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We rendez-vous’d and you can too

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 29, 2017

Gulden Leeuw (Netherlands) celebrates their 3rd place in the Class A race from Bermuda at the Crew Parade in Boston

It’s funny. It doesn’t matter how many ports we have lined up for the summer, it always feels like it went by way too fast. This summer was no exception. Just last month, we welcomed a fleet of ships to Charleston and it was only last week that we waved goodbye from Boston. In between, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Bermuda and next month, Darlene and I are road-tripping our way to Quebec City for the final send off before the ships sail back to Europe as part of the Rendez-vous  2017 Tall Ships® Regatta.

But first, we begin in Charleston where Tall Ships® Charleston welcomed an international fleet of vessels. Ships represented Argentina, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, and the states of South Carolina, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, and Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sail on EAGLE this summer!

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 25, 2017

USCGC Eagle. Photo Credit: Thad Koza

Two opportunities to sail aboard EAGLE this summer!

Enjoy two unique opportunities for Tall Ships America Members to advance their professional training, qualifications, skills, and credentials in a sail training program aboard America’s Tall Ship. Restrictions apply. Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Voyage 1: 07-18 August      4 spots available
07-11 August: Portland, ME to New York City
14-18 August: New York City to Coast Guard Yard, Baltimore, MD

Experienced tall ships sailors are invited to join the ship on a voyage 07 – 18 August.

During this run, sailors will join Coast Guard crew and cadets. Participants will embark on Sunday, August 6th,  in Portland, Maine. This leg is with Coast Guard swabs and will include basic seamanship. EAGLE will moor in New York, New York on Friday, August 11th.  EAGLE will depart New York City on Monday, August 14th and sail back to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, MD for arrival on Friday, August 18th.  The second leg is a crew only patrol, but will have some other guests aboard. There will be sailing and it does include a transit up the Chesapeake Bay. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sail on EAGLE this September!

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 4, 2016

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 September 3rd to 17th. 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 Saturday, September 3rd, in Baltimore, MD. EAGLE will moor in Charleston, SC on Friday, September 9th. EAGLE will depart Charleston on Monday, September 12th and sail back to Baltimore for arrival on Saturday, September 17th.

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.

This experience will be a great resume-enhancer and tonnage-time booster! Applications must be received no later than 15 August at 1700 EDT.

See below for program and application details.

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, 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.

Application Details:

1.) All applications must be submitted electronically to Tall Ships America at erin@tallshipsamerica.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.

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Reception in The District

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 17, 2016

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It’s been bonkers here at Tall Ships America HQ. The weather has finally  (finally!) started to feel like Spring, which means that the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 Race Series is just around the corner. Our summer interns have been hired and I am excited to share their stories with you later this week. And, to top it all off,  I celebrated my ten year anniversary at Tall Ships America last month. Mind=Blown. You can read about my five year anniversary here and I have a post to share next week.

One thing that we do every year to set the groundwork for our TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series is an annual reception in the U.S. Capitol Building (read about past receptions here, here, here and here). These events provide an opportunity for us to present and discuss future TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series to an international audience. Naval attaches from all over the world are invited, along with political representatives from the ports that host the tall ships, and our Host Port Organizers. It takes about six weeks for us to prepare for this reception and then it’s all over within two hours. Whew! Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Minute EAGLE Opportunity

Posted by Tall Ships America on February 23, 2016

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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.

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, 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.

Application Details:

1.) All applications must be submitted electronically to Tall Ships America at erin@tallshipsamerica.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.

Posted in 2016, Member Programs, USCG | Leave a Comment »

My Two Weeks on the USCG Barque Eagle

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 18, 2015

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As I mentioned before, we sent a few Tall Ships America members on the Fall EAGLE OCS cruise. Here is Becca’s write up of her experience…

Photo credit N. Tegethoff

Photo credit N. Tegethoff

Lunch tray in hand, walking down the wide companionway from the galley to the mess deck of the 295′ barque Eagle,  to find an open seat in a sea of a hundred matching navy blue uniforms and two hundred polished black composite toed boots is somewhat surreal.  On my last tall ship, our motley crew of twelve or so squeeze through a tiny galley in our torn up, paint and pine tar covered Carhartts, grab our plates and personalized coffee mugs, then scatter around on deck.  There are a few points of culture shock going on here: one is the sheer scale of things, the other is being a civilian on a military training vessel.

The Eagle is truly massive.  Not only the actual dimensions (39′ beam, 25′ freeboard), but the size of the crew (47 permanent and, for my cruise, 70 officer candidates), and even the rabbit-warren maze of below deck compartments feels huge.  The rig, of course, also dwarfs those of just about every other ship I have sailed.  The royal yard is the size of some tops’l yards I’ve seen, and even the buntlines are at least 3/4” line.  There are so many shrouds we climb three or four sailors abreast, at least until the futtocks.  What does not feel huge, however, is my rack: one of twelve in its compartment, stacked three high with built in personal storage unit under the mattress leaving just enough head room to roll over without my shoulders hitting the overhead. Read the rest of this entry »

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Summer Run on EAGLE

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 10, 2015

Last month, Tall Ships America invited current members to apply for the opportunity to sail on board USCG Barque EAGLE as part of their twice-yearly Officer Candidate School (OCS) cruise. This collaboration with EAGLE has been going on for several years . I wrote about my own experience on EAGLE during the March 2011 OCS cruise and I am always excited to see who applies and then seeing their photos on Facebook. Occasionally, I even get some sailors to write about their experience on this blog- read Lance Fairbanks and Brian Holmen’s posts.

This time around, we had four Tall Ships America members embark on EAGLE for her two week trip down to Baltimore, MD by way of Portsmouth, VA. Kent Matsuoka wrote about his experience on his blog . Here are some photos from the other participants –

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First things first, testing abandon ship skills Photo N. Tegethoff

Tall Ships America members on board EAGLE_N Tegethoff

Tall Ships America members represent Photo N. Tegethoff

Bracing the Course. Photo J. Roemer

Bracing the Course. Photo J. Roemer

Up and Overs. Photo J. Roemer

Up and Overs. Photo J. Roemer

Photo J. Roemer

Photo J. Roemer

The spring OCS training run is usually in March and we hope to be able to offer this opportunity to our Tall Ships America members again (not a member? Become one now!). We will make the announcement with the requirements via this blog, Twitter and Facebook.

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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

Read the rest of this entry »

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