New Program Showcase
Mystic Seaport is undergoing a three year restoration of the Charles W. Morgan, the last surviving wooden whaling vessel in the world. Following the work, the Museum plans to sail the Morgan on a six week voyage in Southern New England waters.
The SAIL Champion program of the Maritime Heritage Alliance is a sailing program for at-risk youth in Northwest Michigan which takes place aboard a beautiful 39’ Fenwick Williams-designed and Concordia-built cutter. 4-5 youth participate each week with a Captain, MHA volunteer crew, and a licensed therapist on board. Youth learn to handle the boat, navigate, work as a team, take responsibility, and the many other positive behavioral values that come from sail training. Youth also receive individual 30-minute counseling sessions while under sail. This was found to be extremely helpful in processing their experiences and translating them to the world ashore. Significant reductions in quantity and intensity of symptoms were seen, and these changes seem to be enduring since their participation in the program.
VADM Tom Weschler, USN (Ret.)