2017 Annual Conference Sessions: A Guide

44th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships 2017
February 8-10, 2017
Boston, MA – Boston Seaport Hotel

Final Attendee List 2 14 2017

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Tuesday, February 7
1600 – 1800   Registration
1700 – 1800   Meet and Greet Reception – Sponsored by the Boston Seaport Hotel
1800 – 2100   Dinner on your own
2100 –             Mariner’s Pub Trivia

Wednesday, February 8: Forums
0700 – 1615  Educators and Administrators Forum
0700 – 0745 Breakfast and Registration
0745 – 0800 Welcome and Introductions
0800 – 0930 Session 1: Coping with Stress and Depression: How Program Leaders Can Help Themselves and Their Students [presentation available]
0930 – 1000 Refreshment Break
1000 – 1130  Session 2: “Mirror, Mirror on the wall”: Understanding and developing the role of facilitated self-reflection in sail-training programs
1130 – 1230 Lunch
1230 – 1400 Session 3: Strategies for Individual Fundraising: Drew McMullen
1400 – 1415 Break
1415 – 1500 Session 4: Communicating with impact philanthropists [presentation available]
1500 – 1545 Session 5: Fireside Chat with the Experts – open and honest answers about funding
1545 –  1615 Refreshment Break
1615 – 1730 Session 6: Presentations! How to get and hold their attention: Bryan Bissell
1730 – 1800 Closing Comments
1900 – 2100 Welcome Reception sponsored by Sail Boston® and the Greater Boston CVB

0700 – 1615  Safety Under Sail Forum
0700 – 0745 Breakfast and Registration
0745 – 0800 Welcome and Introductions
0800 – 0930 Session 1: Revisiting Ship Stability
0930 – 1000 Refreshment Break
1000 – 1130 Session 2: Risk Management – Developing Policies and Identifying Gaps in Sail Training Operations 

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1130 – 1230 Lunch
1230 – 1400 Session 3: Fatigue aboard Sail Training Vessels: Sea Education Association’s Case Study
1400 – 1415 Break
1415 – 1500 Session 4: Examining the Impact of Fatigue beyond Watchstanding
1500 1545 Session 5: Moderated Open Forum
1545 – 1615 Refreshment Break
1830 – 2030 Welcome Reception sponsored by Sail Boston® and the Greater Boston CVB

1230 – 1615 Ports Seminar sponsored by Pearsco Solutions, Inc. – by invitation only
1230 -1300 
Welcome and General Updates
1300 – 1400  Session 1: Beyond the Table Top: Security discussion in today’s fragile world – Steve Sutch, Pearsco Solutions
1400 – 1415 Break
1415 – 1500 Session 2: Strategic Philanthropy Workshop/Corporate Sponsorship fireside chat: Honest questions, honest answers
1500 – 1600 Session 3: Lessons Learned: New and old ports share key learnings
1600-1615 Refreshment break

1615 – 1800 RDV 2017 Ships and Ports Session – Open to all interested in participating in the Rendez – Vous 2017 Tall Ships® Regatta
a. Port Presentations – Charleston, Boston, Halifax, Quebec City and outports
b. Races – Charleston to Bermuda; Bermuda to Boston; Boston to Canada
c. Presentation from Boston Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection
d. Update on new security regulations for Canada
1830 – 2030 Welcome Reception sponsored by Sail Boston® and the Greater Boston CVB

Thursday, February 9: Conference
0700 – 1715 Focus Sessions
0700 – 0800 Breakfast and Registration
0800 – 0815 Opening Remarks
0815 – 0830 Mayor’s Welcome
0830 – 0900 Keynote Address: Tim Runyan 

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0900 -0905 Housekeeping
0905 – 0915 Break
0915 – 1045 General Session: New Developments at Tall Ships America
1045 – 1115 Refreshment Break

1115 – 1230      FOCUS SESSION 1
F1A Dock Visits – Is your ship ready to visit, and is your port ready to receive them? 

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F1B HR for Marine Operators
F1C Limitless: How today’s disabled and veteran communities can become inspiring  participants in sail training
F1D Maritime Heritage Showcase A: Constitution, Ernestina, Adventure

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1230 – 1415
Lunch – sponsored by G. H. Laco & Associates

1415 – 1530     FOCUS SESSIONS 2
F2A  A Look to the Future: Emerging Tech-Driven Trends and their Coming Impact on your Events 

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F2B Bound for Cuba: Challenges and opportunities for sail training programs voyaging to the Pearl of the Antilles 

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F2C Implementing Coast Guard Navigation and Inspection Circular 02-16: “Inspection Guidance for Sail Rigging and Masts on Inspected Sail Vessels

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F2D Material Aquisition for Vessel Construction and Restoration
1530 – 1600 Refreshment Break

1600 – 1715      FOCUS SESSIONS 3
F3A Bringing the Experience Aboard to the World via Video 

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F3B Keep Your Coverage: Ways you might be exposed/uncovered without even knowing it 

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F3C Navigating the Regulatory Seas
F3D Working with Gold Star Teens: Honoring Heroes and Healing Hearts
1715 –  Free Time
1730-2030: SEA (Sea Education Association) Reception

Friday, February 10: Conference
0700 – 1700 Focus Sessions
0700 – 0800 Registration
0700 – 0800 Breakfast sponsored by Ships Coy Forge
0800 – 0900 General Session At Sea Training Using the Auxiliary Sail Vessel Operations Textbook – Captain Andy Chase [documents available]
0900 – 0905  Housekeeping
0905 -0930  Break

0930 – 1045        FOCUS SESSIONS 4
F4A Moderated Discussion Group: Business Planning
F4B  Weather Considerations for Transiting the Western Atlantic in the Fall and Spring – Joe Sienkiewicz

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F4C  Education Program Showcase
1. Falmouth Schools
2. Boothbay Sea and Science Center
3. U.S. Sailing
4. United States Power Squadron
F4D TBD
1045 – 1115  Refreshment Break sponsored by Ships Coy Forge

1115 – 1230         FOCUS SESSIONS 5
F5A Cognitive Bias and Decision Making
F5B No Berth Unsold!

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F5C  The Importance of Experiential Event Branding: Create Attendee Impact
F5D Maritime Heritage Showcase B: Wavertree, Elissa
1230 – 1300
Lunch Buffet
1300 – 1430  Annual Meeting
1430 – 1445 Break

1445 – 1600        FOCUS SESSIONS 6
F6A  RDV 2017
F6B  Medical Care Aboard Ship: Meeting regulatory requirements and managing risk
F6C  Hot Topics in Ocean Literacy and Marine Science [presentations available]
1. Tiffany Smyth, URI – Climate Change
2. Shelley Brown, Sailors for the Sea – Rainy Day Kits
3.  Rachael Miller, Rozalia Project – Microfiber Pollution and Solutions
F6D  Program Showcase: Oliver Hazard Perry, San Salvador, Piscataqua Maritime Commission [presentations available]
1600 – 1630   Refreshment Break sponsored by Ships Coy Forge
1630 – 1700 Closing Comments
1700 – 1800 Free time
1800 – 1900  Cocktails (cash bar)
1900 – 2400 Gala Awards Dinner sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial
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Snow at the Seaport

Raise your hand if you sailed in Harvey Gamage
Raise your hand if you sailed in Harvey Gamage

Our conference started off on a high note with the New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl. The low came during the middle of the week when Boston was hit by a doozy of a snow storm stranding several people at airports. But, and thank goodness for technology, we were able to Skype in speakers and shuffle around a few sessions to accommodate late arrivals. As long as there is coffee, sailors are nothing if not amenable to a few fluctuations in a plan.

And so, we gathered in snowy Boston to discuss that which we love best – sailing, sail training and tall ships. Once again, we were able to offer Crew Grants funded through the Liz Strojny Memorial Fund. We had people from as far away as Hawaii (sorry for the snow, guys!) make the trek to join us. You can view the agenda here and photos are posted on our flickr page.

On the last night of the conference, Prom Night, we had our annual TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Awards and Sail Training Awards. All of the winners were nominated by their peers. During some the presentations, it was hard to keep your composure as the accolades of the recipients were read out loud. Hearing how these people and programs have changed lives is incredibly inspiring and renews our passion for sail training and tall ships. Below is a list of the winners – Congratulations to everyone! Continue reading

Bring your game face and your useless knowledge

trivia-night

That’s right, nerds! Pub Trivia is BACK! Are you a fount of useless information and arcane facts? This night is for you!

Join us Tuesday, February 7th 9:00pm at the Tamo Bistro and Bar in the Seaport Hotel. Brian Holmen and Erin Short will be your quizmasters.  The grand prize will be the respect of your fellow sailors and bragging rights for the rest of the conference.

We are limiting team size to six people but there is no limit to how many teams we can have. You just have to have a witty name (make it good, people) and show up.  Help us kick off the 44th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships!

Focus Session: Program Showcase – San Salvador, Oliver Hazard Perry

Program Showcase B

Presentations (PDF)
San Salvador Goes to Sea
Oliver Hazard Perry

Showcase 1: San Salvador Goes to Sea
Presenter: Dr. Ray Ashley

This presentation will cover the background of building the galleon San Salvador, including the construction, launching, rigging, certification, and training of the crew for the seven-week Pacific Heritage Tour.

Dr. Ray Ashley
Dr. Ray Ashley

Dr. Raymond Ashley is President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Growing up locally, he became director of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in 1995. He holds a BA in Anthropology from UCSD, a MA in Maritime History and Museum Studies from East Carolina University, and a PhD in History from Duke University, specializing in the history of science, technology and medicine. He has taught courses in history and archeology at UCSD and USD, has published papers in American Neptune and a number of other professional journals, and writes a column for the Maritime Museum’s peer reviewed journal Mains’l Haul.

Dr. Ashley has been sailing for most of his life since spending his senior year in high school on the schooner Westward and has sailed, built, restored, renovated and preserved ships for many years before he came to the Maritime Museum and in the years since. He is a licensed captain for sail, steam and auxiliary vessels of 200 tons domestic (500 tons international) registry, is the Star of India’s  navigator and sails as relief captain for the other vessels of the Museum’s active fleet including the State tall ship Californian, steam yacht Medea, Swift Boat PCF 816, Pilot and most recently, the galleon San Salvador.

Dr. Ashley is a member of many civic and professional organizations and serves or has served on the Boards of the Council of American Maritime Museums, Sea Education Association of Woods Hole, MA, the North American Society for Oceanic History, the Nautical Research Guild editorial board, the American Sail Training Association, Cabrillo Festival, the San Diego Port Tenants Association, the World Ship Trust, and is President of the American Ship Trust. In 2007, Dr. Ashley was Conference Chair for the Eighth International Maritime Heritage Conference, hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

In 2014 Dr. Ashley was recognized with lifetime achievement awards by both the Maritime Alliance in San Diego, and the International Maritime Heritage Alliance, for the construction of the Galleon San Salvador. He lives in Chula Vista with his wife Carlynn (with whom he once sailed a 25’ boat through the South Pacific).

 Showcase 2: Oliver Hazard Perry
Presenter:   Chris Dimock, Operations Manager

After a successful first season of programs in New England, America’s brand new Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry, will be broadening her route down the east coast of the US and setting her sights for the open ocean, heading to Florida, Bermuda and Cuba in the spring. With our 2017 route covering an impressive 14,000 nautical miles, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will then sail north this summer, across the Arctic Circle and into the Northwest Passage. This voyage has many dimensions. Primarily to partner with the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography and David Clark Inc. (funded by the National Science Foundation) to conduct ground breaking research on the effects of climate change in the Arctic Regions of the Northwest Passage. There is also a prominent educational aspect to this with high school, undergraduate and graduate students joining the ship as our trainees to sail the vessel into the passage and build on leadership and communication skills, while also assisting scientists with their research. There is also a public awareness aspect through David Clark’s documentary and the live daily video feeds that will be relayed through the Inner Space Center at URI to museums. This is just 5 weeks of a 4 ½ month expedition. The ship will leave Newport on June 15 and return at the end of October. We are currently in the application process for recruiting our 17 professional crew. A minimum of 11 of our 17 professional crew will hold USCG licenses. 2017 is set to be a historic year for Oliver Hazard Perry.

Captain Chris Dimock
Chris Dimock

 

Chris Dimock learned how to sail at the age of 7 and has never looked back since. He raced competitive, modern sailboats in Rhode Island for years without ever seeing a tall ship. One day at a college fair, he ran across a poster of the schooner Bowdoin sailing offshore, which lead him to a degree from Maine Maritime Academy, and formal training in vessel operations. He has worked on tugboats, ferries, and yachts, but has always returned to the traditional sail training world. Chris has sailed on tall ships such as the Bowdoin, Harvey Gamage, Westward, Robert Seamans, Corwith Cramer, and AJ Meerwald.

 

Focus Session – Education Program Showcase

Education Program Showcase

Showcase 1: Falmouth Schools
Presenter: Jonathan L Radtke  

A representative from Falmouth (Maine) Public Schools discussing how sail training programs can provide high school credit for week-long programs 

Jonathan Radtke
Jonathan Radtke

Jon Radtke has been an avid sailor since college.   Jon was the founding partner of Maine’s first successful commercial assistance towing organization as well as the founding operations manager for Portland’s first amphibious tour operation.  In addition to his marine related pursuits, Jon has been a high school social studies teacher for 25 years and the assistant principal at Falmouth High School outside of Portland for five years.  A graduate of Colby College, Jon earned a master’s degree from Harvard University and currently holds a 100 ton near coastal license.

Showcase 2: Putting the Sea in Science: An Integrated Approach
Presenter: Pauline Dion

Boothbay Sea and Science Center (BSSC) is a community sea and science education center offering innovative, experiential and affordable education programs to youth ages 5 to 17. BSSC opens doors of opportunity in STEM fields through boating and marine sciences, creating career pathways and instilling lifelong skills. BSSC began in 2011 as a community collaboration, with local marine-based businesses, schools, social service agencies, state marine research agencies, museums, and community volunteers. A principle partner is Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The Boothbay Sea and Science Center has provided unique innovative programs for 4 years, carefully adapting as enrollment grew. BSSC is transitioning to a year-round program with new school-based programs.

Pauline Dion
Pauline Dion

 

Pauline T. Dion is a passionate lifelong sailor, Pauline is the Founder, President and acting Executive Director of the Boothbay Sea and Science Center.  Established in June of 2012, BSSC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Pauline received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (with an emphasis in Adult Oncology) from Salve Regina College, and earned a Masters Degree with an emphasis in Nursing Education from Boston College School of Nursing. She has served as a Clinical Nursing Instructor at several hospitals including St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (Brighton, MA), Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA), and Maine Medical Center (Portland, ME). Pauline held nursing faculty positions at Westbrook Junior College, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing, Bosotn College and MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Pauline Dion is a champion of non-profit advancement, having held fundraising chairmanships for a number of organizations including Daylight Children’s Center, American Cancer Society, Little Red Schoolhouse, Williamstown Elementary School, Leukemia Society, Boothbay Region YMCA, Boothbay Region Land Trust, Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Junior Program Foundation, Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund, Boothbay Region Community Resources Council, Camp Sunshine, Boothbay Harbor Rendezvous.

She is currently serving on the boards of First Radio Parish Church of America/Daily Devotions, Maine Preservation and the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library. Pauline chaired the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Junior Sailing and Tennis programs from 2005 to 2012. Pauline, born and raised in Minot, Maine as one of eight children, currently resides in East Boothbay, Maine.

Showcase 3: US Sailing
Presenter: Jessica Servis

US Sailing’s REACH program, and how they were able to integrate it into the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Series during the summer of 2016 in the Great Lakes.

Showcase 4: “Welcome to the  US Power Squadron Neighborhood!”
Presented by: Don Stark and Shirley Heald

Cooperative education opportunities aboard and ashore with United States Power Squadrons.

 

Don Stark
Don Stark

 

Donald Stark, United States Power Squadrons Liaison to Tall Ships America is a life member of USPS and a life time boater.  In his professional life Don spent 32 years in secondary and adult education. He has 3 sailboats including a gaff-rigged catboat and sails on the waters of the Great Lakes and Coastal North Carolina. Don is a member of the National Safe Boating Council.  Don is a Past Commander of the South Hills Power Squadron (Pittsburgh),  Past Commander of District 7(Ohio and Western Pennsyvania) and a Past Staff Commander of the Safety Committee.

Shirley Heald
Shirley Heald

 

 Rear Commander Shirley D. Heald, Advance Pilot, United States Power Squadrons R/C Shirley D. Heald, AP is currently Chair of the USPS National Program Partner Relations Committee.  She has also served on a National Level as Staff Commander of the National Leadership Development Committee and as a Committee Member of the National Safety Committee. Shirley served as District Commander of District 21 in 2009-2010, and as Commander of the Dallas Sail and Power Squadron in 1996-1997. She currently holds the grade of  Advance Pilot and Coastal Navigator in the new USPS on the water certification program. Shirley lives in Dallas, TX where she is a member of and boats with the  Dallas Sail and Power Squadron.  As a sailor, she has chartered and sailed in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Maine, Chesapeake Bay, and the Texas Gulf Coast.  Shirley is currently retired from a long career in sales in the transportation and logistics industry , with Sea-Land and Ryder Transportation Services and enjoys sailing, playing golf, kick boxing, traveling, and playing bridge and Mahjong.

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Safety Under Sail Forum: Examining the Impact of Fatigue Beyond Watchstanding

Examining the Impact of Fatigue Beyond Watchstanding

Fatigue is a reduction in efficiency or a developed weakness due to over-exertion.  Aboard ship this can occur not just as a result of the physical demands we place on our bodies and lack of rest, that are a result of 24/7 underway operations,  but can develop when we fail to recognize when we create working environments that don’t promote sustainable lifestyles, be it aboard multi-sail daysail boats, or educational coastal voyages that anchor every night.  This session will provide exercises for small group work for similar program type operators, that will facilitate the identification of fatigue trends and work toward developing strategies for mitigation.

Presented by
Captain Virginia Land McGuire Ed. M, Associate Dean for Financial Aid and Student Services, Associate Professor of Nautical Science, Sea Education Association
Captain Rick Miller, Associate Professor of Marine Transportation, Maine Maritime Academy

Captain Virginia Land McGuire
Captain Virginia Land McGuire

Captain Virginia Land McGuire, Ed M, is the Associate Dean for Financial Aid and Student Services, at Sea Education Association, where she has also served as Associate Professor of Nautical Science since 2000.  She holds a 1600ton Ocean Master’s License for Steam, Motor and Auxiliary Sail Vessels and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician with wilderness designation.  Prior to her appointment to the faculty, she served as Master of a number of Tall Ships including TOLE MORE, LIBERTY CLIPPER and OCEAN STAR. Her professional areas of research include Medical Care in Remote Environments, Meteorology and Teaching and Learning Styles.  She resides on Cape Cod with her family.

Captain Rick Miller
Captain Rick Miller

Captain Richard (Rick) Miller is a Professor of Marine Transportation at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. His classes of instruction include Terrestrial Navigation (Coastal Piloting), Celestial Navigation, Seamanship, Meteorology, and Marine Weather Routing. Small sailing boats on Barnegat Bay New Jersey were the foundation for a career on the water. Rick earned his bachelor degree from Springfield College and a Master of Science in Education from Capella University. He has successfully blended his academic training as an educator with his passion for sailing for more than 30 years, sailing on a number of sail training vessels and with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. In 2008 he was master aboard Maine Maritime Academy’s schooner Bowdoin for a training expedition to the Arctic along the west coast of Greenland. Rick continues to be active as a mariner, most recently sailing seasonally as a master for Sea Education Association in both the Atlantic and Pacific.

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Safety Under Sail: Risk Management-Developing Policies and Identifying Gaps in Sail Training Operations

Risk Management-Developing Policies and Identifying Gaps in Sail Training Operations

Presentation
Risk Management

In a time where vessel operations are directed by Federal and International Regulations, the move toward a more comprehensive culture of safety management compels us to develop within our own organizations comprehensive guidelines for how we operate.  Sail training programs often include activities beyond the scope of vessel operations but also require the same level of risk assessment and safety management. This session will feature small group discussion focused both on suggested topics as well as provide opportunity for audience members to discuss their own concerns and strategies for managing risk.

Presented by
Captain Rick Miller, Associate Professor of Marine Transportation, Maine Maritime Academy
Captain Jonathan Kabak, Director of Marine Operations, USMMA Sailing Foundation

Captain Rick Miller
Captain Rick Miller

Captain Richard (Rick) Miller is a Professor of Marine Transportation at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. His classes of instruction include Terrestrial Navigation (Coastal Piloting), Celestial Navigation, Seamanship, Meteorology, and Marine Weather Routing. Small sailing boats on Barnegat Bay New Jersey were the foundation for a career on the water. Rick earned his bachelor degree from Springfield College and a Master of Science in Education from Capella University. He has successfully blended his academic training as an educator with his passion for sailing for more than 30 years, sailing on a number of sail training vessels and with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. In 2008 he was master aboard Maine Maritime Academy’s schooner Bowdoin for a training expedition to the Arctic along the west coast of Greenland. Rick continues to be active as a mariner, most recently sailing seasonally as a master for Sea Education Association in both the Atlantic and Pacific.

Captain Jonathan Kabak
Captain Jonathan Kabak

A native of New York City, Captain Jonathan Kabak is the Director of Marine Operations for the USMMA Sailing Foundation where he coordinates vessel operations, maintenance and crewing.  After getting his start aboard Tall Ships as a young teenager, his diverse career in the Maritime Industry has included stints on Oceanographic Research Vessels, Workboats, High Performance Race Boats, and Academy Training Ships. He holds an Unrestricted STCW Ocean Master’s License and a 1600ton Ocean Masters License for Auxiliary Sail vessels.

When not underway, he works as a consultant, developing and delivering STCW and Maritime training curriculum and providing marine operations services. Jonathan is a member of Tall Ships Americas’ Board of Directors, serving as Chair of the Ship Operations and Safety Committee.  He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Jennifer, and their two children Olivia and Nathaniel.

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Safety Under Sail Forum: Fatigue aboard Sail Training Vessels: Sea Education Association’s Case Study

Fatigue aboard Sail Training Vessels: Sea Education Association’s Case Study

Workloads, rest & fatigue have been a focus of the merchant fleet during the past decade.  Many marine casualty investigations include fatigue as a contributing factor. Traditional sailing vessels often demand unique work schedules and watch rotations resulting in crew fatigue. Understanding the causes and effects of fatigue balanced by a realistic schedule for rest can improve your crew’s performance. SEA’s exploration of workloads, watch rotations, rest, and fatigue offer interesting insight into safe vessel operations.

Presented by
Captain Virginia Land McGuire Ed. M, Associate Dean for Financial Aid and Student Services, Associate Professor of Nautical Science, Sea Education Association

Captain Virginia Land McGuire
Captain Virginia Land McGuire

Captain Virginia Land McGuire, Ed M, is the Associate Dean for Financial Aid and Student Services, at Sea Education Association, where she has also served as Associate Professor of Nautical Science since 2000.  She holds a 1600ton Ocean Master’s License for Steam, Motor and Auxiliary Sail Vessels and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician with wilderness designation.  Prior to her appointment to the faculty, she served as Master of a number of Tall Ships including TOLE MORE, LIBERTY CLIPPER and OCEAN STAR. Her professional areas of research include Medical Care in Remote Environments, Meteorology and Teaching and Learning Styles.  She resides on Cape Cod with her family.

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