Head to the warmth

Remember this?

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We enthusiastically embraced all that Erie had to offer in February, snow storms and all. Our conference attendees were not deterred! We frolicked tough in the snow. We ended up with a record high attendance and every agreed it was one of our best conferences.

Now, imagine this scene outside your window –

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Nice right? If we can have a great conference in the middle of a white out in Erie, think of the possibilities in San Pedro, CA!

Have you registered yet? Early bird registration ends on December 5th, then prices increase by $100.

This year the conference will take place at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Via Cabrillo Marina, San Pedro, California.  The three-day conference will include the Safety Under Sail Forum, Administrators Forum, Port Forum and new this year a summit on ocean literacy and marine programming in collaboration with the National Marine Educators Association. We also have two days of workshops before the conference even begins. Whew!

Raising our Sails, Raising a Workforce is the theme for this year.

Holding our conference within the Port of Los Angeles emphasizes this year’s theme –how individual organizations and the sail training community at large can support the greater maritime industry’s workforce development needs, while continuing to offer meaningful and life changing experiences under sail.

Are you a crew member? We have a grant for you!

Has someone inspired you this year? Nominate them for a sail training award!

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Send in your nominations!

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Every year, we dress up in our finest Carharts, wipe the pine tar off our hands, and raise our glasses to our community of sail training professionals.

Help us recognize those out there making a difference. You see them, you admire them, now help them be honored.

Nominations for our annual sail training awards are now open. Awards are presented in the following categories

Lifetime Achievement
Sail Trainer of the Year
Sail Training Program of the Year
Sea Education Program of the Year
Volunteer of the Year

We have two new awards that were presented for the first time last year:

Young Sail Trainer of the Year Awarded to a sail trainer under the age of thirty to encourage and recognize high-performing individuals who deliver the sail training program for young people at sea.

Leadership Award Awarded to a member of Tall Ships America who has made a significant contribution to sail training through the demonstration of leadership at executive or senior levels, and whose impact has been felt by the sail training community at large, beyond that of their own organization.

Criteria and guidelines are on our website. Did a program knock your socks off? Were you blown away by someone in the tall ship community? Nominate them! Don’t be shy, be bold and make a sailor’s day. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 14th.

Remember, it doesn’t count as a nomination if you comment on the blog post. Respect the process.

Have you registered for the conference? Do it!   Are you a crew member? We have grants just for you!

Eager to learn more?

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Is the regular conference not enough for you? Do you wish there were more sessions that you could participate in? We hear you! Captain Jonathan Kabak has put together not one but two (!!) additional days of workshops before the conference even starts!

The workshops are $75 for both Saturday and Sunday, or $50 for just one day. You can sign up for them on the registration page (scroll all the way down to the end) on the conference website.

February 23rd, Saturday- Demystifying the Engine Room: An introduction to marine engineering for tall ship sailors
Led by Captain Jonathan Kabak

This one day workshop will introduce three key areas of marine engineering to attendees:  Propulsion Mechanics, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems, with the goal that participants will emerge with a greater understanding of the relationship between the three and an ability to complete basic trouble shooting.

Topics will include:
Propulsion Mechanics
Diesel Engines  —  Outboard Engines — Transmissions — Propeller
Electrical Systems
Basic Electrical Theory —Direct Current (DC) Systems —Battery Types and Battery Charging —Alternating Current (AC) Systems Electrolysis
Plumbing
Saltwater Systems — Freshwater Systems —Pumps —Hydraulics

Captain Jonathan Kabak is the Director of Marine Operations for the USMMA Sailing Foundation, which operates and maintains a fleet of over sixty vessels ranging from high performance race boats to luxury motor yachts. He is responsible for vessel surveys, planning and implementing major maintenance periods as well as regular upkeep of the fleet. In addition to his USCG Master’s License, Jonathan is an American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) certified Marine Electronics Technician and has completed the National Marine Manufacturers Association Basic Installer Training.

February 24, Sunday- Riddle of the Strands: The Liverpool Eye Splice Revealed
Led by Captain and Master Rigger Jamie White

“Every finger a marlinspike, every hair a rope yarn and blood of Stockholm Tar!” is the traditional description of the ship’s bosun. In this workshop, master rigger Jamie White will lead you through the mysteries of the Liverpool Wire Splice. This is a handy skill for any sailor, and a must for any bosun, with more applications than you might think. Good for standing rigging, stropped blocks, and running rigging gear, to name a few. Seemingly mysterious and yet amazingly simple once you know the tricks, this is a hands-on chance to wire splice with a master rigger who has taught wire splicing from Scotland to Australia.

Wire rope splicing is a maritime craft rich in tradition and functional beauty that can be intimidating and mysterious to the novice. Jamie will help to take the mystery out of the Liverpool splice with hands-on instruction.

Learn the basic principles and practical hands-on techniques in turning in a Liverpool wire rope eye splice in a rigging vise, machinist vise, or in your hand when a vise is not available.

Captain and master rigger Jamie White began working in the traditional rigging and square-rig sail training industry in 1982. He has sailed over 30,000 miles as bosun, mate, or master on many square-rigged & traditional vessels including: HMAV Bounty, the three-masted barque Elissa, topsail schooner Californian, galleon Golden Hinde, barque Star of India, brig Pilgrim, schooner Adventuress, 3 masted split-topsail schooner Jacqueline, square-topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain, brig Lady Washington, schooner Atlantis, and the brigantine Soren Larsen. He served as Chief/Master Rigger on the three-masted barque Glenlee, the four-masted barque Moshulu, the three-masted ship Balclutha, and the three-masted schooner C.A. Thayer. Captain White has served as a rigging consultant on the four-masted ship Falls of Clyde, the three-masted ship Discovery, and the three-masted barque Polly Woodside. Most recently he spent much of 2016 supervising and directing the $3.5 million rigging restoration of the largest wrought iron commercial sailing ship in the world, the full rigged ship Wavertree, launched 1885. Jamie crossed the Equator three times under square-rig and had the good fortune of working on several Hollywood movies as a consultant, sailor, or rigger, including two Pirates of the Caribbean films, among  others.

Not registered yet? Hurry up! Early Bird Registration ends on December 5th. Register today and save $100.

Are you a crew member? We have a grant for you! Apply early- these are first come, first served.

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Phew. It’s OK. You still have some time before the Early Bird Registration ends on December 5th. Register today and save $100!

We are so excited to be in San Pedro for the 46th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships! I, for one, will be thrilled to be out of the depths of a freezing Northeast winter.

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This really happened. It was the worst.

Give yourself something to look forward to and register for the conference already.

This year’s theme is how individual organizations and the sail training community at large can support the greater maritime industry’s workforce development needs, while continuing to offer meaningful and life changing experiences under sail. A subject near and dear to all of our hearts.

We have a rigging workshop set up just prior to the start of the conference, a whole day of Safety and Education Forums, and, new this year, a summit on ocean literacy and marine programming in collaboration with the National Marine Educators Association.

Are you a crew member? We have a grant for you!

Crew Grants now available!

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Attention Crew! Interested in joining us in sunny San Pedro next February but the registration cost is a bit daunting? We got you. Apply for the Professional Development Crew Grant and you can attend the conference for $100!

Here is the criteria:

  1. Date of Application
  2. Ensuring a geographic and demographic diversity of awardees
  3. Demonstrated commitment to continued involvement in sail training and sea education

No more than two grants will be given to applicants representing a single member organization (however more than two awardees may have sailed previously with a member organization).

Conference Professional Development grants are for the full 3-day Conference and Safety or Education Under Sail Forum, and will reduce the registration fee from $595 to $100. (Travel and accommodations not included).

To be eligible for a Conference Professional Development grant candidates must:

  • Be a Tall Ships America Associate Level or Crew Level member in good standing.
    (Not a member? Become one now!) 
  • Demonstrate that you have sailed as a student trainee, paid or volunteer crewmember (1st – 4th Mate, Bosun, Engineer, AB, OS, Deckhand, Educator) aboard a Tall Ships America member vessel(s) for not less than 6 weeks within past 24 months.

Applications should be submitted by email or fax as a written request to: Tracy@tallshipsamerica.org  Fax: 401-849-5400 and include documentation (letter from captain or employer, record of sea time etc.) demonstrating that the applicant meets the above criteria.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Tracy.

Conference grants are funded through the Liz Strojny Memorial Fund. All proceeds donated go towards sending crew to our annual conference. Would you like to donate to the Liz Strojny Memorial Professional Development Conference Grants for Crew? Please call the office to speak to one of our staff: 401.846.1775

Haven’t registered yet? Click on over to the conference website!

We want to hear from you

Call for presenters 2019

Listen. We know you. We know you have something to say.  Why not use your powers for good and become a speaker at our conference? It’s win-win! We get a riveting session, you have people hanging on to your every word.

And you can talk about whatever you want…as long as it fits into our theme of workforce development:

Raising our Sails, Raising a Workforce  will focus on how individuals, organizations and the industry as a whole can support the greater maritime communities’ workforce development needs, while continuing to offer our tradition of meaningful skills and life-changing experiences under sail.

The Conference will be organized around five main topic areas:

  • Crew Training and Development
  • Ship’s Operations & Safety
  • Educational Programming and Marine and Oceanographic Sciences
  • Tall Ships Events and Port Festivals
  • Administration/Organizational Sustainability

Do you feel this is something you have waited all year for? Then send in your proposal or click on over to the conference website and fill out the form. No, writing your idea in a Facebook comment does not count as “sending in your proposal”, neither does sending an email in response to this post.

Follow the criteria and you, too, can be featured in our annual conference program.

While you are it, register for the conference and save $100!

 

Early Bird Special!

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That’s right, people. Between now and December 5th, you can save $100 off the registration price to attend our annual conference in sunny San Pedro, California.  Grab your flip flops and your favorite jorts and join us as we talk about all things tall ships and sail training.

This year’s theme is how individual organizations and the sail training community at large can support the greater maritime industry’s workforce development needs, while continuing to offer meaningful and life changing experiences under sail. A subject near and dear to all of our hearts.

We have so much to offer this year – Rigging workshops! Trivia is back! Forums! An OCEAN LITERACY SUMMIT! So. Much. Happening.

Head on over to our new conference website and register today!

P.S. Are you a crew member? We got you. Crew grants are currently available so follow the link for more information and apply early. These are first come, first served.