Get ready – Crew Grants are here!

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You get a crew grant! And you get a crew grant!

 

Conference Professional Development grants are available for the full 3-day Conference and Forum Day!

This year’s Conference Professional Development Grants are generously supported by United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Sailing Foundation and contributions to the Tall Ships America Liz Strojny Fund.

New this year: In addition to the remainder of the conference registration, the grant covers airfare up to $300 and three nights in a shared conference hotel room (shared with another grant recipient). The hotel expense will be paid directly by Tall Ships America and reimbursement for airfare will be made when receipts are presented.

Grant awardees are responsible for $100 of the full $595 conference registration.

Grants will be awarded to individuals from across the range of Tall Ships America member organizations. Member organizations can apply for a block grant to receive a percentage of the total available funds to allocate to a larger group of individuals from their eligible crew, volunteers or staff. Please contact Tall Ships America to inquire into the possibility of a block grant.

To be eligible for a Conference Professional Development grant candidates must:
• Be a Tall Ships America Individual or Crew 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 12 weeks within past 24 months.

Applications should be submitted by email to: manager@tallshipsamerica.org and include documentation (letter from captain or employer, record of sea time etc.) demonstrating that the applicant meets the above criteria.

Grants will be given until the funds are gone and will be considered on a first come basis.

Still need to Register for the conference? Go for it…

 

Safety Forum: Weather Basics for Up and Coming Tall Ship Sailors

Safety Under Sail Forum

Weather Basics for Up and Coming Tall Ship Sailors

Presenter: Joe Sienkiewicz,Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Ocean Prediction Center (OPC)

Existing weather, imminent weather, and future weather all must be taken into account for safe operation of any vessel, more so for a tall ship. This Safety Forum session will be in a discussion format with Q&A and address weather data sources, challenges of forecasting, best practices aboard ship whether a day sailor, coastal, or ocean program. The target audience will be sailors early in their tall ship career.

 

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Mr. Joseph Sienkiewicz is the Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch of the U.S. National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Ocean Prediction Center (OPC). The OPC has international responsibility for weather warnings and forecasts for large portions of the North Atlantic and North Pacific. Joe has worked in operational marine meteorology with NOAA for over 30 years. His professional interests include the use of satellite derived information to improve marine weather forecasts, explosively developing storms, and the application of weather information in marine operations. Joe is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College (B.S.) and University of Washington (M.S.). He held a USCG Unlimited Third Mate License and limited
tonnage Master’s License and worked 5 years as mate and relief captain on tugboats based in New York Harbor.

Focus Session: Updates to American Practical Navigator (Bowditch) concerning Weather

Focus Session

Updates to American Practical Navigator (Bowditch) concerning Weather

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

In 2016, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency put out a call to government agencies requesting interest in updating Bowditch. NOAA and Navy contributed to Parts 8, 9, and 10; Ice, Oceanography, and Meteorology, respectively. The hard copy version of Bowditch was published in the summer of 2019. Given the recent incidents of vessels impacted by heavy and extreme weather, this session will focus on the changes to Bowditch and related products available to aid in decision making. Several slides will also discuss findings from the first World Meteorological Organization – International Maritime Organization Extreme Maritime Weather Symposium held in London in late October.

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Mr. Joseph Sienkiewicz is the Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch of the U.S. National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Ocean Prediction Center (OPC). The OPC has international responsibility for weather warnings and forecasts for large portions of the North Atlantic and North Pacific. Joe has worked in operational marine meteorology with NOAA for over 30 years. His professional interests include the use of satellite derived information to improve marine weather forecasts, explosively developing storms, and the application of weather information in marine operations. Joe is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College (B.S.) and University of Washington (M.S.). He held a USCG Unlimited Third Mate License and limited
tonnage Master’s License and worked 5 years as mate and relief captain on tugboats based in New York Harbor.

Don’t forget, Early Bird Registration ends TODAY, November 15th. Make sure you register to save $100!

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Gentle Reminder…Early Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow

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I feel it’s going to be a long winter. In Rhode Island, we don’t usually get truly wintery weather until January. But these past few days we’ve been experiencing an arctic blast and it’s been a rude adjustment. Thank goodness we had the foresight to schedule our annual conference in Florida! And thank goodness you have the foresight to register early and save $100!

Early registration ends tomorrow (Friday!)

Drag out those Teva’s and your SunBum. Find your snorkel and arm floaties*. We are going to the beach!

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All of the blissful yes. Photo credit Tradewinds Resort

 

This year’s conference theme is one that is affecting us all – Tall Ships for the 21st Century: The workforces and workplaces of a modern tall ships and sail training industry

What does our industry offer the modern world and how do we remain resilient in a dynamic environment? Sessions address vessel operations, regulatory issues, coast guard licensing, administration and management, educational programming, safety at sea, media relations, marketing, funding, and port event organization.

Once you register, you can reserve your hotel room at the discounted group rate (be sure to change the dates on the reservation page, they tend to default to today’s date).

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*Sshhhhh…Maybe you should pack a Hawaiian shirt, too….

 

Early Bird Registration ends Nov. 15

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FRIDAY!!

It’s that time of year when you have to make lists, and lists of those lists. Lists! One thing that you can cross off is registering for the annual conference. Join us in sandy St. Pete’s Beach, Florida, February 17-21. I mean, look at this hotel!

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Photo c/o Tradewinds Island Resort

This year’s conference theme is –

Tall Ships for the 21st Century: The workforces and workplaces of a modern tall ships and sail training industry

What does our industry offer the modern world and how do we remain resilient in a dynamic environment? Sessions address vessel operations, regulatory issues, coast guard licensing, administration and management, educational programming, safety at sea, media relations, marketing, funding, and port event organization.

If you register before Friday, November 15th, you will save $100 off the registration price. Register today!

Focus Session: Insurance Coverage for Employees: Knowledge is Power

Focus Session

Insurance Coverage for Employees: Knowledge is Power

Speakers: Chris Richmond, Allen Insurance & Financial
Dan Wyman, Allen Insurance & Financial

Employee retention is so important these days. Insurance can play a key role in keeping your team healthy – or in the case of a workplace injury – getting them back on the job.

INJURY: Your employees often have a variety of responsibilities, on the water and on the shore. Insurance coverage (Jones Act/ USL&H) for a workplace injury depends on where the injury occurred. Because employees are entitled to submit a claim whether or not you have the relevant coverage, it is important to understand these coverages and who is eligible for what and under what circumstances.

HEALTH: Innovative self-insured plan designs can help both large and small groups manage costs and avoid federal Affordable Care Act taxes. Combining a self-insured plan with a Health Savings Account or a Health Reimbursement Arrangement can protect employees from high health care expenses and save employers money. Learn whether this option is right for your organization.

Dan Wyman

Dan Wyman

A Maine native, Dan is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Maine School of Law, where he was an Editor of the Maine Law Review. He practiced law with the Portland firm of Richardson & Troubh, specializing in insurance litigation, and represented employers throughout Maine. His work included multiple appearances before the Maine Supreme Court.
For the past 15 years, Dan has worked in the Camden office of Allen Insurance & Financial. As a group benefits broker and consultant, Dan works with customers throughout New England on their group benefits plans. As Allen’s benefits department manager, he oversees a staff of brokers and support personnel that advise and support close to 500 employers.
Dan is on the Advisory Council of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, where he was a Captain/instructor in the School’s sea program, and is a member of the Town of Appleton Planning Board.

Chris Richmond

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Chris Richmond is an able-bodied seaman and former schooner captain. He holds a USCG 100-ton Near Coastal Masters license and AB with sail endorsement. He has captained the schooners Roseway, Appledore II, Mercantile and Mistress and was chief mate aboard the schooners New Way and Bill of Rights. As a licensed insurance producer in Maine, holding the Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) and Associate in General Insurance (AINS) designations, Chris now works with his colleagues in Maine and elsewhere to help manage the risks and safety challenges he knows so well.

Chris is a graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C and the Marine Systems Program at The Landings School in Arundel, Maine, and now serves on that school’s program advisory committee. He has also worked for Mastervolt USA and Victron Energy as North American Sales Manager. Chris lives in Camden, Maine with his wife and three children and is currently finishing off a 32’ Atkin ‘Eric”.

Don’t forget, early registration ends on November 15th! 

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Focus Session: Going Beyond “Learning by Doing”: Teaching to Our Goals with Intention

Focus Session

Going Beyond “Learning by Doing”: Teaching to Our Goals with Intention

Speaker: Captain Dan McKenzie, Schooner Brilliant, Mystic Seaport Museum, 

One of the most basic experiential education premises is that a student learns best by doing and participating in experiences. In a marine biology program that may look like an aquarium on deck while students get to hold the fish while a deckhand discusses lateral lines. In seamanship it means putting students hands on lines and eyes on sails so they can see what they are doing. But what about those skills that aren’t being able to explain the purpose of a fish’s gills or the differences between upwind and downwind sailing? In this workshop we’ll discuss the problems around teaching the soft skills that so many of our programs say we develop in students. We’ll establish the “what” of our soft skill goals and using experiences from around the room and from research the “how” we achieve them. You can expect to come out of this workshop not only with tools for program delivery but also material that can be included in fundraising efforts.

Speaker Biography

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I learned to sail when I was young but never LEARNED how to sail until I first boarded Spirit of Massachusetts. I have been sailing aboard a variety of sail training ships for over 10 years ranging from daysail boats with marine ecology focuses to semester long high school and college voyaging programs. Through all of these experiences I developed a passion for the education programming that led me to pursue a Master’s in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University. I now have the pleasure of being the captain of the schooner Brilliant out of Mystic Seaport Museum where I am able to experiment with program design and development. I’m also taking donations towards a boat panda!

Don’t forget, early registration ends November 15th!

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