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Tall Ships Galveston Day 4

Posted by Tall Ships America on April 8, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018

by James Rogers

As Tall Ships® Galveston comes to a close, I get a distinct feeling of anticipation from the crew members. Galveston has been more than accommodating, but the ships are eager to set sail. Myself included! I moved into a tiny bunk the Barque Picton Castle’s Fo’c’sle and I cannot wait to get underway.

Despite everyone’s state of exhaustion, or perhaps as the cause of it, The Galveston Historical Foundation threw a social function on Elissa’s Pier 21, which later became an impromptu social gathering aboard the Dutch topsail schooner Oosterschelde. All in all, people seem very satisfied with the hospitality shown by GHF and the ships in general, seen in the photos below.

 

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A line of partygoers forms at the buffet table

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Local band “Kickin’ it Dixie” provides a great show for everyone

 

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Tall Ships in Texas!

Posted by Tall Ships America on April 6, 2018

Friday, April 6th, 2018

It’s beautiful weather here in Galveston, Texas for the first ever TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Gulf Coast Race Series! Crew members and event staff alike are all super excited to be here. We could not have asked for better weather for yesterday’s Parade of Sail. I watched some superb seamanship from the deck of Galveston’s own historic Tall Ship, Elissa. What a show! I especially enjoyed seeing Lynx, a square topsail schooner, set her split course sail from her lower yard. She might as well have been a brigantine! I got some exceptional photos – see below

 

 

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Elissa volunteer crew members unfurling the fore topsails

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From left to right: Oliver Hazard Perry, When and If, Lynx

Towards the end of the parade, the sun finally hid behind the clouds, but not before leaving me with a quality sunburn. As the sky darkened, the waves grew longer, and the ships began to come into port. We were very lucky the weather never got worse than a few raindrops here and there. After a long day of fair winds and great sailing, Elissa finished with masterful docking maneuvers, and we ended the day at a party for the ship’s crew members.

Today has been non-stop activity, since before the festival even kicked off. It has been a constant scramble to get video’s for social media, or lug boxes of Tall Ships America directories to the ships, among other things, but it wouldn’t be a tall ships festival without a bit of running around. All in all, everyone is looking forward to the inevitable success of Tall Ships® Galveston, and what that means for Sail Training – building awareness and helping to build community. That’s all from me for today, but you can follow the event news on your own at http://www.galvestonhistory.org/events/tall-ships-galveston-2.

-James Rogers

 

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USCGC Eagle Opportunity Fall 2018

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 23, 2018

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EAGLE – Parade of Sail in Halifax 2012

 

Enjoy the 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. Restrictions apply. Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Voyage : 23 September, 2018 – 4 October, 2018     5-6 spots available
Depart: Coast Guard Yard, Baltimore, MD

Arrive: Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD

Experienced tall ships sailors are invited to join the ship on a voyage 23 September to 04 October.

During this run, sailors will join Coast Guard crew and officer trainees. Participants will embark on Saturday, September 22nd,  at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, MD. EAGLE will sail out of the Chesapeak Bay into the Atlantic for some off-shore sailing.  EAGLE will sail back to Baltimore for arrival on Thursday, October 4th.

These opportunities are 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 2 July 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.
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.

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

 

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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Gallivanting around Galveston

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 19, 2017

It finally happened. I have walked the decks of the tall ship Elissa in Galveston, Texas.

Over the past ten years, Galveston and Elissa had become my white whale. This iconic ship, the starting place of hundreds  of tall ship sailors, with a volunteer program that is the gold standard within the industry and which many other organizations have used as a blueprint for their own, combined with a storied history, had been on my bucket list. And now, with Galveston as the kick off to our TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) 2018 Gulf Coast Race Series, I was able to cross Elissa off my list.

This is not me but it is how I felt on the inside.

Patti and I flew to Galveston recently to head up the 2018 Port Planning meeting. Next April, for the first time ever, three ports will host the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Race Series.

The series kicks off in Galveston, Texas for April 5-8, then the fleet will race to Pensacola, Florida for April 12-15. The third portof the series in New Orleans, April 19-22, and will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Big Easy.

 

She even has her own beer!

 

 

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48 Hours in Quebec City

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 28, 2017

Quebec rest stops are the best. Gas? Check. Water? Check. Mini dinosaur park? CHECK!!!

 

Last Wednesday, Darlene and I road tripped up to Quebec City to see the Canada 150 festivities that we had been hearing about for so long, and to see some tall ship friends. Also, Quebec City is so pretty, especially in the summer. This was the view from our hotel room. It was OK if you like looking out on historic buildings and charming streets-

 

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Forty ships sailed into Quebec City and were berthed along the waterfront. Our Rendez-Vous fleet was joined by Great Lakes tall ships including U.S. Brig Niagara, Denis Sullivan, Appledore V, Black Jack, Empire Sandy, Fair Jeanne, Pathfinder and Playfair, Mist of Avalon, and St. Lawrence II. Normally, we only get to see these Great Lakes ships every three years, so having the gang back together in Quebec City was particularly fun.  Not only that, but the Rendez-Vous fleet brought ships into the St. Lawrence River that don’t normally (if ever) come this far into the Great Lakes (or, rather, the St. Lawrence). As you can imagine, there was a lot of nerding out among the crew as they clamored all over each other’s ships and proudly showed each other around.

Thursday was the crew parade and awards ceremony for the race from Boston to Canada. Thousands of people lined the streets as the crew marched through Old Quebec. Three words – Maple. Leaf. Onesie.

Photo by Darlene

Black Jack

Niagara crew

 

US Awards recipients L-R
Geronimo -1st in Class C/D
EAGLE – 2nd in Class A

 

Spirit of South Carolina – 3rd in Class B

All too soon, it was time to drive home. Darlene and I had a whirlwind of a time in Quebec City and, based on what we saw, the ships did too. This weekend, the ships will be in Halifax, Nova Scotia, two-time winner of Tall Ships America’s Port of the Year award, and one of my  favorite ports. From there, they will race to Le Havre, France, the final port of Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships(R) Regatta.

Our host ports welcomed ships from all over the world with open arms. People came down to the water by the thousands to see these ships and walk their decks. A lucky few even got to sail aboard (there is still time and berths are available!). It was a summer of new friends and new experiences, and we can’t wait to do it again.

Admit it Paul, you and the Sail Training International team are going to miss us.

 

 

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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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Game on, Charleston!

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 15, 2017

Spirit of South Carolina welcomes you! Photo K. Ryan

Tuesday morning, bright and early (with coffee clutched firmly in hand), I will make my way to South Carolina for Tall Ships® Charleston, 18-21 May. This is the fourth time Charleston has hosted the tall ships and will be the third event there I’ve participated in. This lovely southern city has yet to disappoint.

We could not be more excited for the incredible fleet that will be at the dock. Vessels from Argentina, Cook Islands, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and the U.S. will be available for public boarding and sail aways.  Tickets are still available.

Join us for the Parade of Sail on Thursday, 18 May at 1:00pm when the ships will sail their way past downtown Charleston and up the Cooper River. Then, come by and see the tall ships up close.

More information about Tall Ships® Charleston is available on their website www.tallshipscharleston.com

I’ll be posting blogs from the road and, for more timely updates, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter.

 

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Do you have your summer plans yet?

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 14, 2017

 

You might have heard about a little event going on this summer? Rendez vous 2017 Tall Ships® Regatta has been a years-in-planning transatlantic race series and it kicks off on April 13th in Greenwich, England. While there will be a ton of coverage of the ships throughout the summer on social and traditional media, you don’t have to be an armchair sailor to enjoy the tall ships. You (yes, you) can be a part of this incredible story! You can sail on board a tall ship! Across the ocean!

You can join the ship in Europe or, for slightly shorter legs in either Charleston for the feeder race to Bermuda or in the only U.S. stop in the RDV 2017, Boston. If you are interested in joining this grand adventure, there are two options for you – Sail on Board and Sailing Ship Adventures . Our friends at Sail Training International put together the above excellent video to give you a taste of what sail training is all about: camaraderie, adventure, seeing the world, meeting new people, and sailing a really cool tall ship.  When your friends asked what you did over the summer, how cool would it be to say, “Sailed on board a tall ship”? Join us for an adventure of a lifetime.

 

 

 

 

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Call for Nominations!

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 1, 2017

International Youth Council Quebec City 2016. Photo by Max

International Youth Council Quebec City 2016. Photo by Max

 

Are you looking to be more involved in sail training in an international forum? Tall Ships America is looking for youth representatives from the United States to join the International Youth Council.

Description:

We are looking for a bright, energetic and responsible young person, between the ages of 18 and 22, who has demonstrated an ability to work independently, who has been active in Tall Ships America events and thus able to represent the National organization and its interests in an articulate fashion.

The expectations of International Youth Council (IYC) members, Regional Leaders and the Executive (Leadership Team):

All STI Youth Executive members must dedicate approximately 200 hours  volunteer time per year for a minimum of three (3) years and must be effective communicators in both written and spoken English.

International Youth Council Members (IYC)

Youth Executive members are responsible for:

  • Representing the opinions and concerns of youth in their country
  • Engaging in action to achieve the STI Youth Activities and Initiatives Plan; this implies local, regional and international plans
  • Working with other IYC members to achieve international goals

IYC members must:

  • Monitor and reply to emails on a weekly basis
  • Complete and submit to their Regional representative, a report once every quarter on their activities and initiatives progress outlining achievements, obstacles (if any) and proposed amendments to plan
  • Attend the STI Annual Conference and International Youth Council (IYC) meeting
  • Participate in regional Skype (or equivalent) meetings when scheduled

IYC members are expected to:

  • support and engage in local, regional and international activities and initiatives
  • be innovative and contribute to current and future planning
  • be visible and faithful representatives of STI Youth and the Family of STI entities
  • support and communicate with other IYC members
  • Participate online and in person at STI Youth events

Application Process

Must be a Tall Ships America Associate Level or Crew Member in good standing

Answer the following questions:

a.  In 250 words or less, tell us about your experience with sail training.
b. In 250 words or less, tell us what will make you a good Youth Representative
c. In 250 words or less, tell us what you would like to see addressed by the Sail Training community concerning youth.

All applications must be submitted to erin@tallshipsamerica.org no later than 15 March 2017. Decisions will be made by 20 March 2017.

If applicants have any questions about the experience they can contact Erin Short at the above email or Brian Holmen, current Youth Representative at bhomen11@gmail.com

 

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