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

Presentations are available where indicated (if not indicated, no slides were used during the discussion) and are located once you click through to the session post

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
Updated 2.21.2017

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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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Partnerships and Collaborations

One of the many things that occurred at the conference was the signing of various MOU’s during our general session on Friday, 6 February. These relationships are vital to expanding our outreach and creating more opportunities for our members. This year, we signed with United States Power Squadron, US Sea Cadets Corps and the University of RI Department of Marine Affairs. We also announced a new scholarship, National Maritime Sail Training Scholarship.  Below is a press release from URI-

 

URI Marine Affairs program to partner with Tall Ships America on research, education, outreach

 Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. – February 10, 2015 – The Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tall Ships America, an industry trade group that represents educational sail training programs throughout the country, to collaborate on research, education and outreach.

The agreement was announced last Friday at the annual conference of Tall Ships America in Philadelphia. According to Austin Becker, URI assistant professor of marine affairs who serves on the board of Tall Ships America, this partnership will provide considerable benefits to both organizations. “Many people who work in the sail training industry eventually seek a master’s degree, and this partnership will provide our Marine Affairs program with greater visibility that will hopefully result in increased enrollment in the program,” said Becker, who noted that a scholarship program will be developed to support sail training professionals pursuing Marine Affairs degrees at URI. Tall Ships America Executive Director Bert Rogers said, “This document recognizes what has been a very productive, informal relationship for many years, and it sets the framework to expand on that success. We are pleased to encourage sail trainers to pursue advanced degrees at URI’s excellent Marine Affairs Program. They have much to gain as maritime professionals and educators, and much to contribute in return.”

The agreement calls for Marine Affairs faculty and students to participate in the annual Tall Ships America conference and its Tall Ships Challenge event, which this year takes place in eight East Coast port cities. Faculty members in the department will provide support to the sail training industry by conducting relevant research of interest to the industry, including the role that sail training can play in scientific data collection, environmental stewardship and leadership development.

Dennis Nixon, professor of marine affairs at the University of Rhode Island and director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program, was the keynote speaker at the Tall Ships America conference last week, where marine affairs graduate student Eric Romelczyk presented his research on how employment recruiters at commercial shipping companies view professional mariners with a sail training background.

The URI Marine Affairs program is the world’s oldest academic program dedicated to ocean and coastal management. It offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees leading to careers in marine policy, law and management.

Tall Ships America is a non-profit educational membership organization with more than 175 vessel and program members, each dedicated to providing hands-on experience and training in seafaring skills and the nautical sciences. URI has long partnered with one of the group’s members, the Sea Education Association, which provides students with opportunities to spend a semester aboard a sail training ship studying marine science and learning seafaring skills.

 

Session Preview: Changing Tacks- Benchmarking and Discovering Alternative Compensation for Your Crew

CHANGING TACKS: Benchmarking and Discovering Alternative Compensation for Your Crew

Presenters:
Captain Jamie Trost, Pride of Baltimore II
Captain Jonathan Kabak, US Merchant Maritime Academy
Kathleen Moore, Analytics Consultant

As non-profit and small business ship operators seek balance between funding constraints and manning needs, establishing a compensation base line is a necessary tool for budgeting and staying competitive in the hunt for qualified crew. Through anonymous surveys, data on deomographics, pay scale, housing, training, and other opportunities seen as attractive to crew have been collected. Results will be co-presented by Jonathan Kabak and Jamie Trost, with Kathleen Moore handling the analytics.

Handout:

Changing Tacks

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Session Preview: The Lessons of the Bounty

The Lessons of the Bounty: Drawing Experience From Tragedy

Presenter: Captain Andy Chase, Maine Maritime Academy

Drawing experience from tragedy – Captain Robin Walbridge apparently said, shortly before the HMS Bounty was abandoned in Hurricane Sandy, “Where did we lose control of this situation?” At first glance, the answer seemed simple: “When he made the decision to sail toward a well forecast hurricane.” However, there was more to it than that. The error chain was long and complex, and in some ways the tragedy had been foreshadowed for some time. In this talk, Captain Andy Chase will attempt to unpack the lessons we can all learn from this tragic event.

Handouts:

Andy Chase’s Bounty Presentation

Andy Chase’s Bounty Presentation Script

Wooden Boat Article: http://www.woodenboat.com/lessons-bounty

Andy held a similar presentation and discussion at Sail Training International’s conference in Denmark.

STI discussion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl7N6dkI81A

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.

Session Preview: The Loss of the Bounty

The Loss of the Bounty

Presenter:
CAPT Timothy Farley, U.S. Coast Guard Investigations and Casualty Analysis
CAPT Rob Jones, National Transportation Safety Board Marine Inspector

The loss of the tall ship HMS Bounty on October 29, 2012, in hurricane conditions created by Superstorm Sandy and the subsequent death of two crew members, prompted an investigation by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Captain Timothy Farley, US Coast Guard Deputy Chief of Investigations and Casualty Analysis, and Captain Rob Jones, National Transportation Safety Board Marine Inspector, will discuss the status of the joint USCG/NTSB marine casualty investigation. In addition to general observations drawn from BOUNTY investigation, Captains Farley and Jones will discuss the processes through which marine casualty investivations are convened, conducted and adjudicated by the two agencies. The results of the investigation had not been published when this program went to press.

Handouts:

NTSB (Office of Marine Safety)

USCG (Office of Investigations & Analysis)

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Session Preview: Dealing with Shock Losses

Leading up to Early Registration for our Annual Conference, I’ll be posting session previews.

Dealing With Shock Losses: How the insurance market reacts and what you can do about it.

Presenters: 
Gene McKeever, Allen Insurance and Financial
Chris Richmond, Allen Insurance and Financial
Rob Wells, Seacoast Specialty
Captain Jan Miles, Pride of Baltimore II

After a major loss/claim event in the industry,  operators can mitigate the effects of an event that is not “their fault”.  Suggestions about proactive steps to demonstrate risk and safety management to reassure skittish underwriters. This will be an interactive panel discussion, with representatives from insurance agency, underwriters, and ship operators with real world experience. Continue reading