San Pedro 2019: Conference Agenda

Updated 3.27.2019 – We will be adding presentations and handouts to each of the individual sessions. It will be noted next to the session in the agenda if there are presentations/handouts available to download.

Conference Registration 2 20 2019

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS-Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th

Pre- Conference Workshops

SATURDAY
Demystifying the Engine Room: An introduction to marine engineering for tall ship sailors
Presenter – Captain Jonathan Kabak

SUNDAY
Riddle of the Strands – The Liverpool Eye Splice Revealed
Presenter – Captain and Master Rigger Jamie White
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Maritime Weather: Tropical Cyclones

Maritime Weather: Tropical Cyclones

Presenter: Joe Sienkiewicz, Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch at the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center

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NOAA is responsible for issuing warning and forecasts for three categories of tropical cyclones: hurricane, tropical storm, and sub-0tropical storm. The first portion of this session will explain the structure, evolution, and climatology of tropical cyclones through examples with a focus on sub-tropical storm phase and transition to extra-tropical phase. The second portion of this session will discuss storm surge and available NOAA sources of storm surge and weather level products for both tropical and non-tropical threats.

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Joe Sienkiewicz is Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch at the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center in College Park, MD. He is in charge of the forecast technique development and optimizing the use of ocean and satellite observing systems for ocean weather forecasting for the Ocean predication Center. Joe is a graduate of NY Maritime and received his MS in Atmospheric Science form the University of Washington. He was a professional mariner and worked as mate and relief captain on tugboats based out of NY harbor in the early 80s. His professional interests include: explosively intensifying ocean storms, extreme winds in ocean storms, and wave development and propagation. He has authored and co-authored a variety of peer reviewed  articles dealing with aspects of marine weather.

Safety Forum: Weather Challenges of a Fall Transit South

Weather Challenges of a Fall Transit South

Presenter: Joe Sienkiewicz, Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch at the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center

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Later Fall voyages to the Lesser Antilles from the U.S. East Coast can be quite challenging as strong cold fronts, ocean storms and later season hurricanes can all be threats to a safe transit. This session will consist of a weather routing and decision making exercise utilizing NOAA weather warnings and forecasts. Weather threats, options, and best practices will be discussed as we step forward through time and highlight applicable NOAA products to aid in decision making the session is being to designed to entice discussion and be informative.

 

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Joe Sienkiewicz is Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch at the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center in College Park, MD. He is in charge of the forecast technique development and optimizing the use of ocean and satellite observing systems for ocean weather forecasting for the Ocean predication Center. Joe is a graduate of NY Maritime and received his MS in Atmospheric Science form the University of Washington. He was a professional mariner and worked as mate and relief captain on tugboats based out of NY harbor in the early 80s. His professional interests include: explosively intensifying ocean storms, extreme winds in ocean storms, and wave development and propagation. He has authored and co-authored a variety of peer reviewed  articles dealing with aspects of marine weather.

2018 Annual Awards

It was appropriate that Oscars were the Sunday before our conference this year in San Pedro, CA. We shook things up a bit this year and, instead of saving all of the awards for the last night at the Gala, we sprinkled them throughout the conference.  Here are the Awards and past winners are here:

TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Gulf Coast 2018 Port Awards

Best New Port – Tall Ships® Pensacola

Port of the Year – Tall Ships® Galveston
Awarded to a city which has demonstrated significant support of Tall Ships America or a member organization of Tall Ships America and who has furthered public recognition of sail training

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Tall Ships(R) Galveston

2018 Sail Training Awards

Sail Training Program of the Year – 1877 Tall Ship Elissa
Awarded to a current Tall Ships America member program that significanly 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

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1877 Tall Ship Elissa

Young Sail Trainer of the Year – Erin Greig, Chief Mate aboard Picton Castle
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.

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Erin Greig

Volunteer of the Year – Shannon McKenzie
Awarded to an individual member of Tall Ships America who has significantly advanced our overall mission

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Shannon McKenzie

Leadership Award – Alan Olson
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.

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Mike Rauworth, Alan Olson, Kris Von Wald

Lifetime Achievement – Bert Rogers
Awarded to an individual who has dedicated his/her life’s work to getting people to sea under sail and who has worked to preserve the traditions and skills of sail training.

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Mike Rauworth, Dona Giglio and family, Kris Von Wald

 

Presentations coming your way!

We hope you had a great time at our 46th Annual Conference in San Pedro!   What an amazing group of panelists and speakers.   Thanks to everyone who participated and engaged in all our sessions.   We will be posting the presentation and material information right here within a week or so.  Just waiting on a few more sessions! If you have questions about any of the sessions or would like to be put in contact with someone from a session, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the office to get you the information you need.

For you reference, here is a copy of the program – 2019_conference_program

And don’t forget to fill out our online survey which will help us provide you with even a better conference for 2020!    Click Here!

 

Countdown to California!

San Pedro
We made it!

The Tall Ships America staff has escaped the icy climes of New England and are embracing the California sun!

For those attendees still en route, here is some information for your stay in San Pedro –

Big thanks to the Los Angeles Maritime Institute for hosting a sunset and port of LA tour onboard their beautiful ships.  This sail will take place on Tuesday early evening and conference attendees can sign up for the sail at the registration table.  Space will be limited, so please let us know when you register if you would like to attend the sail. The ships will board near the conference hotel, but will drop you off closer to the downtown area of San Pedro so you can enjoy a nice free evening out on the town!

Another thanks to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.  They will be offering free admission to all attendees throughout the conference.  Just flash your badge.  It’s a nice long walk from the hotel, but an Uber or Lyft will only run you about 5 dollars.

Airport transportation –  We recommend an Uber or Lyft to San Pedro, however there are shuttles you can arrange from the airport.   We have started a post on our facebook page, if you would like to reach out to others to try and carpool.

LOOKING FOR SOME FUN THINGS TO DO AROUND TOWN? WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!

Here are some links and ideas in the San Pedro area:
Only a 30-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles, the LA Waterfront boasts a bustling cruise center serving destinations to the popular Mexican Riviera and beyond, walkable destinations like Battleship IOWA and Los Angeles Maritime Museum, and a short drive to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Cabrillo Beach for public swimming, boating and fishing. In downtown San Pedro, you’ll find historical landmarks, parks, museums, one-of-a-kind art galleries, shops and restaurants  — all within a one-mile-radius. Visit lawaterfront.org for more information.

Take advantage of the Hilton complimentary shuttle service.  It’s on a first come, first serve basis, but all you have to do is arrange your request with the front desk.  All of these places below are in the shuttle radius.

CRAFTED/PORT OF LA  –  A former warehouse transformed into a public marketplace of hand-crafted treasures.  Open every Friday-Sunday 11am-6pm.  See http://craftedportla.org 

Whale Watching out of the Port – Sunday, Feb. 24, 8-noon.  Daily whale watching through April 15 from various locations. www.CabrilloMarineAquarium.org

Events around town – Grand Vision Foundation, in San Pedro, California, is a non-profit organization which sponsors revitalization projects and special events at the Warner Grand Theatre and Grand Annex.  For upcoming events at the historic Warner Grand Theater and Grand Annex on 6th St. in San Pedro:  www.grandvision.org 

NANCY’S FAVORITE LOCAL MAP OF WHERE TO GO!  – We’re in Nancy Richardson’s home town and this amazing lady knows her San Pedro history.  This online interactive map highlights many cool places to visit with some great information.  We will also have some local information for you at the registration table!   Click here to go to the map!  Have fun!

Point Fermin Park and Lighthouse –  Not far from our hotel are some of the best views of the ocean and on a good day,  Catalina Island.  The Marine Mammal Care Center of LA is also nearby.  Click here for information on the lighthouse.

 

Wednesday General Session- Harassment in the Tall Ships Workforce: Survey Results

Wednesday General Session

Harassment in the Tall Ships Workforce: Survey Results

Presenters
Margaret Huebner, Human Resource Management consultant
Dr. Kathleen Moore, James Madison University
Deborah Love, Esq.,  Robert Jenkins & Associates Law Firm

Last year’s conference included a session on harassment in the workplace. Subsequently, members were surveyed to explore how harassment manifests in the Tall Ships community and perceptions about how it is handled. The survey instrument was modelled on the survey on climate and culture deployed by Cornell University. In this session, Dr. Kathleen Moore will present an analysis of the survey responses and highlight the themes and issues that emerged. The presentation of results will be followed by a panel discussion about the implications for the Tall Ships community and relevant examples and ideas for how to address harassment when it is present in the onboard, shoreside or other workplace environment. Deborah Love and Margaret Huebner will discuss their workplace experience and provide examples of when incidences have occurred and how they were addressed. The discussion will offer resources to create an environment conducive to reporting and responding to harassment as well as preventing harassment from occurring.

 

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Career executive in Human Resources Management, Ms. Huebner had an extensive career in maritime and supply logistics industries for nearly 20 years and another 20 years in defense/aerospace manufacturing. She spent nearly a decade in the Middle East, working in Oman and Kuwait.  Now retired, she is actively involved in philanthropic work through Hope In Life Foundation.  She is a graduate of Claremont Graduate University with an M.S. in Human Resources Design. She currently resides in Las Vegas.

 

Kathleen Moore

Kathleen is an Assistant Professor of Intelligence Analysis at James Madison University’s School of Integrated Sciences specializing in social media analysis, cyber intelligence, Dark Web, and Information Warfare. She has provided social media and crisis consultation throughout the tall ship industry, and when time permits, Kathleen is a volunteer deckhand and ship’s cook.

 

Deborah Love

Deborah Love, Esq. – Ms. Love is an associate at Robert Jenkins and Associates, Law Firm, where she is practicing criminal law and handling Title IX cases. She is also an adjunct instructor at Tulane’s Freeman School of Business and is pursuing her Master’s degree. For almost 14 years, Ms. Love served as Tulane University’s Vice President for Institutional Equity. Before her appointment at Tulane, she served as the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Ms. Love has provided advice and consultation to numerous educational institutions, businesses, and organizations. She has presented on a wide range of human relations and organizational behavior subjects such as, understanding and mitigating the effects of unconscious biases, preventing discrimination and harassment in the workplace and academic environment, identifying and preventing sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, reducing workplace conflict, developing leadership and management skills that support inclusive and equitable environments, conducting Title IX investigations and reporting requirements, improving gender equity and race relations, designing and implementing best recruitment and hiring practices, building cross-cultural competencies, and many others.

Ms. Love is an alumna of Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. Love earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi’s School of Law.  She completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Development Program and is a graduate of the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Bryn Mawr Summer Leadership Institute.

 

 

Focus Session – It’s on The List: From Worklist to Completed Project

It’s on The List: From Worklist to Completed Project

Presenters
Captain Patrick Flynn, consultant
Captain Sarah Hirsch,  Bluewater Safety, LLC

Handout: It’s on the List – Cloud Based Tools

Third-party surveys, internal rig inspections, crew handover notes… we don’t lack for ways to generate worklists. What systems do you have to prioritize, plan, track and accomplish these repairs? What can be done by the crew vs. outside professionals, and what role do volunteers play? Do you have your own facility to do maintenance or rely entirely on shipyards? Are maintenance periods built into your schedule? Where does plan approval from the CG kick in? How do you record repairs, paper logbooks or computer database (or both)?

 

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Patrick Flynn has 30+ years experience in the industry and has worked as shipwright on the construction of Kalmar Nyckel and Jeanne Johnson, as well as major repairs on numerous vessels. For 6 years he served as Superintendent of Ships for the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild and has an unhealthy codependent relationship with a particular Portuguese Barkentine. Patrick has also sailed on over a dozen vessels of the Tall Ships America fleet including as Captain of William H Albury, Clearwater, and Amistad, among others.

Sarah H

Captain Sarah (Herard) Hirsch lives in San Diego, CA and runs Bluewater Safety, LLC, a company with clients all around the U.S. As an experienced vessel operator and project coordinator, Sarah works with organizations on project planning, training curriculum, safety management policy, and mainer licensing. In her spare time, she enjoys working as relief captain for the only year-round whale watching company in San Diego.