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Sail onboard the USCG Eagle!

Posted by Tall Ships America on December 11, 2018

Calling all Tall Ships America members!
You can help sail EAGLE across the Atlantic Ocean! The ship will depart Baltimore, MD on or about 08 April and arrive Portsmouth, England on or about 27 April. Volunteers have the option to depart in England or sail on and help provide ship tours in Oslo, Norway and Kiel, Germany. If you decide to stay on to help with tours, you will depart EAGLE no later than 11 May from Kiel, Germany. Berthing is free. Volunteers must pay for own transportation to/from ship and meals.

EAGLE seeks able-bodied mariners between 18 – 50 years old who will, when underway, work the rig, stand 8 hours/ day of watch tending sails and/or helm/lookout, and provide 1 day/week of messcook or scullery service. If assisting in port as well, they seek mariners who can help provide up to 10 hrs/day of “tour duty” every 3rd day.

EAGLE is the sail-training vessel for the US Coast Guard Academy. The ship’s displacement is 1800 long tons. She is propelled with 23 sails and a dual turbo motor turbine unit engine capable of 1,200 HP.

eagle

Please submit an application to Erin Short by January 31st according to the criteria and instructions below. You will be notified of your acceptance by February 8th.

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. You must pass a medical clearance.
3.) You must be a U.S. Citizen.
4.) You will be full a participant 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 crew.
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. Total cost of food for 21 days will be approximately $250.

9.) Participants will write a post voyage blog post and share pictures with Tall Ships America to share with their members.

Application Details:
1.) All applications must be submitted electronically to Tall Ships America at erin@tallshipsamerica.org no later than 5:00pm EST on January 31st
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.) Welcome packet with Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement and Guest Medical Forms will be provided to accepted applicants by mid-February.

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.

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