Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to numerous collections of historic vessels, from sail to steam to submarine, announces the first stage of 2018 curriculum to train individuals 18+ how to sail and maintain tall ships.
Vessel training includes learning the skill to sail the 19th century Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing tall ship, plus the official tall ship for the state Californian and the recently built 16thcentury Spanish galleon replica San Salvador.
Sail and maintenance crew members will learn skills such as knot tying, laying aloft (climbing the rigging), sail setting, sail theory, maintenance of the ships, and much more.
Dr. Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., president/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego describes the opportunity enthusiastically, “So many people dream of this opportunity. This class is designed as the first step to learn to become a tall ship sailor and volunteer time as a dedicated and well-respected member of the Maritime Museum of San Diego.”
Open orientation will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the Maritime Museum of San Diego aboard the steam ferryboat Berkeley. The first class will be held at 8 a.m. sharp Sunday, July 15. Classes are limited to 300 participants, free and require Museum membership. Participants must be 18 and older and provide their own health insurance. Classes continue every Sunday through August 19.
One hundred of the class of 300 sailors attending classes will be chosen for stage two of the training program: Sept. 9 through Nov. 11. Successful graduates will transfer their skills on the water when the fleet puts to sea with the Star of India’s anniversary sail event Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18.
Long-term graduates of the program will also have the opportunity to volunteer as sail crew aboard additional Maritime Museum fleet vessels including the 18th century replica frigate HMS Surprise and 20th century steam yacht Medea.
Tall ship sail class candidates should visit sdmaritime.org for more details.
–Maritime Museum of San Diego