Partnerships and Collaborations

17 Feb

One of the many things that occurred at the conference was the signing of various MOU’s during our general session on Friday, 6 February. These relationships are vital to expanding our outreach and creating more opportunities for our members. This year, we signed with United States Power Squadron, US Sea Cadets Corps and the University of RI Department of Marine Affairs. We also announced a new scholarship, National Maritime Sail Training Scholarship.  Below is a press release from URI-

 

URI Marine Affairs program to partner with Tall Ships America on research, education, outreach

 Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. – February 10, 2015 – The Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tall Ships America, an industry trade group that represents educational sail training programs throughout the country, to collaborate on research, education and outreach.

The agreement was announced last Friday at the annual conference of Tall Ships America in Philadelphia. According to Austin Becker, URI assistant professor of marine affairs who serves on the board of Tall Ships America, this partnership will provide considerable benefits to both organizations. “Many people who work in the sail training industry eventually seek a master’s degree, and this partnership will provide our Marine Affairs program with greater visibility that will hopefully result in increased enrollment in the program,” said Becker, who noted that a scholarship program will be developed to support sail training professionals pursuing Marine Affairs degrees at URI. Tall Ships America Executive Director Bert Rogers said, “This document recognizes what has been a very productive, informal relationship for many years, and it sets the framework to expand on that success. We are pleased to encourage sail trainers to pursue advanced degrees at URI’s excellent Marine Affairs Program. They have much to gain as maritime professionals and educators, and much to contribute in return.”

The agreement calls for Marine Affairs faculty and students to participate in the annual Tall Ships America conference and its Tall Ships Challenge event, which this year takes place in eight East Coast port cities. Faculty members in the department will provide support to the sail training industry by conducting relevant research of interest to the industry, including the role that sail training can play in scientific data collection, environmental stewardship and leadership development.

Dennis Nixon, professor of marine affairs at the University of Rhode Island and director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program, was the keynote speaker at the Tall Ships America conference last week, where marine affairs graduate student Eric Romelczyk presented his research on how employment recruiters at commercial shipping companies view professional mariners with a sail training background.

The URI Marine Affairs program is the world’s oldest academic program dedicated to ocean and coastal management. It offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees leading to careers in marine policy, law and management.

Tall Ships America is a non-profit educational membership organization with more than 175 vessel and program members, each dedicated to providing hands-on experience and training in seafaring skills and the nautical sciences. URI has long partnered with one of the group’s members, the Sea Education Association, which provides students with opportunities to spend a semester aboard a sail training ship studying marine science and learning seafaring skills.

 

Winter Wonderland – The Awards Part Two

13 Feb

This year, we had over 30 grant recipients attend the annual conference. Contributors to the crew grant fund were US Maritime Resource Center, Tall Ships America, and the Elizabeth Strojny Memorial Fund. At the beginning of this year’s award ceremony, Captain Jonathan Kabak, David Goldman and Alysia Johnson spoke about the loss of our friend Liz Strojny. They honored her memory by expressing what her friendship meant to them, how much her maritime skill inspired them and how much they, and the entire tall ship world, will miss her.

After the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Pacific Coast 2014 awards, Lori presented the 2013 Sail Training Awards (all the descriptions of these awards can be found on our website). All the winners were nominated by their peers so this is an especially high honor in an industry full of inspiring and generally awesome people. It’s kind of a big deal and this year we recognized some  amazing people and programs –

Volunteer of the Year: Rachael Miller

Volunteer of the Year: Rachael Miller

Volunteer of the Year: Rachael Miller(r). Lori Aguiar (c), Mike Rauworth (l)

Sail Trainer of the Year: Captain Aaron Singh

Sail Trainer of the Year, Captain Aaron Singh (with adorable child). Left - Captain Richard Dorfman; Near right - Anne Beaumont; Far right-Mike Rauworth

Sail Trainer of the Year, Captain Aaron Singh (with adorable child). Left – Captain Richard Dorfman; Near right – Anne Beaumont; Far right-Mike Rauworth

Sail Training Program of the Year: Lettie G. Howard

Sail Training Program of the Year-Lettie G. Howard, and all the incredible NY Harbor School kids

Sail Training Program of the Year-Lettie G. Howard, and all the incredible NY Harbor School kids

 

Sea Education Program of the Year: Sea Education Association’s SEA SEMESTER®: The Global Ocean

Sea Education Program of the Year- Sea Education Association's Sea Semester(R): The Global Ocean, accepted by SEA Ex.Dir. Peg Brandon (c). Captain Rick Miller (l), Mike Rauworth (r)

Sea Education Program of the Year- Sea Education Association’s Sea Semester(R): The Global Ocean, accepted by SEA Ex.Dir. Peg Brandon (c). Captain Rick Miller (l), Mike Rauworth (r)

Lifetime Achievement: Alix Thorne

Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Alix Thorne (c). Tall Ships America Ex.Dir. Bert Rogers (l), Mike Rauworth (r)

Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Alix Thorne (c). Tall Ships America Ex.Dir. Bert Rogers (l), Mike Rauworth (r)

For more photos from our Awards Night, visit our album on Flickr.

2015 Speakers and Sessions are listed here.

 

Winter Wonderland – The Awards Part One

13 Feb

Our annual conference culminates in a night of dining, dancing and awards, a.k.a. Prom Night. After three days of absorbing new ideas, learning new skills, meeting new people, and catching up with old friends, it is a night to celebrate achievement within our industry. What better way to do that than by getting all dressed up, celebrating sail trainers and programs, and shaking your groove thing to a live band (thank you Sunshine Symphony!).

First things first, we had the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Pacific Coast 2014 awards-

Sail Training/Education Awarded to: Toshiba Tall Ships(R) Festival, Dana Point, CA
Operations, Logistics Awarded to: Toshiba Tall Ships(R) Festival, Dana Point, CA
Ship/Crew Vote Awarded to: Toshiba Tall Ships(R) Festival, Dana Point, CA
Economic Impact Awarded to: Tall Ships(R) Los Angeles, San Pedro, CA
Marketing and Promotions Awarded to: Tall Ships(R) Los Angeles, San Pedro, CA

Craig Samborski, Draw Events, accepts the Marketing and Promotions award for Tall Ships(R) Los Angeles

Craig Samborski, Draw Events, accepts the Marketing and Promotions award for Tall Ships(R) Los Angeles

Perry Bowl awarded to: Tole Mour

TSC 2015 Summer Intern, Halcyon, accepts the Perry Bowl on behalf of Tole Mour

TSC 2015 Summer Intern, Halcyon, accepts the Perry Bowl on behalf of Tole Mour

Port of the Year awarded to: Toshiba Tall Ships(R) Festival, Dana Point

Shirley Roberts (c), 2013 Port of the Year winner for Bay City, MI, awards TSC 2015 Port of the Year to Dana Point, accepting on behalf of the port is CAPT Eric Shaw (r). On the left is Tall Ships America Chairman of the Board, Mike Rauworth

Shirley Roberts (c), 2013 Port of the Year winner for Bay City, MI, awards TSC 2015 Port of the Year to Dana Point, accepting on behalf of the port is CAPT Eric Shaw (r). On the left is Tall Ships America Chairman of the Board, Mike Rauworth

Thad Koza Youth Photography award: Anna Spring

Anna Spring and her award-winning photograph taken on board Sorlandet

Anna Spring and her award-winning photograph taken on board Sorlandet

 

For more photos from our Awards Night, visit our album on Flickr.

2015 Speakers and Sessions are listed here.

2015 Conference Speakers and Sessions

12 Feb

 

US Maritime Resource Center's 2015 Grant Recipients www.usmrc.org

US Maritime Resource Center’s 2015 Grant Recipients http://www.usmrc.org

The 2015 Annual Conference was a huge success- Thank you to our sponsors, speakers and attendees! With so many fantastic sessions and speakers, we know you’ve all been waiting for the post-conference sessions to be posted. Click on the links below to view the presentation details and PDFs. Keep checking back as they are posted. Feel as though you missed out on a great conference? You did but you can always join us next year when we do it all over again in Quebec City!

Looking for photos? They are on our Flickr page

Updated 2.26.2015

Wednesday, 4 February 

Safety Under Sail Forum (Sponsored by Pearsco Solutions)

Session 1: Safety Aloft and Recommended Best Practices

Session 2: Bridge Resource Management for Our Ships

Session 3: On Board Risk Assessment: Best Practices Workshop

*Session 1,2,3 are all on the same post. Documents and presentations are listed under each session.

Educators and Administrators Forum

Session 1: From Manned Space Flights to a Tall Ship, Using the Power of the Process Communication Model

Session 2: On the Spectrum: Working With People With Autism

Session 3: Program Expansion Panel: Career and Technical Education Programs

Session 4: Measuring Impact: Why should anyone participate in our programs? Why should funders support us?

Session 5: In-house PR: Tips and tricks to turn your current staff into effective public relations people

Thursday, 5 February – Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships

Keynote Address: Strategic Partnerships as a Means for Navigating the Shoals Ahead in Sail Training

General Session A: Safety Management Systems: A Culture of Collaboration for Safe Operation

General Session B: Understanding Public Safety Terminology & Communication During a Public Safety Incident

Focus Session 1

1A: What You Don’t Know Might Hurt You: Demystifying the Jones Act, maintenance and cure, and what they mean to the mariner

1B: Harnessing the Power of Visual Media

1C: Leveraging Sail Training to Build the Next Generation of GLOBAL Leaders for Peace (cancelled)

Focus Session 2

2A Showcase: Programs and Partnerships
1. Maritime Industry Attitudes Towards Sail Training Experience
2. United States Power Squadrons Boating Education Can Help Your Ship Advance its Agenda
3. U.S. Sailing

2B: The Ethics of Marine Surveying

2C: Quest for the Coast Game App: Creating new perspectives in messaging by partnering with dissimilar organizations

2D: The Respectful Workplace: Training your crew to prevent harassment

Focus Session 3

3A: From Crisis Communication to Crisis Conversation: Social Media during panic mode

3B: Using Blind Spot Analysis to Steer Clear of Shoals You Never Imagined

3C: Anatomy of a Mid- Latitude Storm: Blue water or brown water, they affect us all

Friday, February 6

Focus Session 4

4A: Youth Forum: A teenagers guide to sailing tall ships

4B: Taking the Crisis Out of Communication: A case study on Bounty, Facebook, and communities under duress in social media

4C: If You Build it, Will They Come? Marketing your tall ships® event

4D: Collaboration to Fulfill a Bold Vision: The 38th Voyage of the CHARLES W. MORGAN

Focus Session 5

5A: Jones Act Insurance- don’t cast off without it

5B: Creating Your Safety Management System

5C: Citizen Science On and Off the Water: Connecting your trainees and visitors to the sea and science through projects that make a difference

5D: Program Showcase
1. Oliver Hazard Perry RI
2. Coos Bay, Oregon
3. Brest 2016

Focus Session 6

6A: Tall Ships Entrepreneurs: Operator a for-profit vessel

6B: Navigating the Regulatory Seas

6C: Tropical Blends: Lasting partnerships build on strength to optimize offerings

6D: Secret to Winning Port of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you to our 2015 Conference Sponsors!

11 Feb

Sponsor Thank You

Allen Insurance and Financial   www.allenIF.com

Pearsco Solutions  www.pearsco.com

R & W Traditional Rigging and Outfitting   www.rwrope.com

Marlinspike Magazine www.marlinspike.com

Ships of Glass   www.shipsofglassinc.com

Coos Bay Boat Building Center   www.coosbayboatbuildingcenter.org

United States Maritime Resource Center www.usmrc.org

Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild   www.gazela.org

Independence Seaport Museum   www.phillyseaport.org

Tidemark Press   www.tidemarkpress.com

Taylor Made Destinations www.citybythesea.com

USMMA Sailing Foundation, Inc. www.usmmasailingfoundation.org

 

 

Safety Forum Safety Aloft Documents

5 Feb

More documents from our Safety Forum yesterday –

Safety Aloft Regulations for Vessels (PDF)

Fall From Aloft Calculator (Excel)

Additional Safety Forum documents are here

On Board Risk Assessment

DRAFT Guidelines for Safety Aloft Policies

The Safety Forum is sponsored by Pearsco Solutions

Safety Forum Session – On Board Risk Assessment Documents

4 Feb

From the second portion of the Safety Forum, here are the On Board Risk Assessment documents –

US Barque EAGLE GAR
New GAR Evaluation

Prep For Sea Checklist
Risk Assessment Matrix

Safety Forum is sponsored by Pearsco Solutions

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