Call for Presenters in Philadelphia!

12 Sep
40th Conference in San Diego, 2014._Alice Cochran

40th Conference in San Diego, 2014._Alice Cochran

Tall Ships America invites you to become involved in the
2015 Conference as a presenter.

The 2015 conference, Fleet Maneuvers: Collaborating and Partnering to Best Advantage, will focus on how individual organizations and the industry as a whole can work with others toward common goals. With operational margins already razor-thin, how can the small, mission-driven educational enterprises at the core of our membership keep up, adapt, and reach their markets and succeed? The key may lie in assembling successful collaborations with other organizations, finding complementary strengths and capacities, and so enhancing the prospects for all. It takes a crew of diverse talents to sail a ship successfully on her appointed voyage.The Conference will be organized around five main topic areas:
-Crew Training and Development
-Ship’s Operations & Safety
-Educational Programming and Marine Science
-Tall Ships Events and Port/Festival Organizers
-Administration/Organizational Sustainability

We invite you to share your knowledge and experience in one of these five areas with Tall Ships America members.

All proposals must be received no later than October 3, 2014

Save the Date!

11 Sep

Website

TALL SHIPS AMERICA is pleased to announce that the 42nd Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 5 & 6, 2015.  The conference will be preceded by the Safety Under Sail Forum and Education Under Sail Forum on February 4. A post-conference workshop will take place on Saturday & Sunday, February 7 & 8.

The 2015 conference, Fleet Maneuvers: Collaborating and Partnering to Best Advantage, will focus on how individual organizations and the industry as a whole can work with others toward common goals. With operational margins already razor-thin, how can the small, mission-driven educational enterprises at the core of our membership keep up, adapt, and reach their markets and succeed?  The key may lie in assembling successful collaborations with other organizations, finding complementary strengths and capacities, and so enhancing the prospects for all. It takes a crew of diverse talents to sail a ship successfully on her appointed voyage.

This year’s conference will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill. Registration is NOT open yet but you can sign up to receive updates  from the blog (see ‘Delivered to You’ on the right) or check on the conference page of the website.

41st Annual Conference: Sessions & PDFs

10 Feb

The 2014 Annual Conference was a great success! With so many fantastic sessions and speakers, we know you’ve all been waiting for the post-conference slideshows to be posted. Click on the links below to view the presentation details and PDFs and don’t forget to join us next year for the 42nd Annual Conference!

Captain Kabak at the 2014 Tall Ships America Conference Engineering Workshop

Pre Conference Workshop

Marine Engineering for Deckineers

Safety Under Sail Forum

Session 1: Safety Aloft II – Next Steps

Session 2: Lessons Learned from Time Spent in a Life Raft

General Session: Cold Water Survival Bootcamp

Session 3: Timing is Everything -May Day, Pan Pan

Session 4: Moderated Open Forum

Education Under Sail Forum

Session 1: STEM Programs 2.0

Session 2: Promoting Learning Conversations

Session 3: An Honest and Open Discussion With Funders

Session 4: Sustaining Your Marine Ed Program

Tuesday Conference

Keynote Address: Dr. Raymond Ashley

Session 1A: Advanced Marine Weather

Session 1B: New Program Showcase A (America’s Freedom Sailor, iGyre & Marimed Foundation)

Session 1C: Changing Tacks – Benchmarking and Discovering Alternative Compensation for Your Crew

Session 1D: Youth Forum

General Session: The Lessons of the Bounty – Drawing Experience from Tragedy

 General Session: Program Spotlights (Barque EAGLE, Sail Training International, United States Power Squadron & Tall Ships Challenge)

Session 2A: When to Call in the Pros

Session 2B: Data Analytics I

Session 2C: Performing Under Pressure: Training For and Responding To Crisis

Session 3A: Navigating the Regulatory Seas

Session 3B: Promotions – What’s the Next Great Idea?

Session 3C: The Living Ship Initiative – Adventuress as a Model for a Sustainable Maritime Industry & Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean

Session 3D: Tuning Up Your Governance Rigging

Wednesday Conference

General Session: The Loss of the Bounty

Session 4A: Data Analytics Part 2 – What are you going to do with the numbers?

Session 4B: Dealing With Shock Losses – how the insurance market reacts and what you can do about it

Session 4C: Hot Topics in Marine Biology

Session 4D: Mirror Mirror – How your volunteer program represents your organization

Annual Meeting and Elections

Session 5A: Social Media Makeover – Are you reaching the right people?

Session 5B: Crisis Management and the Media

Session 5C: Weather 101

Session 5D: New Program Showcase B (United States Power Squadron & Safe Harbor Pictures)

Session 6A: USCG/Tall Ships America:Together on the Solution Side of Rigging Inspection

Session 6B: Program Showcase C (Pride in the Chesapeake & Update on Charles W. Morgan)

Session 6C: Millennial Mates -Training Your Middle Managers

Session 6D: HR and You – An Up toDate Guide to Understanding Hiring, Firing and Other Legalities of Having Employees

Closing Remarks: Jonathan Boulware

Receptions

Meet & Greet Cocktail Reception

hosted by the Wydham San Diego Bayfront Hotel

Welcome Reception aboard Star of India

hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Dinner aboard the Steam Ferry Berkeley

sponsored by Tall Ships® Festival Los Angeles 2014, San Diego Festival of Sail 2014, and Dana Point Tall Ships® Festival 2014

Annual Sail Training Awards Banquet and GALA (with Doc Rock-It)

sponsored by Allen Insurance and Financial

Lane Briggs Memorial Tea Party

in memory of Lane Briggs

2013 Sail Training Awards

7 Feb

For three days in San Diego, CA, attendees at Tall Ships America’s 41st Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships discussed maritime issues, learned about new regulations in the industry, networked with sail trainers from around the country, and left feeling inspired, motivated, and eager to implement all they learned within their own organizations. The conference ended with the gala sail training awards dinner, sponsored by Allen Insurance and Financial, which honored a select group of sail trainers and supporters who have been recognized by their peers and fellow sail trainers for their outstanding contributions to the world of sail training.

The evening began with the awards for the 2013 TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series.  The winners for the following categories are:

Youth Sail Training and Education – Assesses a port’s efforts and success in facilitating youth participation on board TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® participating vessels in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Races/Cruises in Company, educational programs offered during the event, and educational outreach to the port community –  Tall Ships® Chicago (Navy Pier, Chicago, IL)

Operations, Logistics, Marketing and Promotions –Assess Port’s efforts and success in promoting and marketing the event and in execution of delivery. New programs, innovations, expansions of access, etc., are especially considered -  Redpath Waterfront  Festival Toronto (Toronto, ON)

Economic Impact – Mathematical calculations based on a ratio of reported total expenses/economic impact –  Tall Ships® Chicago (Navy Pier, Chicago, IL)

Ship and Crew Vote – Based on reports from participating vessels and crew, per a standardized questionnaire –  Tall Ship® Celebration: Bay City (Bay City, MI)

Best New Port – Ports or port organizers which are new to the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® are evaluated by Tall Ships America according to their scores in the above categories – Tall Ships® Hamilton 2013 (Hamilton, ON)

Port City of the Year – Awarded to the port which obtains the highest average in the categories above, demonstrating significant support of Tall Ships America and furthering public recognition of sail training – Tall Ship® Celebration: Bay City (Bay City, MI)

Port City of the Year, accepted by Shirley Roberts(center) of Tall Ship(R) Celebration:Bay City. From L to R: Colin McLean (Halifax, Port of the Year 2012), Erin Short TSC Manager, Shirley Roberts, Mike Rauworth, Tall Ships America Chairman

Port City of the Year, accepted by Shirley Roberts(center) of Tall Ship(R) Celebration:Bay City. From L to R: Colin MacLean (Halifax, Port of the Year 2012), Erin Short TSC Manager, Shirley Roberts, Mike Rauworth, Tall Ships America Chairman

In addition, the Perry Bowl which is awarded to the top finishing Tall Ships America member vessel in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2013 race series was presented to Pride of Baltimore II (Baltimore, MD), for winning first place in four out of the five races this summer.

Crew from Pride of Baltimore II accepts the award. From L to R - Captain Jan Miles, Eliza Braunstein, Will McLean, Captain Jamie Trost (holding a copy of the winning crew list) and Michael Rauworth, Chairman of Tall Ships America

Crew from Pride of Baltimore II accepts the award. From L to R – Captain Jan Miles, Eliza Braunstein, Will McLean, Captain Jamie Trost (holding a copy of the winning crew list) and Michael Rauworth, Chairman of Tall Ships America

Special Recognition was given to Patricia Lock for her role as TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Director. Patti has served as TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Director since 2008 and is transitioning to Special Projects for Tall Ships America.

Members of the Tall Ships America staff present Patti Lock with a Special Recognition award.

Members of the Tall Ships America staff present Patti Lock (center) with a Special Recognition award.

The TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® award were followed by the annual presentation of the sail training awards. the award recipients nominated by the Tall Ships America membership and the final winners are selected by the nominees by Board of Directors and staff of Tall Ships America.

Volunteer of the Year – Awarded to an individual member of Tall Ships America who has significantly advanced our overall mission – Captain Rick Miller, Maine Maritime Academy

Captain Rick Miller receives the Volunteer of the Year award from Captain Jen Haddock

Captain Rick Miller receives the Volunteer of the Year award from Captain Jen Haddock

Sail Trainer of the Year –Awarded to a member of Tall Ships America who has made a significant contribution to sail training through the demonstration of leadership by means of empowerment and inspiration –  CAPT Wes Pulver, USCG Barque EAGLE

CAPT Wes Pulver receives the Sail Trainer of the Year award from former EAGLE captain, Eric Shaw

CAPT Wes Pulver receives the Sail Trainer of the Year award from former EAGLE captain, Eric Shaw

Sail Training Program of the Year –Awarded to a current Tall Ships America member program that significantly contributes to the development of seamanship, navigation skills, teamwork, and leadership skills. The program must be offered aboard a USCG (or national equivalent) inspected vessel, must be offered by certified/qualified personnel, must have clear training goals and a curriculum which is compatible to the Tall Ships America sail training logbook and must offer students the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge at sea by participating as active trainees in the running of the vessel –   Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) Tall Ship Expeditions aboard the Tole Mour

Representatives from CIMI accept the award for Sail Training Program of the Year

Representatives from CIMI accept the award for Sail Training Program of the Year

Sea Education Program of the Year  – Awarded to a program offered by a current Tall Ships America member which significantly contributed to the educational credibility of programs under sail. The program must be offered in conjunction with a school, school system, school group or other recognized educational institution, must have a clear curriculum of educational goals which are compatible with curriculum goals of traditional schools and must have qualified instructors on a certified vessel- San Diego Maritime Museum

Executive Director of San Diego Maritime Museum, Raymond Ashley, accepts the award for Sea Education Program from Michael Rauworth

Executive Director of San Diego Maritime Museum, Raymond Ashley, accepts the award for Sea Education Program from Michael Rauworth

Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented to  individuals who have dedicated their life’s work to getting people to sea under sail and who have worked to preserve the traditions and skills of sail training. This year, they were awarded to Captain Jim Wehan of Ocean Institute Dana Point and to Tall Ships America Commodore, Nancy Richardson

Lifetime Achievement Jim Wehan

Captain Jim Wehan receives the Lifetime Achievement award from Dan Stetson, President and CEO of Ocean Institute, and Michael Rauworth, Chairman of Tall Ships America

Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Nancy Richardson by Michael Rauworth

Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Nancy Richardson by Michael Rauworth

Safety Under Sail Forum: Lessons Learned from Time in a Life Raft

31 Jan

Safety Under Sail Forum: Lessons Learned from Time in a Life Raft

Presenters:
Jessica Hewitt
Mario Vittone, VLink Corporation, Author
Captain Bill Curry, Saltchuk

Join a USCG rescue swimmer and two mariners who have spent time in life rafts for an interactive discussion on lessons learned from emergency use of rafts. Take away techniques and ideas that will fortify crew training and emergency drills in your operation, be that offshore or coastwise.

Handouts for the session
Bill Curry – Session Topics
SV Concordia Life Raft Suggestions

Continue reading

Education Under Sail Forum: STEM Programs 2.0

31 Jan

Education Under Sail Forum: STEM Programs 2.0

Presenters:
Jessica Servis, US Sailing
Allison Schutes, Ocean Conservancy
Rachael MillerRozalia Project

Engaging, ready to go, and free programs relevant for ship-and land-based sailing and marine education programs. Includes US Sailing’s REACH Program, Rozalia Project’s Mission Atlantic/Mission Pacific Coast, and an introduction to the Ocean Conservancy’s new STEM program.

Handouts:

STEM Programs 2.0 – Jessica Servis

Rozalia Project – Rachael Miller

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW1JHv5N5fY

 

Jessica Servis

Jessica Servis

Jessica Servis

Jessica has driven US Sailing’s REACH program from its inception in 2012 to now include over 200 organizations and impacting 7,500 students in 2013. Previously, Jessica was the Executive Director of Just-Sailing. She specializes in accessible sailing for kids and adults with special needs. She earned a MA in special education from Rowan University and has over 15 years of formal and informal teaching experience

 Allison Schutes

Allison Schutes

Allison Schutes

Allison Schutes is the Trash Free Seas Program Coordinator for Ocean Conservancy. Allison works primarily to engage the public in the issue of ocean trash, focusing on reduction and prevention strategies. Allison also spearheads the development of comprehensive and effective educational content to supplement the International Coastal Cleanup and Trash Free Seas Program. Prior to working at Ocean Conservancy, Allison worked five years in marine education, teaching youth of all ages about marine animals and conservation efforts. Allison received a B.A. with honors in Psychology from RollinsCollege and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning from the University of Florida.  Although currently in Washington, DC, Allison is at home when on the water, returning to Florida or any coastline as often as possible.

 Rachael Miller

Rachael Miller

Rachael Miller

Rachael Miller is the co-founder/Director of the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean whose mission is to develop and implement solutions for a clean and healthy ocean through innovation, education, cleanup and research from aboard American Promise a Ted Hood 60’ and dockside locations across the country. She is a member of the US Sailing Training Committee, is a Level 1 and 2 Instructor Trainer and holds a USCG 50 ton Master’s license. She was co-founder of the first ROV-supported shipwreck tour company in North America and works with ROV manufacturer, VideoRay to train ROV pilots. Rachael’s background is in marine studies and underwater archaeology which she studied at BrownUniversity. She lives in Vermont and loves to ski as much as sail.

Safety Under Sail Forum: Timing is Everything

31 Jan

Safety Under Sail Forum: Timing is Everything -May Day, Pan Pan

Presenters:
Mario Vittone,  VLink Corporation
Commander Jeffrey Janszen, USCG
CAPT Timothy Farley, USCG Office of Investigations & Casualty Analysis
Captain John Eginton, Mystic Whaler

When someone is injured, or the water is rising, or machinery has failed, weather is deteriorating –experience has shown that mariner’s frequently wait to notify rescue services of their condition. A call to have that service on standby can shave hours off their arrival time if you end up needing them on the scene. A panel of mariners and USCG experts will discuss this topic. Continue reading

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