Focus Session: Sail Training Program Showcase

Sail Training Program Showcase

South Passage-Adventure under Sail
Oliver Hazard Perry
Warrior Sailing Program

South Passage- Adventure under Sail
Russell Shaw, President, South Passage-Adventure under Sail

A sustainable sail training model from down under. An analysis of the history and features that make South Passage – Adventure under Sail’s business model sustainable.

Russell Shaw
Russell Shaw
Russell’s first contact with South Passage–Adventure under Sail was in January 2007 when he spent a week of his annual holidays sailing on South Passage as a paying passenger on her annual voyage north from Sydney to Brisbane. A 50th birthday present to himself. He was so taken with the ship he signed up as a member during the voyage. In common with most volunteer organizations anyone who shows a little interest is immediately welcomed with open arms and potentially targeted for special treatment. Not that Russell needed any special treatment to get involved. He had found his niche.
An opportunity to combine his love of all things sailing with his professional skills as a manager in a package that enabled him to give something back to the community. An ideal convergence at a time when his own children were setting out on their own and he was looking for that elusive something to fill the void. From paying passenger, to South Passage member, to trainee Watchleader, to Management Committee Member, to organisations President, to Watchleader, to conference presenter. A most satisfying voyage.

Launching Life’s Adventure: Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island
Jessica Wurzbacher, Executive Director, Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island
Captain Richard Bailey, Oliver Hazard Perry

Why build a Tall Ship from scratch at the beginning of the twenty-first century? An ocean-going full-rigged ship hasn’t been attempted in these United States since 1904. SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, now in its final stages of construction in Rhode Island, is exactly that: a 500-ton, three-masted vessel, with square sails on all three masts, the tallest being 130 feet over the water. She takes her name from the Rhode Island-born hero of the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, whose pivotal victory was achieved beneath a flag emblazed with the words Don’t Give Up the Ship! And similarly, Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, the nonprofit responsible for the ships construction, won’t give up the value of a Tall Ship. Though the heyday of the full-rigged ship may be past, the labor-intensive rig is prime training in the character values that will never be made obsolete.

Jess Wurzbacher
Jess Wurzbacher

Jess Wurzbacher is the Executive Director for the Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, she joined the team in 2012 finding her perfect niche for life on land after over ten years of global adventures after leaving England shortly after graduation. Previously she was the Chief Scientist and Program Manager for Sea|mester for 6 years, sailing 40,000nm with students aboard Argo and Ocean Star, crossing the Indian Ocean and Atlantic, Cape of Good Hope, Mediterranean & Caribbean. Prior to this she conducted a variety of marine conservation projects in Fiji, the Bahamas, Tobago, Indonesia & the Seychelles. She has taught Biology at Roger Williams University and also taught at the high school level at the Island School in the Bahamas, an inquiry based high school semester program.

Captain Richard Bailey
Captain Richard Bailey

Richard Bailey is the designated captain of Oliver Hazard Perry. He was the long-time captain of HMS Rose, America’s only Class A-size, ocean-going Sailing School Vessel, and sailed that ship to Europe and back, to Labrador and the Caribbean, and to the Pacific coast of Mexico, where he managed the ship during the making of the film Master and Commander. With OHPRI, his wide-ranging duties include roles in the design work, dealing with governmental regulators, conducting historical research, writing a Captain’s Blog for the OHPRI web site, crafting a sail training manual, providing advice and insight on education, public relations, and fundraising, and much more. He has also sailed as captain of a number of square-rigged vessels including most recently the barquentine Gazela Primeiro as well as numerous schooners and smaller sail training vessels. He holds a Master of Sail/Oceans/1600 tons license.

The Warrior Sailing Program
Ben Poucher, Director of the Warrior Sailing Program and Assistant Director of the USMMA Sailing Foundation Inc.
The Warrior Sailing Program’s (WSP) mission is to introduce wounded, ill and injured active duty military and veterans to the sport of sailing. It is a program of the (USMMA) Sailing Foundation and in partnership with US Sailing. The sport of sailing is unique, in that it allows those with disabilities to participate with, or compete against those without disabilities, where most competitive supports create separate programs. Sailing and competing with able-bodied competitors creates an immeasurable sense of accomplishment for disabled athletes. WSP offers the organizational and technical expertise to create sailing opportunities ranging from introductory level sailing, through world championship competition. Strategies are achieved through partnerships and collaboration within the sailing community, military programs, and funding from generous supporters. The alliance between these working relationships allows WSP to stay focused on improving the lives of service members with disabilities, and inspiring a new outlook for participants and the communities in which we serve.

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