Put a bird on it
Posted by Erin on January 11, 2013
Twice a year, in the spring and fall, USCG Barque EAGLE has their Officer Cadidate School(OCS) participants sail aboard the ship as part of a training voyage. This past fall, Tall Ships America was able to extend an invitation to sail aboard with the OCS class to it’s members. We are pleased to announce that this spring, CAPT Pulver has extended this invitation to include experienced deckhands from the sail training industry.
This is an incredible opportunity (read about my own experience sailing with the OCS class to Philadelphia in 2011) and I can’t recommend enough that you take the time to apply for this voyage. Not only will you be sailing towards warm weather but Savannah hosts the largest St. Patricks Day parade in the country. Based on our own time in Savannah this past summer as part of the TSC with EAGLE, you are guaranteed to have great time both at sea and on land.
Here are the details from the announcement:
EAGLE will sail on a training voyage, departing New London CT on 8 March and arriving Savannah GA on 16 March 2013. CAPT Pulver has graciously offered to include a small number of Tall Ships America experienced deckhands from the sail training fleet. Junior officers are also welcome (be advised, berthing is in the trainee accommodations, not officer quarters). Experienced trainees are also welcome, if accompanied by an experienced professional. This experience will be a great resume-enhancer and tonnage-time booster!
Time is short, so act now if you are interested in this great opportunity to train in USCG Barque EAGLE. APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 22 FEBRUARY 2013, 1700h EST.
1.) You must be at least 18 years old.
2.) There is no age maximum, but you must be fit, willing and able to work aloft.
3.) You must be a U.S. Citizen.
4.) You will be full a 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
8.) Participants must pay $12/day for food and expenses, etc. Total cost for 10
days = $120.
1.) All applications must be submitted electronically to Tall Ships America at
2.) You must be a Tall Ships America member in good standing to apply – Become a member!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
c.) Completed Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement (see the EAGLE “Welcome Aboard” packet).
d.) Completed Medical Questionnaire (see the EAGLE “Welcome Aboard”packet). NOTE: This requires a consultation with a medical doctor.
For those of you that giggled over the title, here is the (incredibly accurate) Portlandia sketch for your Friday viewing.