboard

Captain Pulver would like to invite twelve experienced deckhands* from the Tall Ships America fleet to sail in the USCG Barque EAGLE on a round trip from New London, CT to Morehead City , NC from March 21st to April 4th, 2014.**

This experience will be a great resume-enhancer and tonnage-time booster!


*Junior officers are welcome but should be advised that berthing is in the trainee accomodations. Experienced trainees are welcome if accompanied by an experienced professional mariner. Applicants must be between 18 and 50 years of age.

** Sailors are invited to arrive on March 20th, prior to the March 21st departure from New London. EAGLE will make a port call in Morehead City, NC from March 27-29th, and is scheduled to arrive back in New London, CT on April 4th, 2014.

Program Details:
1.) You must be at least 18 years old, and not more than 50 years old.
2.) You must be fit, willing and able to work aloft.
3.) You must be a U.S. Citizen.
4.) You will be a  full participant, along with the USCG trainees, in the operation of the ship: standing watch, helm, lookout, bridge, maintenance, working aloft, galley and all other regular trainee duties.
5.) You are welcome and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend training classes with the USCG trainees.
6.) The ideal candidate is an experienced, rising sail training practitioner. This program is not for “Old Salts”, and it is not for first-timers.
7.) Upon successful completion of the program, EAGLE will issue to you (if you request it) a letter of Sea Service or other formal documentation of your sea service in EAGLE.
8.) Participants must pay $12/day for food and expenses, etc.

Application Process:
1.) All applications must be submitted electronically to Tall Ships America at erin@tallshipsamerica.org
2.) You must be a Tall Ships America member in good standing to apply. Not a member? Become one now!
3.) Applications must include the following:
a.) Resume of your traditional ship experience, as crew or as trainee
b.) Letter of recommendation from your current (or most recent) Captain or First Mate
c.) Completed Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement
d.) Completed Medical Questionnaire (see the EAGLE “Welcome Aboard” packet).
NOTE: This requires a consultation with a medical doctor.

This opportunity is available to you based on the mutual regard and respect that is shared between the EAGLE leadership and Tall Ships America, and in support of our shared mission in promoting leadership training under sail. This is truly a rare and special opportunity, and we are very happy to be able make it available to you, the up-and-coming next generation of sail training officers and crew.

We expect that all participants in this program will work hard and do their best to uphold the excellent relations that exist between EAGLE and the civilian sail training community, and in all ways observe and respect the policies, procedures, and rules of comportment as established aboard EAGLE.

If you have any questions about this program, please call Bert Rogers or Erin Short at Tall Ships America: 401-846-1775.

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EPA’s EE Grants Program

Posted by Erin on January 14, 2014

Do You Want To Sail To The Pacific Islands Before Global Warming Turns Them Into Atlantis?

Or Do You Want To Save The Environment But You Just Can’t Afford To?

Pacific Islands

Call for Proposals – EPA’s EE Grants Program

Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Education Grants Program is is currently accepting grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens.

The program works to engage communities across the country through educational projects that have a lasting impact on local watersheds and air quality. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, and that will serve as models that can be replicated in a variety of settings.

This year’s competitive grants program will total $2.77 million. Grants will be awarded from each of the ten EPA regional offices and EPA’s headquarters in Washington, DC for a total of 22 to 32 grants. Each award will be an estimated $75,000 to $200,000.
Proposals are due by February 4, 2014.

For more information, go to http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants

United States Environmental Protection Agency & the NOAA Office of Education Grants Team


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Adventuress’ Centennial Restoration Project

Posted by Erin on December 20, 2013

Here is some good news from one of our member organizations, Sound Experience,  to end 2013 on a high note -

Sound Exp logoLRSound Experience to Complete the Adventuress’ Centennial Restoration Project thanks to the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust 

Capping an extraordinary 100th sailing season aboard the schooner Adventuress, nonprofit Sound Experience has been awarded the final funds necessary to complete its multi-year Centennial Restoration Project.  The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, with its mission to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest through grants to strengthen the region’s educational, cultural and spiritual base, awarded a capital grant of $175,000 for this winter’s final phase of the 5-year project.  

This winter’s work includes lower frames and planking on the historic ship’s starboard side, and is utilizing the skills of shipwrights at Haven Boatworks in Port Townsend. The total cost of this final phase is estimated at $350,000.  To match the $175,000 awarded by the Murdock Trust, a condition of the grant, Sound Experience has raised an additional $175,000 from generous contributions by individuals and family foundations.  

The multi-year Adventuress Centennial Restoration Project was launched in 2009 with a goal to completely restore Adventuress’ hull to a 50-year standard by her 100th birthday so that the National Historic Landmark ship will “sail for generations to come,” according to Executive Director Catherine Collins.  The project was carefully planned and guided by the organization’s board-led Ship Committee, and each major phase of the hull restoration was completed in the off-season so that program operations could continue as normal.  More than 3,000 youth and adults climb aboard each year on day and overnight programs to experience Puget Sound’s marine environment and to learn how their daily actions make a difference in its future. 

“We are tremendously grateful to the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust for getting us to the finish line,” said Collins. “It is a huge honor to be awarded funding for the first time ever from this prestigious Northwest funding institution that considers both the strength of the project and the overall health of the organization.” 

Since its inception, the Adventuress Centennial Restoration Project has received funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation “Partners in Preservation” program, National Park Service’s Save America’s Treasures Fund, Washington State’s Heritage Capital Projects Fund and major support from leading Northwest foundations for a total project cost of $1.2 million upon its completion in April 2014.

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Tall Ships America Compensation Surveys

Posted by Erin on December 12, 2013

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Compensation for Staff and Crew is a critical issue affecting tall ship sailors and organizations alike. When managed well, everybody wins. When managed poorly, things get real hard in a hurry. Making good decisions and understanding expectations depend on good information being available to all sides.

Tall Ships America is coordinating an effort to advance our understanding on this critical issue, but we need your participation. Please complete one of the following surveys:

- Mariner Survey: For professional Educators, Crew, Officers, and Masters in traditional sailing ships


- Tall Ship Organization Survey: For Sail Training and Educational Organizations that operate traditional sailing ships

The surveys have been designed by Capt. Jamie Trost of Pride of Baltimore II and Capt. Jonathan Kabak of the US Merchant Marine Academy. Data will be sorted and analyzed by Analytics Professional Kathleen Moore, using a statistics program licensed through  Pennsylvania State University. The findings and trends will be discussed at our Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, 3-5 February, San Diego, CA.

The survey is quick, and your submission will be completely confidential. With enough input from tall ship mariners and organizations, we expect that these surveys will produce solid, useful information that will be a benefit to the entire fleet.

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38th Voyagers: Go to sea on a historic tall ship…

Posted by Erin on December 4, 2013

Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport

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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