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 March 8th-26th . Restrictions apply. Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
During this run, sailors will join Coast Guard crew and officer trainees. Participants will embark on Tuesday, March 8th, in Baltimore, MD. EAGLE will have a short port call in Little Creek before mooring in Savannah, GA on Wednesday, March 16th. EAGLE will depart Savannah on Saturday, March 19th and sail back to Baltimore for arrival on Saturday, March 26th. Please note, the leg from Baltimore to Little Creek will be motoring ONLY.
This opportunity is open to new applicants only. Applicants must be current Tall Ships America members between 18 and 50 years of age and should be experienced mariners interested in professional development. Be advised that berthing is in the trainee accommodations and participant berths will be available from Monday, March 7th through midday on Sunday, march 27th.
This experience will be a great resume-enhancer and tonnage-time booster! Applications must be received no later than 1 March at 1700 EST.
See below for program and application 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, 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.
1.) All applications must be submitted electronically to Tall Ships America at firstname.lastname@example.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 (to be completed once application is received and accepted)
d.) Completed Guest Medical Forms. NOTE: This requires a consultation with a 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.