This is an incredible opportunity ans I want to make sure our GMG readers get first crack at getting their kids first in line. Get Crackin!
Sail Training Opportunity Announcement:
Cape Ann’s Youth are Invited to Apply
In celebration of the 25th Mayor’s Cup Race, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Sail Gloucester are offering spots for youth aged 13 to 21 aboard participating schooners. Sail training spots are available on a
first come, first serve basis in response to this invitation. In 2009, SailGloucester, an initiative organized from the City of Gloucester’s Mayors Office, is supporting the 25th Annual Gloucester Schooner festival, organized by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, in a joint mission with local sailing and maritime organizations to ensure the sail training spots are available to Gloucester and Cape Ann youth. Volunteers from SailGloucester will be coordinating the Youth Sail Training program as well as being visible with information desks or kits at information distribution points during the 25th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival. With limited spaces available aboard the vessels, and as time is of the essence, please ensure that this invitation and information is circulated to your organization’s leadership for sail training programs in order that your eligible young people are invited to your membership with a request that all interested youth reply to this email as soon as possible, and no later than September 1, 2009.
Email Subject Line: Sail Training Spot Applicant for the 25th Annual Gloucester Schooner Race
They were doing some big time work up in the rigging. This cat was way up there disconnecting some stays that connected the two masts. Barefoot. My knees would be knocking so hard if I got 10 feet off the ground, never-mind way up at the top of the mast like this. Schooner Festival is coming this weekend- don’t forget! If you haven’t been down to see it yet we have some insider tips coming for you later from Daisy Nell, Chairperson of the Gloucester Schooner Festival 09
The Urania is off to SailBoston. The ship is part of the Dutch Navy. She has a main crew of a couple men and then a rotating crew that hops aboard in each port from the ranks of the Dutch Navy. From what I understand it is a honor to be able to get the chance to serve.
late breaking news! we expect the Spirit of Bermuda in tonight … here is a blog from the captain yesterday and she’s headed our way between 3-5 as the first over the charleston – Boston leg of the Tall ships challenge.
By Capt. Simon Colley Capt. Log-v14-09 Charleston-Boston Day 6
Spirit’s position at 1200 EDT: Saturday July 4th.
40º 46’N’ x 68º41’W
SOG 9-10 knots
WxS’ly breeze, Force 5-6, moderate sea.
Barometer 1006 mb and steady.
Beam reach under full canvas.
Noon run: 169 NM as the crow flies.
724 NM from Charleston
141 NM to Finish line off Boston
A phenomenal day, surging along at 12 to 14 knots through the water, fighting quite a current as we near Nantucket. When that turns in our favour we shall really pick up speed.
It was a tight race as we rounded Waypoint 2, second on the water. We had caught up 32 miles on Rona II overnight, but Urania was only 13 Miles behind us at the noon check in, Tecla some 30 Miles behind her. Crew are steering and trimming brilliantly and there’s a buzz as we near the finish line with such excellent competition.
All three of our young Bermudian watch leaders, Jake Burchall, Denzel Todd, and Kristen Greene, have recently worked their way up from trainees by demonstrating maturity, leadership and a commitment to the ship. They are doing an outstanding job and continue to take advantage of opportunities to improve their skills and knowledge.
We expect to cross the finish line early tomorrow morning, and will be proceeding to Gloucester for a guest appearance in a local Tall Ships festival, while the rest of the fleet catches up for the main Boston event.