Focus Session: Workforce Development: encouraging and training the next generation of mariners

Workforce Development: Encouraging and training the next generation of mariners

Facilitator: Shannon McKenzie

From reaching out to students to let them know of maritime careers, to training aspiring mariners, and hiring them once they are prepared, we all need to take a role in mentoring new crew and those trained for the maritime trades. This session will introduce ideas to generate interest in students and facilitate their advancement into maritime careers.


Don’t forget to register for the conference! Early Bird rates increase after December 5th. Register today and save $100!

Are you a crew member? We have a grant for you!




Focus Session: Creating a Green Event

Creating a Green Event


Patti Lock, Tall Ship® Festival Consultant
Rachael Miller, Founder, Rozalia Project
Jill Savery, Sustainability Advisor
Kimberly Ulmer, Director of Sustainability, Sail Martha’s Vineyard

Big events have a reputation for wasting all kinds of food, energy, and materials. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Recently, the Volvo Ocean Race through 11th Hour Racing created a plastic-free event, which included water stations, sustainable food sourcing and biodegradable service ware. Learn about sustainability initiatives from Martha’s Vineyard Sail, Waste Management Phoenix Open and other big events.   Take their lessons learned and apply them to your own event. Other take aways include greening up your event without compromising revenue opportunities and perhaps create new ones.

Continue reading

Focus Session: Revisiting Human Resource Management for Marine Operators

Revisiting Human Resource Management for Marine Operators

Lead Presenter:
Captain Jonathan Kabak, Chair, Tall Ships America’s Ship Operations and Safety Committee

Human Resource Management for any shoreside organization can be challenging at the least, but these challenges are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg for companies that operate vessels and employ merchant mariners and others in maritime work.  How do you catagorize a single employee who may spend part of a year as office staff, a shipyard worker and a ship’s officer?  If a deckhand is off hiking with students are they in service to the ship?  If a crew member breaks a contract early, do you have to give them a sea time letter?  Can we use our organization’s health insurance to meet our Maintenance and Cure obligations?

This session will explore the issues and challenges facing Marine Operators, especially aboard vessels that carry passengers and students.

*If you have specific questions that you would like addressed in this session, please submit them to and put HR Session in the subject line.

Don’t forget to register for the conference! Early Bird rates increase after December 5th. Register today and save $100!

Are you a crew member? We have a grant for you!


Focus Session: The Value of Experiential Marketing

The Value of Experiential Marketing – Panel Discussion

Victoria Syme, Manager of Marketing and Partnerships at Harmony Marketing
Brian Lucey, Company X Marketing
Lauren Magura, Company X Marketing

The Value of Experiential Marketing_Harmony Marketing

CXM Experiential Panel

Exp Marketing Presentation_Introduction

Are you finding it difficult to get partners onboard for large cash sponsorships? Are you not hearing back from your sponsor pitches? You might be missing out on great experiential marketing (XM) opportunities for your festival or event.

Sponsorship is constantly changing.  Gone are the days of gold, silver and bronze sponsor packages. Companies are less and less interested in large sponsorships and logo benefits and instead they want to interact directly with your audience onsite.  Your festival or event has tremendous value for companies who want to sample, hand out freebies and bring fun branded activities or games.

At this workshop session, you will learn more about what experiential marketing is and how it can help add value to your event through additional programming as well as adding to your bottom line. Examples will be shown of various types of XM activations to help spark some ideas for your own events and help enhance the experience for your visitor.

Speaker Bios

Victoria Syme lr
Victoria Syme

Victoria Syme is a marketing, sponsorship and media communications specialist with experience in event management, social media, production and public relations.  Victoria graduated with an HBA in Communications from McMaster University and has a post-graduate diploma in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Centennial College.

Victoria started her career in PR at a large agency in Toronto and worked on large clients such as CBC, EXPRESS clothing and Subway Canada. In 2013, Victoria joined Harmony Marketing, a boutique marketing & sponsorship agency in Toronto where she is the marketing and partnerships lead on the annual  Redpath Waterfront Festival, Sugar Shack TO and a number of other events. In her spare time, Victoria loves to travel and has visited all 7 continents and over 40 countries.


Sponsor banner for blog2



Focus Session: Program Showcase – San Salvador, Oliver Hazard Perry

Program Showcase B

Presentations (PDF)
San Salvador Goes to Sea
Oliver Hazard Perry

Showcase 1: San Salvador Goes to Sea
Presenter: Dr. Ray Ashley

This presentation will cover the background of building the galleon San Salvador, including the construction, launching, rigging, certification, and training of the crew for the seven-week Pacific Heritage Tour.

Dr. Ray Ashley
Dr. Ray Ashley

Dr. Raymond Ashley is President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Growing up locally, he became director of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in 1995. He holds a BA in Anthropology from UCSD, a MA in Maritime History and Museum Studies from East Carolina University, and a PhD in History from Duke University, specializing in the history of science, technology and medicine. He has taught courses in history and archeology at UCSD and USD, has published papers in American Neptune and a number of other professional journals, and writes a column for the Maritime Museum’s peer reviewed journal Mains’l Haul.

Dr. Ashley has been sailing for most of his life since spending his senior year in high school on the schooner Westward and has sailed, built, restored, renovated and preserved ships for many years before he came to the Maritime Museum and in the years since. He is a licensed captain for sail, steam and auxiliary vessels of 200 tons domestic (500 tons international) registry, is the Star of India’s  navigator and sails as relief captain for the other vessels of the Museum’s active fleet including the State tall ship Californian, steam yacht Medea, Swift Boat PCF 816, Pilot and most recently, the galleon San Salvador.

Dr. Ashley is a member of many civic and professional organizations and serves or has served on the Boards of the Council of American Maritime Museums, Sea Education Association of Woods Hole, MA, the North American Society for Oceanic History, the Nautical Research Guild editorial board, the American Sail Training Association, Cabrillo Festival, the San Diego Port Tenants Association, the World Ship Trust, and is President of the American Ship Trust. In 2007, Dr. Ashley was Conference Chair for the Eighth International Maritime Heritage Conference, hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

In 2014 Dr. Ashley was recognized with lifetime achievement awards by both the Maritime Alliance in San Diego, and the International Maritime Heritage Alliance, for the construction of the Galleon San Salvador. He lives in Chula Vista with his wife Carlynn (with whom he once sailed a 25’ boat through the South Pacific).

 Showcase 2: Oliver Hazard Perry
Presenter:   Chris Dimock, Operations Manager

After a successful first season of programs in New England, America’s brand new Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry, will be broadening her route down the east coast of the US and setting her sights for the open ocean, heading to Florida, Bermuda and Cuba in the spring. With our 2017 route covering an impressive 14,000 nautical miles, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will then sail north this summer, across the Arctic Circle and into the Northwest Passage. This voyage has many dimensions. Primarily to partner with the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography and David Clark Inc. (funded by the National Science Foundation) to conduct ground breaking research on the effects of climate change in the Arctic Regions of the Northwest Passage. There is also a prominent educational aspect to this with high school, undergraduate and graduate students joining the ship as our trainees to sail the vessel into the passage and build on leadership and communication skills, while also assisting scientists with their research. There is also a public awareness aspect through David Clark’s documentary and the live daily video feeds that will be relayed through the Inner Space Center at URI to museums. This is just 5 weeks of a 4 ½ month expedition. The ship will leave Newport on June 15 and return at the end of October. We are currently in the application process for recruiting our 17 professional crew. A minimum of 11 of our 17 professional crew will hold USCG licenses. 2017 is set to be a historic year for Oliver Hazard Perry.

Captain Chris Dimock
Chris Dimock


Chris Dimock learned how to sail at the age of 7 and has never looked back since. He raced competitive, modern sailboats in Rhode Island for years without ever seeing a tall ship. One day at a college fair, he ran across a poster of the schooner Bowdoin sailing offshore, which lead him to a degree from Maine Maritime Academy, and formal training in vessel operations. He has worked on tugboats, ferries, and yachts, but has always returned to the traditional sail training world. Chris has sailed on tall ships such as the Bowdoin, Harvey Gamage, Westward, Robert Seamans, Corwith Cramer, and AJ Meerwald.


Focus Session – Education Program Showcase

Education Program Showcase

Showcase 1: Falmouth Schools
Presenter: Jonathan L Radtke  

A representative from Falmouth (Maine) Public Schools discussing how sail training programs can provide high school credit for week-long programs 

Jonathan Radtke
Jonathan Radtke

Jon Radtke has been an avid sailor since college.   Jon was the founding partner of Maine’s first successful commercial assistance towing organization as well as the founding operations manager for Portland’s first amphibious tour operation.  In addition to his marine related pursuits, Jon has been a high school social studies teacher for 25 years and the assistant principal at Falmouth High School outside of Portland for five years.  A graduate of Colby College, Jon earned a master’s degree from Harvard University and currently holds a 100 ton near coastal license.

Showcase 2: Putting the Sea in Science: An Integrated Approach
Presenter: Pauline Dion

Boothbay Sea and Science Center (BSSC) is a community sea and science education center offering innovative, experiential and affordable education programs to youth ages 5 to 17. BSSC opens doors of opportunity in STEM fields through boating and marine sciences, creating career pathways and instilling lifelong skills. BSSC began in 2011 as a community collaboration, with local marine-based businesses, schools, social service agencies, state marine research agencies, museums, and community volunteers. A principle partner is Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The Boothbay Sea and Science Center has provided unique innovative programs for 4 years, carefully adapting as enrollment grew. BSSC is transitioning to a year-round program with new school-based programs.

Pauline Dion
Pauline Dion


Pauline T. Dion is a passionate lifelong sailor, Pauline is the Founder, President and acting Executive Director of the Boothbay Sea and Science Center.  Established in June of 2012, BSSC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Pauline received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (with an emphasis in Adult Oncology) from Salve Regina College, and earned a Masters Degree with an emphasis in Nursing Education from Boston College School of Nursing. She has served as a Clinical Nursing Instructor at several hospitals including St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (Brighton, MA), Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA), and Maine Medical Center (Portland, ME). Pauline held nursing faculty positions at Westbrook Junior College, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing, Bosotn College and MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Pauline Dion is a champion of non-profit advancement, having held fundraising chairmanships for a number of organizations including Daylight Children’s Center, American Cancer Society, Little Red Schoolhouse, Williamstown Elementary School, Leukemia Society, Boothbay Region YMCA, Boothbay Region Land Trust, Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Junior Program Foundation, Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund, Boothbay Region Community Resources Council, Camp Sunshine, Boothbay Harbor Rendezvous.

She is currently serving on the boards of First Radio Parish Church of America/Daily Devotions, Maine Preservation and the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library. Pauline chaired the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Junior Sailing and Tennis programs from 2005 to 2012. Pauline, born and raised in Minot, Maine as one of eight children, currently resides in East Boothbay, Maine.

Showcase 3: US Sailing
Presenter: Jessica Servis

US Sailing’s REACH program, and how they were able to integrate it into the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Series during the summer of 2016 in the Great Lakes.

Showcase 4: “Welcome to the  US Power Squadron Neighborhood!”
Presented by: Don Stark and Shirley Heald

Cooperative education opportunities aboard and ashore with United States Power Squadrons.


Don Stark
Don Stark


Donald Stark, United States Power Squadrons Liaison to Tall Ships America is a life member of USPS and a life time boater.  In his professional life Don spent 32 years in secondary and adult education. He has 3 sailboats including a gaff-rigged catboat and sails on the waters of the Great Lakes and Coastal North Carolina. Don is a member of the National Safe Boating Council.  Don is a Past Commander of the South Hills Power Squadron (Pittsburgh),  Past Commander of District 7(Ohio and Western Pennsyvania) and a Past Staff Commander of the Safety Committee.

Shirley Heald
Shirley Heald


 Rear Commander Shirley D. Heald, Advance Pilot, United States Power Squadrons R/C Shirley D. Heald, AP is currently Chair of the USPS National Program Partner Relations Committee.  She has also served on a National Level as Staff Commander of the National Leadership Development Committee and as a Committee Member of the National Safety Committee. Shirley served as District Commander of District 21 in 2009-2010, and as Commander of the Dallas Sail and Power Squadron in 1996-1997. She currently holds the grade of  Advance Pilot and Coastal Navigator in the new USPS on the water certification program. Shirley lives in Dallas, TX where she is a member of and boats with the  Dallas Sail and Power Squadron.  As a sailor, she has chartered and sailed in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Maine, Chesapeake Bay, and the Texas Gulf Coast.  Shirley is currently retired from a long career in sales in the transportation and logistics industry , with Sea-Land and Ryder Transportation Services and enjoys sailing, playing golf, kick boxing, traveling, and playing bridge and Mahjong.


Focus Session: Maritime Heritage Showcase A

Maritime Heritage Showcase A

Presentations (PDF)
USS Constitution
Ernestina Morrissey
Schooner Adventure

Showcase 1: “Our National Ship” – Preserving USS Constitution, a War of 1812 Icon

USS Constitution’s status as “America’s Ship of State” stems from her multiple War of 1812 victories. As the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, the U.S. Navy has been responsible for this national icon for over 200 years. This talk will review USS Constitution’s preservation, including the 2015-2017 dry docking and restoration work.

Marguerite Desy
Marguerite Desy

Margherita M. Desy is the historian for the Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston and USS Constitution. She has previously worked for Historic New England, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford, and, for 20 years, at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut.

Ms. Desy has a BA in History & Art History from the College of the Holy Cross, an MA in American Civilization from The George Washington University, and has studied at Sotheby’s institute in London. She has been published in scholarly and popular journals and has been script advisor and on-camera historian for several PBS television shows and documentaries broadcast in the U.S. and Europe.


Showcase 2: Another life for the Ernestina Morrissey

National Heritage Fellow and master shipbuilder Harold Burnham of Essex, MA will discuss the ongoing rehabilitation of Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey, a nineteenth century example of the Essex wooden shipbuilding traditions that have spanned four centuries. The official vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is on the rail at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Maine where Master Shipwright David Short has faired her lines and is installing a new keel, futtocks, frames, planks and aft deck using some of the world’s best shipbuilding materials. The wooden Fredonia schooner Effie M. Morrissey was built in 1894 at the James and Tarr Shipyard in Essex for the Gloucester fishing fleet. She was used for Arctic exploration under Bob Bartlett, served in WWII, and was the last vessel to bring immigrants (from Cape Verde) to the U.S. under the power of sail. Returned to the U.S. in 1982 as a gift from the newly independent Cape Verdean people, the Ernestina sailed as an education vessel until 2005. Renamed Ernestina-Morrissey in 2014, she is a National Historic Landmark.

Harold Burnham
Harold Burnham


Harold Burnham grew up in the shipyards of Essex and is known for utilizing traditional “sawn fame and trunnel fasting methods” on his adaptations of historic Cape Ann designs for commercial passenger use. Some of his “passenger fishermen” include, the Fredonia schooner THOMAS E. LANNON, The Privateer FAME, and his family boat the pinky ARDELLE all of which are certified by the Coast Guard for 49 passengers. He has worked on repaired and consulted on a number of other historic vessels and preservation projects including the Gundalow Piscataqua, The Schooner Adventure, the Evelina M. Goulart and the Ernestina Morrissey on which he is working as owner’s representative. Other current projects include operating Ardelle, Managing his own projects and serving as president of the Essex Historical Society and Ship Building Museum.


Showcase 3: Preserving the Schooner Adventure for the enrichment of future generations and their love of the sea

The Gloucester Adventure, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit maritime historic preservation and educational organization. We are the stewards of the 1926 dory-fishing Schooner Adventure. Our mission begins with restoration and preservation in perpetuity of the National Historic Landmark Schooner Adventure, one of the last surviving Grand Banks dory-fishing schooners. The Schooner Adventure is a national treasure that has resumed active sailing as an icon of the American fisheries and as a floating classroom for maritime history and environmental education programs. The Schooner will be operated at sea, primarily along the New England coast.,

Captain Stefan Edick, Ship’s Captain and Executive Director