At Sea Training Using the Auxiliary Sail Vessel Operations Textbook
This book is the only current general seamanship text dedicated to the tall ship industry, and contains much material that has been presented and discussed at Tall Ships America conferences over the past many years. I intend to lay out a series of training sessions, long and short, that can be implemented on board ship, underway or alongside, to train crews in this material.
I will develop and propose several on-board exercises that will be packaged in a way to make them realistic for a busy vessel and crew. It is an ironic fact that these ships are primarily dedicated to the training of their trainees, but busy schedules prevent us from spending much time in the training of the trainers. Hopefully this can help to change that.
Captain Andy Chase, Maine Maritime Academy
Captain Andy Chase is a Professor of Marine Transportation at Maine Maritime Academy, in Castine. He grew up sailing on the coast of Maine in summers, and began his professional sea-going career at the age of 16 as deckboy aboard a Norwegian Bulkcarrier. He is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy (class of 1979-Deck), and holds a U.S. license as Master, unlimited, for power vessels, and Master of Auxiliary Sail Vessels of up to 1600 tons. He has sailed aboard many types of merchant vessels, including tankers, container ships, Ro-Ro’s, ITB’s, tugs, barges, break-bulk freighters, and LASH. He has sailed as deckboy, AB, Bosun, Third, Second, and Chief Mate.
Captain Chase began his professional sailing career with the Maine Windjammer fleet, where he sailed on the Adventure, Mary Day, Mistress, and Nathaniel Bowditch. He then moved on to the Sail Training vessels offshore, including the Regina Maris, Westward, Gazela Primeiro, Bowdoin, and Elissa. Under sail, he has sailed as deckhand, mate, and master. As master of the Schooner Bowdoin for Maine Maritime Academy, he led a group of MMA students north for the Bowdoin’s first return trip to the Arctic since her career with Admiral MacMillan, which ended in 1954. In 1991, under Captain Chase, the Bowdoin voyaged to the West Coast of Greenland, reaching 70 degrees north latitude. He lives in Castine and Brooksville with his wife, Lauren Sahl, also a teacher at Maine Maritime Academy, and their daughter Lily.