2017 Annual Conference Sessions: A Guide

44th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships 2017
February 8-10, 2017
Boston, MA – Boston Seaport Hotel

Final Attendee List 2 14 2017

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Tuesday, February 7
1600 – 1800   Registration
1700 – 1800   Meet and Greet Reception – Sponsored by the Boston Seaport Hotel
1800 – 2100   Dinner on your own
2100 –             Mariner’s Pub Trivia

Wednesday, February 8: Forums
0700 – 1615  Educators and Administrators Forum
0700 – 0745 Breakfast and Registration
0745 – 0800 Welcome and Introductions
0800 – 0930 Session 1: Coping with Stress and Depression: How Program Leaders Can Help Themselves and Their Students [presentation available]
0930 – 1000 Refreshment Break
1000 – 1130  Session 2: “Mirror, Mirror on the wall”: Understanding and developing the role of facilitated self-reflection in sail-training programs
1130 – 1230 Lunch
1230 – 1400 Session 3: Strategies for Individual Fundraising: Drew McMullen
1400 – 1415 Break
1415 – 1500 Session 4: Communicating with impact philanthropists [presentation available]
1500 – 1545 Session 5: Fireside Chat with the Experts – open and honest answers about funding
1545 –  1615 Refreshment Break
1615 – 1730 Session 6: Presentations! How to get and hold their attention: Bryan Bissell
1730 – 1800 Closing Comments
1900 – 2100 Welcome Reception sponsored by Sail Boston® and the Greater Boston CVB

0700 – 1615  Safety Under Sail Forum
0700 – 0745 Breakfast and Registration
0745 – 0800 Welcome and Introductions
0800 – 0930 Session 1: Revisiting Ship Stability
0930 – 1000 Refreshment Break
1000 – 1130 Session 2: Risk Management – Developing Policies and Identifying Gaps in Sail Training Operations 

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1130 – 1230 Lunch
1230 – 1400 Session 3: Fatigue aboard Sail Training Vessels: Sea Education Association’s Case Study
1400 – 1415 Break
1415 – 1500 Session 4: Examining the Impact of Fatigue beyond Watchstanding
1500 1545 Session 5: Moderated Open Forum
1545 – 1615 Refreshment Break
1830 – 2030 Welcome Reception sponsored by Sail Boston® and the Greater Boston CVB

1230 – 1615 Ports Seminar sponsored by Pearsco Solutions, Inc. – by invitation only
1230 -1300 
Welcome and General Updates
1300 – 1400  Session 1: Beyond the Table Top: Security discussion in today’s fragile world – Steve Sutch, Pearsco Solutions
1400 – 1415 Break
1415 – 1500 Session 2: Strategic Philanthropy Workshop/Corporate Sponsorship fireside chat: Honest questions, honest answers
1500 – 1600 Session 3: Lessons Learned: New and old ports share key learnings
1600-1615 Refreshment break

1615 – 1800 RDV 2017 Ships and Ports Session – Open to all interested in participating in the Rendez – Vous 2017 Tall Ships® Regatta
a. Port Presentations – Charleston, Boston, Halifax, Quebec City and outports
b. Races – Charleston to Bermuda; Bermuda to Boston; Boston to Canada
c. Presentation from Boston Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection
d. Update on new security regulations for Canada
1830 – 2030 Welcome Reception sponsored by Sail Boston® and the Greater Boston CVB

Thursday, February 9: Conference
0700 – 1715 Focus Sessions
0700 – 0800 Breakfast and Registration
0800 – 0815 Opening Remarks
0815 – 0830 Mayor’s Welcome
0830 – 0900 Keynote Address: Tim Runyan 

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0900 -0905 Housekeeping
0905 – 0915 Break
0915 – 1045 General Session: New Developments at Tall Ships America
1045 – 1115 Refreshment Break

1115 – 1230      FOCUS SESSION 1
F1A Dock Visits – Is your ship ready to visit, and is your port ready to receive them? 

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F1B HR for Marine Operators
F1C Limitless: How today’s disabled and veteran communities can become inspiring  participants in sail training
F1D Maritime Heritage Showcase A: Constitution, Ernestina, Adventure

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1230 – 1415
Lunch – sponsored by G. H. Laco & Associates

1415 – 1530     FOCUS SESSIONS 2
F2A  A Look to the Future: Emerging Tech-Driven Trends and their Coming Impact on your Events 

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F2B Bound for Cuba: Challenges and opportunities for sail training programs voyaging to the Pearl of the Antilles 

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F2C Implementing Coast Guard Navigation and Inspection Circular 02-16: “Inspection Guidance for Sail Rigging and Masts on Inspected Sail Vessels

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F2D Material Aquisition for Vessel Construction and Restoration
1530 – 1600 Refreshment Break

1600 – 1715      FOCUS SESSIONS 3
F3A Bringing the Experience Aboard to the World via Video 

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F3B Keep Your Coverage: Ways you might be exposed/uncovered without even knowing it 

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F3C Navigating the Regulatory Seas
F3D Working with Gold Star Teens: Honoring Heroes and Healing Hearts
1715 –  Free Time
1730-2030: SEA (Sea Education Association) Reception

Friday, February 10: Conference
0700 – 1700 Focus Sessions
0700 – 0800 Registration
0700 – 0800 Breakfast sponsored by Ships Coy Forge
0800 – 0900 General Session At Sea Training Using the Auxiliary Sail Vessel Operations Textbook – Captain Andy Chase [documents available]
0900 – 0905  Housekeeping
0905 -0930  Break

0930 – 1045        FOCUS SESSIONS 4
F4A Moderated Discussion Group: Business Planning
F4B  Weather Considerations for Transiting the Western Atlantic in the Fall and Spring – Joe Sienkiewicz

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F4C  Education Program Showcase
1. Falmouth Schools
2. Boothbay Sea and Science Center
3. U.S. Sailing
4. United States Power Squadron
F4D TBD
1045 – 1115  Refreshment Break sponsored by Ships Coy Forge

1115 – 1230         FOCUS SESSIONS 5
F5A Cognitive Bias and Decision Making
F5B No Berth Unsold!

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F5C  The Importance of Experiential Event Branding: Create Attendee Impact
F5D Maritime Heritage Showcase B: Wavertree, Elissa
1230 – 1300
Lunch Buffet
1300 – 1430  Annual Meeting
1430 – 1445 Break

1445 – 1600        FOCUS SESSIONS 6
F6A  RDV 2017
F6B  Medical Care Aboard Ship: Meeting regulatory requirements and managing risk
F6C  Hot Topics in Ocean Literacy and Marine Science [presentations available]
1. Tiffany Smyth, URI – Climate Change
2. Shelley Brown, Sailors for the Sea – Rainy Day Kits
3.  Rachael Miller, Rozalia Project – Microfiber Pollution and Solutions
F6D  Program Showcase: Oliver Hazard Perry, San Salvador, Piscataqua Maritime Commission [presentations available]
1600 – 1630   Refreshment Break sponsored by Ships Coy Forge
1630 – 1700 Closing Comments
1700 – 1800 Free time
1800 – 1900  Cocktails (cash bar)
1900 – 2400 Gala Awards Dinner sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial
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Education Forum: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

 “Mirror, Mirror on the wall”: Understanding and developing the role of facilitated self-reflection in sail-training programs.

This workshop strives to bridge the all too common gap between theory and practice. We’ll begin by establishing the philosophical and academic groundwork that encourages us to establish facilitated self-reflection. We’ll move into a combination of small and large group discussion using experiences from the room as well as pulling from other experiential education industries to establish what is currently being done. Participants will be encouraged to take part in activities that can either be used by themselves or as stepping stones for further reflection activity development. Lastly, we’ll take a look forward to better understand how we can better utilize self-reflection activities to achieve the goals we so strongly believe in and to understand what factors may be holding us back.

Presented by
Dan McKenzie, Los Angeles Maritime Institute

Captain Dan McKenzie
Captain Dan McKenzie

I am currently the captain of the Brigantine Exy Johnson of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI). I’ve been sailing professionally for over 7 years originally engrossed by the sailing but progressively becoming more interested by the educational programs.  Due to this shift of interests (I still very much enjoy the sailing to be clear), I began my masters degree for experiential education from Minnesota State University in the fall of 2015 in order to make my teaching more intentional and productive. My time with LAMI has allowed me to explore some of my educational ideas including how to best implement reflective practices and combining holistic sail training with STEM curriculum requirements.

 

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Focus Session: Bound for Cuba

Bound for Cuba: Challenges and Opportunities for sail training programs voyaging to the Pearl of the Antilles

 

Presentation
Chris Nolan
Richard Bailey

More and more US vessels are considering including Cuba in their Caribbean itineraries. Panelists Phineas Sprague (schooner Harvey Gamage), Capt. Richard Bailey (schooner Spirit of South Carolina), and Capt. Chris Nolan (Corwith Cramer and Robert C. Seamans) will present current information about the many political, bureaucratic and logistical hurdles and procedures that face US vessels sailing to Cuba. They will also describe their experiences and discoveries regarding about where to go, what to do, and what kind of learning and cultural opportunities are to be found in this relatively isolated island nation.

Presented by
Captain Phineas Sprague, Harvey Gamage
Captain Richard Bailey, Spirit of South Carolina
Captain Chris Nolan, Corwith Cramer and Robert C. Seamans

 

Captain Chris Nolan
Captain Chris Nolan

 

Chris Nolan commanded two Coast Guard cutters and served as Navigator of USCGC Barque EAGLE from 2008-2010. After his Coast Guard career, he began a civilian career with Sea Education Association as Assistant Professor of Nautical Science and Captain of SSV Corwith Cramer and SSV Robert C. Seamans.  He holds a USCG 1600 GRT ocean master’s license, a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine/Environmental Science, and a Master’s Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration. Additionally he is the co-author of the most recent version of Eagle Seamanship: A Manual for Square Rigger Sailing.  He lives in Alameda, California.

 

 

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Focus Session: Dock Visits – is your ship ready to visit, and is your port ready to receive them?

Dock Visits – Is your ship ready to visit, and is your port ready to receive them?

Presentation
Dock Visits

Revenue program models.  Finding money.  Finding publicity. Contract shortcomings. Ticket programs.  Captain and crew turnover. Does the dock meet the contract and what should the ship crew do on arrival?  Listen to panelists from both the ship and the port side on the best ways to make the most of a port visit.  This session will help you find resolution for all scenarios for positive outcomes for all concerned.

Presented by
Jennifer Angel, Waterfront Development Corporation
Captain Colin Graham, South Street Seaport Museum, Lettie G. Howard
Fernando Viota, Nao Victoria Foundation, El Galeon Andalucía
Holly Williams, PMI Entertainment Group

Jennifer Angel
Jennifer Angel

Jennifer Angel is Acting President & CEO of Waterfront Development, a Nova Scotia provincial crown corporation challenged to develop Nova Scotia’s high potential waterfront properties to maximize their economic potential. Waterfront Development is a proud partner in Tall Ships events and is looking forward to welcoming the world to Nova Scotia for Rendez-Vous 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday. Jennifer has more than 15 years of business development experience, with particular expertise in commercial real estate in both the public and private sectors. She is currently Chair of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Chair of the Lunenburg Steering Committee and Vice Chair of Destination Halifax. Jennifer holds a BA (Philosophy) from Dalhousie University and a MBA (Marketing) from Saint Mary’s University and has completed substantial professional training through the Real Estate Institute of Canada. Jennifer lives in Halifax with her husband, Steve, and dog, Buddy. She and her family are avid sailors and can generally be found close to the sea.

 

Colin Graham
Captain Colin Graham

Colin Graham is the Captain and Program Administrator of the National Historic Landmark Schooner Lettie G. Howard, which is owned and operated by the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City. In addition to his role aboard the ship, Colin also handles the administrative duties for the vessel, including program development, hiring, logistics, scheduling, grant writing, fundraising, and strategic planning. Colin’s prior experiences in traditional sail had been working as crew for Ocean Classroom Foundation, sailing aboard Spirit of Massachusetts and Westward, and working aboard Harvey Gamage for a yard period.  He also worked in the Maine windjammer fleet aboard Heritage and worked at North End Shipyard in Rockland, ME.  After a sojourn working aboard a 59-meter super yacht operating between the Canadian Maritimes and the Caribbean, Colin returned to his hometown of New York City to share his experiences and passion for shipboard education with both adults and students in the greater New York area.

Fernando Viota
Fernando Viota

Fernando Viota, Project Manager of El Galeon
I´m from a farm family, who were involved in wine, never on the sea. But I always loved the experience of the sea and beach, and when I had the chance to change my life aboard a tall ship, I didn´t hesitate.
I was working in business and hotels, doing market research and events around Europe for six years, every day with my suit and tie.  After my background, I jumped to tall ships with the Nao Victoria Foundation, starting with the replica of Nao Victoria in Florida and then to El Galeon along the East Coast, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and into the Great Lakes.

Holly Williams
Holly Williams

 

Holly Williams has almost a decade of experience with event management and hospitality.  Through the years she has been the Marketing and Administration Coordinator for the 92nd PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Catering Sales Manager at Historic Lambeau Field, Business Relationship Manager for the World’s Largest Aviation Celebration at EAA and her current role of Director, Expo & Event Production at PMI Entertainment Group.

In addition to the Tall Ship Festival, Holly and her team manage 15 event productions each year in addition to managing 4 event venues, owning a USHL hockey team and an event ticketing platform.  PMI Entertainment Group has been successful over the years by being both efficient and creative to pull off an extremely diverse portfolio of events from the Home & Garden Show to a mega concert at Lambeau Field to the Tall Ship Festival.

Holly resides in De Pere, WI with her husband James and two sons Fritz (3) and Creig (2).  In her spare time, she enjoys restoring her 100 year old home and gardening.  She earned a B.S. in Agricultural Communications from The Ohio State University in 2002.

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General Session: At Sea Training Using the Auxiliary Sail Vessel Operations Textbook

At Sea Training Using the Auxiliary Sail Vessel Operations Textbook

At Sea Training (PDF)

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.

Presented by
Captain Andy Chase, Maine Maritime Academy

Captain Andy Chase
Captain Andy Chase

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.

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Annual Conference 2017: Call for Speakers

call-for-presentersThe Tall Ships America Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships gathers ships’ masters, crewmembers, program administrators, educators, environmentalists, port representatives, festival managers and more for an information-packed three day conference. Topics include vessel operations, regulatory issues, management, educational programming, and safety at sea, as well as media relations, marketing, funding, communications, and port event organization. The Tall Ships America Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships is both fun and informative and is known for its high “take away value”, networking opportunities and camaraderie.

The Theme for the conference is The Way of a Ship: Linking our History, Heritage and Future.  The Conference will be organized around six main topic areas:

  • Crew Training, Development, Retention
  • Ship’s Operations & Safety, Navigation, Marine Weather
  • Educational Programming, Maritime History and Marine Science, Training for Careers at Sea
  • Tall Ships events and Host Port Organizers
  • Administration, Organizational Sustainability, Marketing, Fund Development
  • Historic ship preservation and utilization

We invite you to share your knowledge and experience in one of these six areas with Tall Ships America members.

Deadline for submission is October 14th. Visit our website for guidelines on how to submit your proposal.

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2017 Conference Registration is now OPEN!

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Early Bird conference registration is now OPEN! Click here to register for the 44th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships 2017.

This year’s conference is in Boston, 8-10 February 2017. As in year’s past, we will have crew grant opportunities (to be announced).

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