Tabor Boy
Tabor Boy


Celebrating her 100th year at sea, the SSV Tabor Boy, and the sail training program onboard, is the subject of an exclusive 48-minute documentary in HD to be aired on WSBE Rhode Island PBS on December 28 at 9 pm.

The documentary was filmed and produced by Emmy award-winning videographer John Rice ’70 of Above the Line Programming. To learn about the Tabor Boy sail training program and its rich history, Rice did hours of research before joining the Tabor Boy captain and crew onboard last summer during our new student orientation voyages around Buzzards Bay, as well as on the student research trip last winter to the Caribbean. Rice’s beautiful footage of our local sailing waters and of sailing and diving in the clear waters of the Caribbean is reason alone to see the film.

Beyond the excellent and scenic sailing footage are powerful stories of accomplishment and leadership being taught through the Tabor Boy sail training program. Told through interviews of the captain, and past and current crew, these stories personalize the program’s history and the meaningful impact sail training has had on generations of Tabor students. Their enthusiasm for the vessel and the program is inspiring and uplifting.

John Quirk, Head of School, states, “Tabor Academy recognizes the value of our seaside location to enhance student learning in the broadest sense. The Tabor Boy program has played a major role in our school by the sea heritage since 1917. The program remains completely unique to our school and this film captures the spirit of the program in a way that will be of interest to anyone. It is a slice of American sailing history; a story about adventure and of real life lessons learned. The film shares our school’s mission in a clear and enduring way, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share it with the public.”

The film cleverly weaves the history of the schooner Tabor Boy, built as a North Sea Pilot Schooner in 1914 and arriving at Tabor in 1954, with her current use, masterfully sharing some very unique old photographs and stories of Tabor’s past sail training vessels and their captains’ alongside recent footage of today’s schooner powerfully sailing offshore in heavy seas with her competent captain and student crew.

About John Rice ’70 John Rice ’70 is the principal of Above the Line Programming, a full-service creative production company based in Hingham, MA. For over 30 years, the company has produced over 350 hours of engaging programming for network, cable, digital, commercial, non-profit and business television outlets. President and Executive Producer John Rice has won and been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for his work with Above the Line.


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