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Blue Water Blogs: Picton Castle

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 30, 2014

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Erin (Bermuda) and Elias (Sweden) bend on the mizzen topmast staysail. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

Erin (Bermuda) and Elias (Sweden) bend on the mizzen topmast staysail. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

October 26, 2014 – Benoa Harbour, Bali, Indonesia (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France)

“We’re underway! After an extended visit in Bali, we’ve just begun our four-week passage across the Indian Ocean. Crew are all excited to be at sea again.”

October 27, 2014 – 09°53.8’S x 113°47.39’E (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France)

“Happy to be at sea finally! Leaving Bali we got a hawser wrapped around the main prop, so Axel dived down with snorkel gear to cut it off. Once clear of the harbour we set all sail, but there wasn’t enough wind to counteract the current so we steamed overnight to get clear of the shore. We set sail again at the midday change of the watch today. Drills are planned for this afternoon, followed by a power shower. Seas are slight, weather is good and nobody’s terribly sea sick. Alex made chocolate brownies last night for Axel’s birthday.”

October 28, 2014 – 09°59.2’S x 112°55.4’E  (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France)

“Steaming overnight, wind forecast to pick up enough to sail by the morning. All hands Fire Drill and fire prevention training today at 1700.”

October 29, 2014 – 10°55.1’S x 110°09.7’E  (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France)

“After steaming overnight we set all sail at noon. The wind has been filling in slowly over the afternoon, so now at 6pm we’re making 4 and a half knots, should continue to improve further over night. We walked though abandon ship scenarios this afternoon with full drill to follow tomorrow. Preparations have begun for Hallowe’en festivities this weekend.”

October 30, 2014 – 11°20.3’S x 108°32.9’E  (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France)

“It’s a gorgeous day in the Indian Ocean! Wind filled in to a nice force four on the port quarter by mid-afternoon, and the seas are sparkly bright blue. This afternoon’s workshop is an introduction to sail making with Capt. Moreland starting with design and construction theory.”

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Tall Ships America Compensation Surveys

Posted by Tall Ships America 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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Floating Towards Victory

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 5, 2013

Race One – 29 June 2013
By Eliza    

A view of Sorlandet from Unicorn

A view of Sorlandet from Unicorn

My passion for sailing originated on an eight foot deep lake in a fourteen foot dinghy. It was a fiberglass racing boat. I spent hours every day tacking back and forth across the lake, learning to read the wind, and studying racing tactics. Six years later, the depth of the lakes and the size of the boats that I sail are much larger. Most of them don’t tack very well and the wind is sometimes nonexistent. But on June 23, as the tall ships fleet sailed across the start line of the first race of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2013 Race Series, I recalled the racing tactics I learned as a young collegiate sailor.

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And like that, they were gone

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 26, 2012

L to R – Larinda,HMS Bounty,Pride of Baltimore II

Walking the Halifax waterfront after the ships had left Monday, there was something different (besides the obvious). Dar was the first to figure it out, it was quiet. For the past five days, we had been surrounded by music – buskers with their guitars, little old ladies with their spoons, raucously loud bands playing rock and roll, Irish music in the bars, and bagpipers on every corner.  Now, with the crowds dispersing and the ships headed to the outports, it was another quiet Monday afternoon along the waterfront.

Monday morning was spent packing up our office and saying goodbye to friends. Most of the ships we will see next year in the Great Lakes and there will be many familiar faces among the crew. Others, we see throughout the year, at our various meetings and our annual conference (details to be announced soon!). But still, the end of our summer series always seems so final. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2012, APPLEDORE V, Halifax, NS, HMS BOUNTY, LYNX, Newport, RI, PICTON CASTLE, Savannah, Sloop PROVIDENCE, Tall Ship Events | Leave a Comment »

Wind as Art

Posted by Tall Ships America on April 17, 2012

This video was all over the internets last week and I think it is a a beautiful and fascinating depiction of weather that we only see as full sails, white caps, or ripping hats off our heads.


Look at the Gulf Stream curl around Florida and head up the East Coast. I wouldn’t want to meet those equitorial winds in a dark alley, it looks like a wall of wind from Africa to South America. And those wee winds in the Pacific, they seem so earnest… until they hit Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn and then batten down the hatches.

Click here for a great article on NPR about this photo and video



Posted in 2007 | 1 Comment »

2012 TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Internship Opportunity

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 23, 2012

TALL SHIPS AMERICA is seeking summer interns who are interested in working in a unique nonprofit environment. Interns support the staff in various components of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series. The Race Team works with the vessels, crews, trainees, port organizers, US Coast Guard, and others to execute a successful series of races and port festivals for traditional sailing ships. 

Responsibilities include:
• assisting with directory distribution program, maintaining online social networks (blogging, videos, photos), marketing/media tracking, promotion of Tall Ships America’s mission and programs, acting as liaison between TALL SHIPS AMERICA, ports and ships. Read the rest of this entry »

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Matt Maples Photography and Writing

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 2, 2012

Photo-Matt Maples

We love our internship program here at Tall Ships America. Since we have such a small office and work together closely, it is wonderful to have a few interns every summer to blow in and shake things up. They keep our lives interesting and, in turn, we give them a summer filled with long days, sailing adventures, and an opportunity to become a part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) fleet.  It’s been pretty great, and our interns will always be considered a part of the Tall Ships America team.

Way back in 2007, it was my second year doing the internship program and we were preparing for a summer along the Atlantic Coast.  In a fit of extreme bonding, we decided that we would pile everyone in the car and drive down to Charleston, SC, the first port of call that summer, from Newport, RI.  Matt Maples, a fresh-faced intern, recent college grad, just off the plane from Chicago and a tall ship enthusiast, was part of that group. He had minimal sailing experience but was incredibly passionate about writing, photography and tall ships (especially the ships).

Jump forward five years and he is an accomplished sailor having sailed to Antarctica,  across the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal, and points in between. Along the way, he has written about his adventures and taken gorgeous photos of life on land and at sea.  I highly recommend going to his brand spanking new website, Matt Maples Photography and Writing and see what this talented photographer/writer/sailor has to offer.  Matt truly has a gift of not only capturing the beauty of a tall ship, but also life aboard the ship and what it means to be a part of the crew. We couldn’t be more proud to support him in all of his endeavors.

View Matt’s photos at Matt Maples Photography and Writing

Read all about Matt’s adventures on Europa at A Young Man and the Sea

Matt’s writing and photography has also been featured in the last three editions of Sail Tall Ships!

Posted in 2007, Matt Maples | 2 Comments »

#976 Ships emerging through fog

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 9, 2011

Halifax was the very first Canadian city I had ever travelled to. It was the summer of 2007 and we had been beaten down by the sweltering heat in Charleston and Norfolk. The events were spectacular but, being from the Northeast, I just couldn’t get over the oppressive weather. No wonder everything moves so slow down there, if you move fast you risk passing out. Between work and my Yankee attitude, slowing down wasn’t an option so it was a relief to travel up north again as the Race Team cooled down in Newport and I couldn’t wait to travel up to Halifax.

 Tall Ships America (The New Face of ASTA) is headquarted in Newport, RI so we get the occasional foggy day. But nothing had prepared me for Nova Scotia in July. The first few days we were there, prior to the ships arrival, looked like this:

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In celebration of 75 years (but she doesn’t look a day over 45)

Posted by Tall Ships America on February 28, 2011

Become a fan of the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle on Facebook!

January 6, 2011 marked the start of the year-long celebration of  the 75th anniversary of the US Barque Eagle.  In May, the ship will depart for it’s Summer Training Cruise and will make stops in Waterford, Ireland; London, England; Reykjavik, Iceland; Halifax, Nova Scotia and will return to the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany where she was originally built in 1936.  Their goal is to have 7500 Facebook fans follow along with the crew as they sail across the Atlantic, so follow this link to the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle fanpage and become a fan!

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You need bad wind for a good swim

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 4, 2010

By Matthew Maples

01-10-2010 10:00

0145 – 34.57.4′N x 48.52.0′W.

“You can see how annoying it was for sailors in the past,” said Captain Klaas, over the echoing thrum-thrum of our working engine. Here we all were, at yesterday’s “two’o’clockie” crew meeting on another sunny, windless afternoon.  Klaas was referring to our recent trend of hoisting sail to “catch” a wind as elusive a ghost. Lacking engines, the sailors of the past could flounder in the sea for weeks waiting for wind.

The Europa, however, does have engines and with them we are chasing the wind for ourselves. For three days we have been sandwiched between two high pressure systems that greedily keep their wind for themselves. Time and again, a tease of a wind will entice us into throttling back the engines and hoisting sail. And again, a few hours later we will clew up our sails to hang in sagged disappointment as the engines are awoken, still hot from their short naps to push us forward to find our errant wind.

Click here to continue reading about Matt’s adventures on the Europa

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