Session: Characteristics of an Effective Sail Training Program

(Developing a Generic Youth Development Program)

 Primary objectives in environmental education: Awakening wonder.    Prerequisites for effective environmental education (teacher prep for content, self-respect and community respect for stewardship.)   Complementary overlap for leadership/teambuilding programs and environmental education.   Creating challenge where none presents itself. Capturing and capitalizing on “A-ha” moments.   The critical role of masters and mates in effective sail training programs. Hiring and training of crew/instructors as a critical element of a successful program. Reflection as a core component of all types of programs.

Speakers: Jonathan Boulware, Jim Gladson, Nancy Richardson, Murry Henstock and CAPT Chris Sinnett

 Jonathan Boulware
Over the past 16 years Jonathan Boulware has worked in sail training vessels on both Pacific and Atlantic coasts including extensive experience in Northeast waters from Delaware Bay to Maine. He has served as Master, Mate, and Director of Marine Education for numerous programs including day environmental education, multi-week team building and leadership, and multi-month adjudication. He believes passionately in large sailing vessels as ideal platforms for all sorts of education and continues to work to refine and adapt programs and curriculum to the ever changing climate of experiential education.


Captain Boulware currently works as a program consultant and project manager for a variety of for-profit and non-profit clients that are developing new programs and endeavoring to reach new markets. He designs training programs for crew and staff, conducts in-service trainings for various program types, and works with youth programs both afloat and ashore to meet desired outcomes. In addition he is currently managing a refit of one education schooner and the complete rebuild of another.

He holds a USCG license for sailing vessels to 500 tons upon oceans. He lives in Branford, CT with his wife and young son.

Jim Gladson
Jim Gladson

Jim Gladson
Jim Gladson is founder and current President of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute.  Jim was born and raised in Southern California. He retired in December 1991 from the Los Angeles Unified School District where he had been employed since 1959 as a science teacher.  Jim has enjoyed a long history of successful innovative educational programs, both nationally and locally. Jim holds current California State K-12 Teaching & Administrative Credentials, and is licensed by the USCG to serve as Master of Passenger Carrying vessels, not over 100 Tons, propelled by Motor, Steam, or Sail.

 After playing a very active role in the development of the Alternative / Magnet School programs in Los Angeles, Jim originated, developed, and operated a sail training program using his own 42′ ketch.  During the 18 years (1973-1991) that this program operated Jim provided more than 9000 student days of on the water sail training instruction with Alternative School students.

 From December 1991 to the present Jim Gladson has been working full time, as a volunteer, to establish and operate the TopSail Youth Program.  This is an outreach sail training program for at-risk youths on board the twin Brigantines IRVING JOHNSON and EXY JOHNSON plus topsail schooners SWIFT of IPSWICH and BILL of RIGHTS, in San Pedro.

Murray Henstock
First got involved with sail training as a trainee on an 11-day voyage aboard STS Young Endeavour. Following this was employed by the HM Bark Endeavour foundation as the Crew Manager for the Bark Endeavour Replica. After sending the Bark Endeavour to the UK, Murray joined the Public Service and found his way back to the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme and has been the Voyage and Youth Development Coordinator for the last four years. Murray participated in the 2006 University of Edinburgh /STI study gathering data over a series of voyages whilst participating as an onboard observer and watch leader. Murray has developed and adapted the successful Young Endeavour Youth Development Program and has gone on to create other successful personal development programs for the youth scheme.

Nancy Richardson
Nancy Richardson

Nancy H. Richardson
Ask me about Tall Ships® Reflections Student Art Expo, throwing pebbles in the pool, and my love for making waves with tall ships. Started in sail training over 50 years ago as a Mariner Girl Scout, lots of water under my keel since, almost all volunteering except careers as a high school art teacher, a boatswain’s mate in US Coast Guard Reserve, and on Girl Scouts’ national staff.  Now retired, happily sailing twin brigantines Irving Johnson/ Exy Johnson, especially enjoying coordinating sailing with Girl Scout groups…and ‘Ancient Mariner’ reunions.

-ASTA Commodore (Co-chair in the 1980’s); Sail Tall Ships! Editor, editions 1-5; ASTA Guidelines for

-Educational Programs Under Sail Compiler; Sail Trg. & Education Committee Co-chair, etc.

-STI (& ISTA) Research Committee; LAMI interviewer;

-Los Angeles Maritime Institute TopSail Youth Program; Special Projects VP; Festival of Sail team

-Girl Scouts of the USA; marine education program specialist, pluralism and adult development      consultant; volunteer troop leader; lifetime member

-US Sailing, Training Committee

-National Marine Educators Association, founding Board of Directors, lifetime member

-National Maritime Historical Society, National Advisory Council

-Penn State University, BS in Art Education and Stanford University, MA in Art

CAPT Chris Sinnett
CAPT Chris Sinnett

CAPT Chris Sinnett, USCG
In his 25th year of active military service, Captain Chris Sinnett enters his third year as EAGLE’s Commanding Officer.  Prior to his current assignment, he spent two years on the Atlantic Area Staff in Portsmouth, Virginia.  His first year there was as Chief of the Operations Oversight Branch, which assigned operational cutter and aviation forces to prosecute the full range of Coast Guard missions.  During his second year there he stood up the newly created External Affairs Division, which brought the disciplines of Governmental Affairs, International Affairs & Public Affairs into one office for the first time. 

Captain Sinnett’s previous afloat assignments include Student Engineer aboard USCGC TANEY (WHEC 37) and then Damage Control Assistant aboard USCGC TAMPA (WMEC 902), both in Portsmouth, Virginia; Executive Officer of USCGC NAUSHON (WPB 1311) in Ketchikan, Alaska; Commanding Officer of USCGC MANITOU (WPB 1302) in Miami Beach Florida; Executive Officer of USCG Barque EAGLE (WIX 327) in New London, Connecticut; and Commanding Officer of USCGC SPENCER (WMEC 905) in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Captain Sinnett’s shore assignments include Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative at Naval Engineering Support Unit Miami, Florida; District Seven Law Enforcement Staff in Miami, Florida; and Military Liaison Officer to the Eastern Caribbean and senior military advisor to the U.S. Ambassador at the American Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Captain Sinnett is a 1983 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering.  He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Florida International University in Miami, and a Master of Arts in National Security & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. 

Captain Sinnett’s personal awards include the Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (four awards), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Sea Service Ribbon with three bronze stars.  Captain Sinnett was inducted into the Coast Guard Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2008, for his performance on the Sailing & Wrestling teams during his time as a cadet.




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