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2015 NMSS Essay Contest!

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 24, 2015

NMSS Essay FlyerNational Maritime Sailtraining Scholarships and Tall Ships America are holding an essay contest for maritime enthusiasts ages fourteen to nineteen. Teens are asked to write a 1-2 page essay with their response to the question, “Why are you interested in a career in the maritime industry?” The prize is $1,000.00 USD to complete a sail training program of their choice. Submissions must also include the completed NMSS Essay Form and will be accepted by email, mail or fax through October, 28, 2015.

ESSAY CONTEST RULES

ESSAY TOPIC: The 1-2 page essay shall answer the question: Why are you interested in a career in the maritime industry? Entrants should indicate interest in attending a state run maritime academy or the US Merchant Marine Academy or in joining the maritime industry through apprenticeship programs. The essay should also address the value of participating in a sail training program towards obtaining the entrant’s career goals.

DESCRIPTION OF PRIZE: Each winner will receive an award of $1,000.00 USD to be used towards the completion of an approved sail training program. All requirements must be met in order to claim the prize.

ELIGIBILITY: This essay contest is open to teenagers 14 to 19 years of age. Applicants may live anywhere in the world but must be able to participate in an approved sail training program, as outlined below. Employees of the American Sail Training Association, dba Tall Ships America, may not participate as entrants.

STATE, FEDERAL, AND INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS: Winners must be eligible to participate in a sail training program on a Tall Ships America member vessel in good standing that is inspected and certified under CFR 46 subchapter T (Small Passenger Vessels) or CFR 46 subchapter R (Sailing School Vessels). The program must be of at least one week’s duration and include no less than six days at sea.

JUDGES: Each complete submission will be read and evaluated by the staff of Tall Ships America. Each essay will be judged on the basis of creativity, passion, and how effectively the essay question is addressed. The top 5 entries will be selected by the staff of Tall Ships America. Winners will be notified by email on November 4, 2015. Awards will follow by mail upon completion of the sail training program and follow-up essay. The return of any notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received no later than October 28, 2015. Submissions should be emailed to Jennifer Spring with the subject line ‘NMSS Entry’; mailed to NMSS Program, c/o Tall Ships America, PO Box 1459, Newport, RI 02840; or faxed to NMSS Program, c/o Tall Ships America at 401.849.5400.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Submission must include a completed ‘NMSS Entry Form’ along with the essay. In order to receive their full award, each contest winner must complete the sail training program and submit a secondary essay describing the value in the sail training program in which they took part. By submitting this follow-up essay, winners are consenting to its publication, along with the publication of their name and the program in which they participated, in any and all Tall Ships America promotional materials with no additional compensation given or further permission required. Tall Ships America maintains the right to edit entries before publication. The author retains copyright of his/her work.

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New Scholarship Available to Sail on Picton Castle

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 14, 2015

PROFESSIONAL MARINE TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

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Dark blue-green waves exploded into white on [the] cliffs. I looked up at our rigging and the two square sails set on each mast. They’d turned a deep red, the colour of the sun setting behind us.” – Rigel Crockett, on Picton Castle‘s departure from Lunenburg in November 1997

PICTON CASTLE has just announced that they are offering ‘Professional Marine Training Scholarships‘ for their upcoming Transatlantic Voyage. The six-month long voyage begins October 1st and will include ports such as the Azores (Portugal), Essaouira (Morocco), Carriacou (Grenada), and Picton Castle‘s North American Homeport of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Canada). Full and partial scholarships are available and the requirements are as follows:

– Between ages 18-35
– Any nationality
– Must have demonstrated interest in pursuing or continuing a career in the marine industry
– Prior experience at sea is an asset but is not an absolute requirement
– Financial need – this scholarship is designed for those who could not otherwise afford the voyage
– Must also be accepted through Picton Castle’s trainee application process

These scholarships were made possible through the Nova Scotia Seamanship Education Society, a registered charity that supports marine training opportunities.

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IT’S #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Learn about Lady Washington.

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 4, 2015

IT’S TALL SHIPS® TUESDAY AND TODAY’S FEATURED TALL SHIP IS LADY WASHINGTON!

LADY WASHINGTON

WHERE YOU’LL FIND HER:
Pacific Northwest, Pacific Coast of USA

COOL FACT:
Played HMS Interceptor in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

HER STORY:
As a privateer during the American Revolution, the original Lady Washington fought to help the colonies gain their independence from England. In 1788, she became the first American vessel to visit the West Coast of North America, opening trade between the colonies and the native peoples of the Northwest Coast. Built at Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen, Washington, and launched in 1989 as a Washington State Centennial project, the reproduction Lady Washington sails the waters of Washington State and the West Coast of North America as the tall ship ambassador for the state of Washington. With a busy year-round sailing schedule, Lady Washington regularly tours the West Coast, providing shipboard education programs for schools in 89 port communities in Washington, Oregon, California, British Columbia, and Alaska. More than 15,000 school children visit Lady Washington each year to learn about the rich and colorful maritime heritage of our nation. Crew are paid professionals and volunteer trainees.

GET INVOLVED:
Who sails? School groups from elementary school through college, individuals, and families
Program type: Sail training for crew, apprentices, and paying trainees; sea education in maritime history; passenger daysails, overnight passages, family camps; dockside interpretation

CONTACT INFO:
Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority
Phone: 800-200-5239
Website: www.historicalseaport.org

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Welcome to VACATIONLAND

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 31, 2015

 

Oliver Hazard Perry makes her first appearance at a TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) festival

Oliver Hazard Perry makes her first appearance at a TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) festival

My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The words of Maine’s own poet rang true last week during the Parade of Sail into Portland, Maine. I was on the parade command boat at the muster out in Casco Bay, making sure the ships fell into line and proceeded to their docking locations in an orderly and pretty-to-look at fashion.  For many of the ships, a Parade of Sail is something they do numerous times each season and the crew knows what the public wants to see – their ship under full sail. To the best of their ability – taking into account wind, weather, and safety on the water– the tall ships deliver. Since we were the parade command boat, we spent most of the time running up and down the line, keeping track of the timing of the parade (nothing worse than a parade that is over too soon!) and marveling at the amazing sight before us –

Sailing into Portland

Sailing into Portland

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News From the Road

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 29, 2015

“News from the Road” (Updates from the TALL SHIP CHALLENGE® Race Team)

4th of July sunset copy

Photo Credit: E. Short, Tall Ships America

July 4, 2015: Happy Fourth of July! We’re celebrating the holiday weekend with the tall ships in Greenport, NY. Front Street is overflowing with vendors and festival-goers, while bands play music in the park by Mitchell Marina. From ship tours to carousel rides, there’s plenty to do at Greenport TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® 2015!

July 5, 2015: The sun is shining on the north fork of Long Island today! The village of Greenport is bubbling with activity along the waterfront. More visitors crossed the decks during ship tours yesterday than there are people living in this town. But lines to board the tall ships are moving quickly, leaving festival-goers with plenty of time to explore the vendor booths and sample the local restaurants after they visit these unique vessels.

July 6, 2015: The quiet village of Greenport awoke early this morning to the sound of cannon fire, as l’Hermione made her grand entrance into the harbor. Now, thousands of locals and out-of-towners alike are lining up along the docks, eager to explore the tall ships. There’s vendor tents to visit throughout the day and dancing in the park tonight…for a small village on the North Fork, there sure is a lot of activity when the tall ships come to town!

July 7, 2015: We love being greeted every morning by the sight of ship masts towering above the village shops and restaurants. It’s the last day of TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Greenport 2015 so come on down to the waterfront and join the fun!

July 8, 2015: We had a wonderful week in Greenport with the tall ships! We’re headed home to Newport for a few days…but we’ll see you soon in Portland, Maine!

Foggy Festival (Credit Mark Warner)

Photo Credit: Mark Warner, Tall Ships America

July 18, 2015: It’s a breezy morning in Portland, Maine. The tall ships are just out of sight as eager visitors search for spots to sit along the waterfront. The Parade of Sail is due to start at 1345 and we can’t wait! The Race Team is dispersed along the docks, ready to catch dock lines and welcome the sailors to Iberdrola USA Tall Ships® Portland 2015.

July 19, 2015: Sunday morning is hidden behind the dense fog of Portland’s summer but that hasn’t stopped the crowds from coming to visit the tall ships. Maine Wharf, Maine State Wharf, Port Ocean Terminal, Compass Park, and Ocean Gateway Center are lined with vessels, music, entertainment, and vendors – no matter the weather today, Old Port is the place to be!

July 20, 2015: Last night’s intense thunderstorms have tempered into a gray, foggy blanket over the city. The towering masts and traditional rigging of the tall ships appear and disappear as thick patches of fog roll across the waterfront. But the excitement in the air is nearly as tangible as the fog – the tall ships are in town for Iberdrola USA Tall Ships® Portland and there’s so much to do!

July 21, 2015: It’s late on Tuesday morning and the festival season has come to an abrupt close. Already, most of the ships have set sail for their next destinations. We’ve sent them on their way with lots of hugs for the sailors and wishes for fair winds. We hope to see you all next year for the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 Race Series!

Photo Credit: E. Braunstein, Tall Ships America

Photo Credit: E. Braunstein, Tall Ships America

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It’s Tall Ships® Tuesday! Learn about Adirondack II.

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 28, 2015

IT’S TALL SHIPS® TUESDAY AND TODAY’S FEATURED TALL SHIP IS ADIRONDACK II!

ADIRONDACK II BB

WHERE YOU’LL FIND HER:
Narragansett Bay

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
The schooner Adirondack II was launched in August of 1999. The near-sister ship of the Adirondack joins the fleet of schooners known for their performance-oriented design/construction, combined with classic traditional aesthetics. With her wide-open cockpit, Adirondack II can comfortably accommodate groups of up to 65 trainees/passengers. While dockside, spacious cockpit doghouses double as serving space for food and beverages or classroom navigation paperwork. Adirondack II affirms that modern wood composite construction and 19th century elegance blend seamlessly to the benefit of all.

GET INVOLVED:
Who sails? Private charters, families, and individuals of all ages
Program type: Sail training with paying trainees, passenger daysails

CONTACT INFO:
Sailing Excursions, Inc., Bowens Wharf, PO Box 1155, Newport, RI 02840 USA
Phone: 401-862-8441; 401-847-0000; Fax: 518-463-3403
Email: info@Sail-Newport.com
Website: http://www.Sail-Newport.com

Join us every Tuesday to learn more about Tall Ships America’s Member Vessels!

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It’s Tall Ships® Tuesday! Meet Oliver Hazard Perry.

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 21, 2015

IT’S TALL SHIPS® TUESDAY AND TODAY’S FEATURED TALL SHIP IS OLIVER HAZARD PERRY!

Oliver Hazard Perry in Portsmouth, RI (Credit: Nonni Sansoucy, Courtesy of OHPRI)

Oliver Hazard Perry in Portsmouth, RI (Credit: Nonni Sansoucy, Courtesy of OHPRI)

WHERE YOU’LL FIND HER:
AT IBERDROLA USA TALL SHIPS® PORTLAND 2015 (JULY 18 – 20)

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Oliver Hazard Perry is the first ocean-going full-rigged ship to be built in the US in 110 years and is named for the young Rhode Island hero of the Battle of Lake Erie who on September 10, 1813 wrote, “We have met the enemy and they are ours…” The ship’s business is conducted from offices in Perry’s restored former home in Newport, RI. OHP is a platform for a wide range of sail training and educational programs. Schools and colleges craft their own custom programs of varying duration on the ship. Adult programs are offered directly through the ship’s office and with our partners at Ocean Navigator/Professional Mariner Magazines. The ship has been designed to serve both the able and disabled. Sail training participants aboard OHP live and work alongside the professional crew as integral members of the ship’s company, becoming part of the team that sets and trims the sails, guides her voyage and animates her spirit. No prior experience is necessary and no extraordinary fitness is required.

SHIP FACTS:
Vessel Type: Full Rigged Ship
Flag: USA
Homeport: Newport, RI
Sparred length: 200’
Rig height: 130’
Sail area: 14,000 square feet
Power: Twin Caterpillar diesel
Hull: steel

Join us every Tuesday for more profiles of the ships participating in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Race Series.

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It’s Tall Ships® Tuesday! Meet Bowdoin.

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 14, 2015

IT’S TALL SHIPS® TUESDAY AND TODAY’S FEATURED TALL SHIP IS BOWDOIN!

BOWDOIN

WHERE YOU’LL FIND HER:
IN THE PARADE OF SAIL AT IBERDROLA USA TALL SHIPS® PORTLAND 2015 (JULY 18)

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
The 100’ schooner BOWDOIN is the flagship of the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) sail training fleet and the official sailing vessel of the state of Maine. Built in 1921 for exploring Arctic waters, she is one of the strongest wooden vessels ever constructed. Between 1921 and 1954, she made 26 voyages above the Arctic Circle under the command of explorer Donald B. MacMillan. Today, Bowdoin serves the students of MMA, the state of Maine, and New England, sailing in the waters of New England, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador, and Greenland. Since being purchased by MMA in 1988, Bowdoin has returned to the Arctic three times with MMA students, continuing the tradition of Admiral MacMillan in carrying young people to the northern latitudes.

SHIP FACTS:
Vessel Type: Schooner
Flag: USA
Homeport: Castine, ME
Sparred length: 100’
Rig height: 70’
Sail area: 2,000 square feet
Power: 190 HP diesel
Hull: wood

Join us every Tuesday for more profiles of the ships participating in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Race Series.

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Professional Development Cruise Aboard USCG Barque EAGLE

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 13, 2015

CAPTAIN MEILSTRUP IS OFFERING AN OPPORTUNITY TO
EXPERIENCED TALL SHIP SAILORS FROM THE TALL SHIPS AMERICA FLEET
TO SAIL ON THE USCG BARQUE EAGLE
ON A VOYAGE FROM NEW LONDON, CT TO BALTIMORE, MD
FROM AUGUST 16 TO AUGUST 29 2015

APPLY TO: ERIN SHORT AT TALL SHIPS AMERICA
APPLICATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, JULY 30
MORE DETAILS: CLICK HERE

USCGC Eagle. Photo Credit: Thad Koza

USCGC Eagle. Photo Credit: Thad Koza

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 Meilstrup and Coast Guard Officer Candidates on a voyage from New London, CT to Baltimore, MD between August 16th and August 29th, 2015. Restrictions apply.

For more details, read Barque EAGLE invites Tall Ships America Members to sail aboard.

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Dancing in the Park

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 10, 2015

Dances in the Park_Greenport

Monday night, crew from Sagres, Picton Castle, AJ Meerwald, Kalmar Nyckel, Lynx and Hermione gathered at Mitchell Park for the crew party. Because Greenport is a small village (population 2,200) and the size of the crew was so large (almost 450), we struggled to find a place big enough to hold the crew party. Parking lot? Too impersonal. High school? Too far away. One of the organizers suggested that we incorporate the crew party into Greenport’s weekly outdoor music program, Dances in the Park. Brilliant.

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