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Heading to the Amazon? Google Maps Street View can help! by Peter A. Mello
March 24, 2012, 4:08 pm
Filed under: Environment, Experience, life | Tags:

Check out the AmazonUNESCO World Heritage Sites, Historic Italy and a bunch more.



Moby-Monday: A Whale of a Weekend! (#mdm15) by Peter A. Mello

Moby-Monday is back and inspired by an extraordinary event organized by the New Bedford Whaling Museum. From all accounts the 15th Annual Moby-Dick Marathon was a great success!

I took my seven-year old son Luke to the Seamen’s Bethel on Saturday for Chapters 7 (The Chapel), 8 (The Pulpit) and 9 (The Sermon). Since I am on the Board of Managers of the New Bedford Port Society I am obviously biased, but there is no better place to experience a Moby-Dick reading than the place where Melville actually worshiped.  Here are a few pictures and a video from that experience.

Seamen's Bethel prior to 15th Annual Moby-Dick Marathon

The Sermon in the Seamen's Bethel, Moby-Dick Marathon

After taking this in, the tide of Moby-Dick enthusiasts carried us across the street to the Jacob’s Family Gallery in the Whaling Museum, the home port of the Moby-Dick Marathon, where there was a full house and lots of great energy.

Jacobs Family Gallery, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Moby-Dick Marathon

On Sunday mornings, we typically listen to classical music but this week we tuned into the livestream of the event. While listening Luke was hard at work in the corner with his carpenter’s kit and by mid-morning he had built a whaleship for my office! The extraordinary convergence and power of great art and new technology in action inspiring a young boy to dream and create!

Thanks and congratulations to the New Bedford Whaling Museum for putting on a great show! Using the livestream and an active Twitter feed, people were able to enjoy the experience without actually having to be present. Of course, there is no substitute for being there in body, soul and spirit. The New Bedford Whaling Museum is an extraordinary small museum that keep getting better. I’m already looking forward to the 16th Annual Moby-Dick Marathon!



How long can you hold your breath and how deep do you dare to go? by Peter A. Mello

From Guillaume Nery’s blog:

This video is a FICTION and an ARTISTIC PROJECT, I don’t claim to have reached the bottom of the hole (202m) without rope and fins, as the world record in no-fins discipline is 95m. We made this movie to show another approach in freediving videos. We wanted to express the strenght of the elements water-earth-air and the sensations of freedom, harmony, exploration.

All the shots were made on breath hold by Julie Gautier.

We directed and edited the movie ourself, Julie and me. Jerome Espla (Poisson Lune Productions) was the gradder of the clip (color corrections…).

The music is from ARCHIVEyou make me feel.

The camera is a Canon 5D mark II

Location: Dean’s Blue Hole, Long Island, Bahamas

FICTION and an ARTISTIC PROJECT, impressive just the same! Especially, since it was shot with a digital SLR!



Survival Stories: Pride of Baltimore by Peter A. Mello
February 21, 2010, 11:51 am
Filed under: Experience, life, maritime, storytelling, tall ships | Tags: , , ,

It’s tough to imagine what was going through the minds of the young students of the tall ship Concordia during the 40 hours spent in life rafts riding turbulent seas after their ship, school and home capsized and sank 500 miles off the coast of Brazil last Wednesday.

On May 14, 1986, the topsail schooner Pride of Baltimore also sailed into a microburst and sank.  Tragically, she lost 4 souls. Next time you are in Baltimore you can visit the monument honoring the lives of Captain Armin Elsaesser 42;  Engineer Vincent Lazarro, 27; Carpenter Barry Duckworth, 29 and Seaman Nina Schack, 23.

To get an idea of what might have been going through the minds of the Concordia sail trainees, watch this video of  the Pride of Baltimore survivors telling their harrowing sea stories. The video quality is poor but it’s really the audio that’s more important.



High School Tall Ship Concordia Sinks Off Brazil by Peter A. Mello
February 19, 2010, 12:13 pm
Filed under: Education, Experience, life, sail training, tall ships | Tags: , , ,

I will continue to update this post with articles about the sinking of the Concordia. There’s a lot of duplicate content out there so I’ll do my best to curate the best, most relevant. While I am a huge fan of the Class Afloat program you may see posts with different opinions since I think examining this incident from different perspectives can be valuable and instructive. Thanks for visiting and please feel free to leave your thoughts in a comment below.

Why I created this long post about Concordia sinking Sea-Fever blog – Feb. 24, 2010

Update March 24, 2010

Student Survival Story from High School Tall Ship Concordia Sinking (video) Sea-Fever blog – March 24, 2010

Update March 15, 2010

Sinking of ship and skiing out of bounds not similar Calgary Herald March 15. 2010

Class Afloat plans to sail again Calgary Herald March 12, 2010

Safety board interviews Concordia captain, officers The Chronicle Herald March 12, 2010

Students granted free use of town recreation facilities SouthshoreNow March 8, 2010

GME EPIRB credited for saving all 64 in schoolship sinking SailWorld.com March 8, 2010

Survivor talks of shipwreck experience Battle Creek Enquirer March 4, 2010

Canadian TSB Investigates The Sinking Of Concordia Off The Coast Of Brazil The Gov Monitor March 3, 2010

Bearspaw student reflects on shipwreck experience Cochrane Eagle March 3, 2010

Crew waited 40 hours for rescue: Concordia officer Toronto Sun – March 3, 2010

Tall ship passed stability testing, owners say Globe and Mail March 2, 2010

Class Afloat Sails On Southshore Now – March 1, 2010

BC Man Helped Others Off Sinking Ship WoodTV8 – Feb. 28, 2010

Buoyed by Coverage Calgary Herald – Feb. 28, 2010

Update Feb. 27, 2010 11:00 EST

Young heroes surfaced in high seas ordeal – Emergency training aboard tall ship helped produce maritime miracle Calgary Herald – Feb. 27, 2010

Ship Sinks, West Michigan Man Helps Passengers Evacuate FOX17 – Feb 26, 2010

Update Feb. 26, 2010 8:00 PM EST

Class Afloat to celebrate safe return – Reception planned to reunite students, staff who survived sinking of SV Concordia Chronicle Herald – Feb. 26, 2010

Safety, preparation go together EMC South Ottawa – Feb. 26, 2010 *must read!

Back on land, but not for good TVNZ – Feb. 26, 2010

Local teenager’s sailing trip abroad ends in open water NC Advertiser – Feb. 26, 2010

Sailing days over, says wreck survivor CBCNews – Feb. 26, 2010

Update Feb. 25, 2010 10:00 PM EST

Interview with Tall Ship Concordia Captain Bill Curry on Sinking Sea-Fever blog Feb. 25, 2010

Update Feb. 25, 2010 noon EST

Whitehorse girl home from tall-ship ordeal CBCNews Feb. 25, 2010

How to be prepared when disaster strikes The Globe and Mail – Feb. 25, 2010

Tall ship crew well-prepared for emergency, says survivor from Gatineau Ottawa Citizen – Feb. 25, 2010

The Sailing Yacht Concordia (Tall ship) due to call at Tristan da Cunha in March sinks off Brazil The Tristan Times (Brazil) Feb. 25, 2010

Tall ship sinking probe focuses on response time TheStar.com – Feb. 24, 2010

Cowichan Bay student at home after shipwreck off Brazil Times Colonist – Feb. 24, 2010

Agency investigating sinking of Concordia to interview ship’s captain this week MetroNews Vancouver – Feb. 24, 2010

Captain of sunken ship to face questions The Edmonton Sun – Feb. 24. 2010

Update Feb. 24, 2010 noon EST

Local native has ties to sunken SV Concordia Standard Freeholder Feb. 24, 2010

Local teen survived tall ship disaster Northumberland Today – Feb. 24. 2010

Class Afloat Ponders the Future The Chronicle Herald – Feb. 24, 2010

Survivors tell tales of 40-hour ordeal at sea The Windsor Star – Feb. 21 2010

NZ student on way home after boat capsized Otago Daily Times – Feb. 24, 2010

West Van teen survives 38-hour life raft ordeal North Shore News – Feb. 24, 2010

Class Afloat prof recounts shipwreck MetroNews.ca – Feb. 23, 2010

Grandmother relieved after hearing from granddaughter who was aboard SV Concordia The News (Pictou) Feb. 23, 2010

Incident Photo of The Week – Tall Ship Capsizes, Students Rescued At Sea gCaptain – Feb. 23, 2010

Update Feb. 23, 2010 11:00 PM EST

Brazilian navy faults Canadian ship for sinking The Montreal Gazette – Feb. 23, 2010

Could the Brig Prince William Replace the Barkentine Concordia Sea-Fever blog – Feb. 23, 2010

The Story Behind the Story Lloyd’s List Feb. 24, 2010

Two MOL-owned Woodchip Carriers Rescue Shipwrecked Students PRLog – Feb. 23, 2010

Probe to shed light on sinking of S.V. Concordia The Globe and Mail Feb. 23, 2010

Update Feb.23, 2010 6:00 PM EST

Lost-at-sea student describes 41 hours on life raft Peace Arch News – Feb. 23, 2010

Trenton teacher survives ship sinking Trentonian – Feb.23, 2010

N.S. teacher stays calm on rough seas – The Chronicle Herald – Feb. 22, 2010

Emotional bonds forged during 40 hours adrift at sea Calgary Herald – Feb. 23, 2010

Unanswered questions about the sinking Globe and Mail – Feb. 23, 2010

Update Feb. 23, 2010 10:00 AM EST

Concordia Liferafts via AMVER blog courtesy of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd

Concordia Rescue Photos via AMVER Sea-Fever blog – Feb. 23, 2010

Exclusive photos of the Concordia rescue – AMVER blog – Feb. 23, 2010

Dead calm to screaming winds – South Atlantic weather changes in seconds, says Brazilian sailor The Chronicle Herald Feb. 23, 2010

‘I didn’t think we would be rescued': British teenager reveals how she spent two days in a lifeboat in middle of Atlantic after tall ship capsized – DailyMail – Feb. 23, 2010

Tall Ship Teens Saved After Two Days In Ocean SkyNews – Feb. 23, 2010

Concordia’s Voyage and Sinking (Graphic from The Globe and Mail) Sea-Fever blog Feb. 23, 2010

Raising children entails exposing them to risk – Vancouver Sun Feb. 23, 2010

Update Feb. 22, 2010 10:00 PM EST

First-hand account of the sinking of the Concordia Globe and Mail Feb. 22, 2010

Former Acadia prof recounts sinking of SV Concordia The Chronicle Herald – Feb. 22, 2010

Calgary teen watched ship go down CBCNews – Feb. 22, 2010

Two rainy nights singing Disney: How Class Afloat survived at sea National Post – Feb. 22, 2010

Burlington teen recounts shipwreck ordeal TheStar.com – Feb. 22, 2010

Islander safe after ship sinks off Brazil The Guardian – Feb. 22, 2010

Teen home after 41 hours on a life raft Peace Arch News – Feb. 22, 2010

Rescued teens reunited with families at Pearson (+video) TheStar.com – Feb. 22, 2010

Concordia, AMVER, EPIRBs and At Sea Rescues Sea-Fever blog – Feb. 22, 2010

more about “Students Survive Two Days at Sea – CB…”, posted with vodpod

Update Feb. 22, 2010 Noon EST

Interview with Ben Strong of the United States AMVER unit regarding epirbs and at sea rescues.

AMVER (Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System) website | blog | Twitter | iPhone App

Update Feb. 22, 2010 9:00 AM EST

School awaits investigation into ship sinking CBCNews Feb. 22, 2010

Students who survived ship sinking arrive back home CTVEdmonton Feb. 22, 2010

Parents of rescued students say full tale of ordeal yet to be told Calgary Herald – Feb. 22, 2010

Students who survived ship sinking arrive at Pearson TheStar.com – Feb. 22, 2010

Rescue light in sky ‘best feeling in world’ for shipwrecked group Vancouver Sun – Feb. 22, 2010

British teenager saved after drifting for two days in Atlantic on a lifeboat London Evening Standard – Feb. 22, 2010

Update Feb. 21, 2010 10:00 PM EST

Message from Class Afloat About Returning Concordia Students – Feb. 21, 2010

Class Afloat program classes to continue Calgary Sun – Feb. 21. 2010

Concordia Timeline: From Abandon Ship to RescueSea-Fever blog via Calgary Herald – Feb. 21. 2010

Shipwrecked teens to reunite with families in Toronto – Toronto Sun – Feb. 21, 2010

Update Feb. 21, 2010 8:00 PM EST

Survivor tells sister of ship ordeal The National – Feb. 21, 2010

Uncertainty over whether sea school program will continue after ‘miracle at sea’ Calgary Herald – Feb. 21, 2010

High school on the open seas – Globe and Mail – Feb. 21, 2010

Update Feb. 21, 2010 3:00 PM EST

Brazil defends its search efforts in shipwreck - The Washington Post – Feb. 21, 2010

Shipwrecked students drifted in rafts for 24 hours – News3 New Zealand – Feb. 21, 2010

Survivors of Canadian ship sinking prepare for return home from Brazil The Canadian Press – Feb. 21, 2010

Update Feb. 21, 2010 12:00 EST

Survival Stories: Pride of Baltimore Sea-Fever blog – Feb. 21, 2010

Update Feb. 21, 2010 9:00 AM EST

Concordia, sailing ships and microbursts Sea-Fever blog – Feb. 21, 2010

Domino effect of bad luck led to sinking The Globe and Mail Feb. 21, 2010

Survivors tell tales of 40-hour ordeal at sea – Vancouver Sun – Feb. 21, 2010

Ship’s survivors recall scramble to safety The Globe and Mail – Feb. 21, 2010

Class Afloat attracted only top students Calgary Herald – Feb. 20, 2010

Update Feb. 20, 2010 10:00 PM EST

Shipwrecked Students Feared Remote Death at Sea New York Times Feb. 20, 2010

64 People from Shipwrecked Canadian Sailboat Concordia Arrived Safe in Rio Latin American Herald Tribune Feb. 20, 2010

Update Feb. 20, 2010 8:00 PM EST

“It was like the Titanic” Passengers drifted for 30 hours before rescue TheStar.com Feb. 20, 2010

Update Feb. 20, 2010 5:30 PM EST

We’ve made it! British teenagers survive 40-hour ordeal after ship is sunk by towering waves Mail Online Feb. 20, 2010

Update Feb. 20, 2010 1:00 PM EST

Ship sinking was like the Titanic, student tells dad The Star.com Feb. 20, 2010

Survivors say Canadian tall ship sank in minutes (video/audio)  CTV Edmonton – Feb. 20, 2010

Captain of floating university: Sudden ‘microburst’ knocked ship onto side off Brazilian coast The Canadian Press – Feb. 20, 2010

Scorza AFP Getty images

Rescued Canadians dock in Rio – The Globe and Mail – Feb. 20, 2010

Rescued students arrive in Rio - CBC News – Feb. 20, 2010

Training helped save students as Canadian ship sank: teacher The Star.com – Feb. 20, 2010

‘Absolute nightmare’ ends well for students Edmonton Journal – Feb. 20, 2010

Canadian agency won’t play big role in probe The Chronicle Herald – Feb 20, 2010

Updated  Feb. 19, 2010 – 11:00 PM EST

Students safe after capsizing of N.S.-based ship CBC – Feb. 19, 2010

Canadian School Ship Sinks Off Brazil; All Rescued NPR – Feb. 19, 2010

Updated Feb. 19, 2010 – 10:00 PM EST There is still so little information available about what happened but the following story at least let’s us know that some communication has occurred with the captains of both the Concordia and the rescuing ship and that there are no serious injuries. The rest at this point is all speculation and conjecture. One thing that we do know for sure is that going to sea has always been and will always be fraught with risk and that’s one of the reasons why the experience can be so powerful.

Nova Scotia school ship sinks off Brazil; all safe but parents want answers The Canadian Press – Feb. 19, 2010

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Very sad news today about the sinking of the high school tall ship Concordia sinking off the coast of Brazil in heavy weather. Thankfully all students and crew were rescued.

This story is still developing so not a lot of details are available; however, here are a few news reports.

Students rescued from sinking ship – CBC News Feb. 19, 2010

Canadian students ‘safe’ after boat capsizes off Brazil – TheStar.com Feb. 19, 2010

64 rescued after ‘catastrophic problems’ strike Canadian ship off Brazil – The Gazette – Feb. 19, 2010

I’ve posted about Concordia’s amazing program in the past and know the former owner and several of the captains and crew from my American Sail Training Association days. If you are not familiar with the Concordia or Class Afloat, please take a few minutes to watch this video about their amazing life forming programs for young students.

During a time when so many sail training vessels and tall ships are experiencing challenges, this is even more sad news. Concordia was a wonderful ship that did great work over the years and she will be sorely missed.



It was a perfect day for jumping into the clouds. by Peter A. Mello
September 10, 2009, 12:09 am
Filed under: Experience, life, sailing

From YouTube:

We had a wonderfull day on the 3rd of september 2009 in Holland.
Winds exceeding over more than 44 knots. Conditions: Sun, rain and thunder, and mostly Storm, storm, STORM!

It was a perfect day with me and Ruben Len10 doing a Stormsjees 3 tour along the coast, which started out of the blue. First spot was Wijk aan Zee for a real hard trashing on Ruben, then off to Scheveningen to do some more. Also there was Eddy Lansink doing his thing to, and very well indeed!
So here’s some extreme footage of Eddy. Get flabbergasted! it’s Absurd !
Maybe the biggest Jump in the world so far.. or is it?….

I agree.

Flag dip to Mr. Boat Blog.



Hope these guys know good chiropractors! by Peter A. Mello
September 2, 2009, 1:00 pm
Filed under: Experience, life | Tags: ,

Wow!

Dream Result, scheduled for release Spring 2010 (movie website)



How young is too young to sail alone around the world? by Peter A. Mello

I first sailed to Bermuda when I was 14 years old.  It was a pretty significant milestone in my life.  From what I can remember of it today, more three decades later, it was also a significant accomplishment, psychologically, emotionally and physically. Of course, I was on a 128′ tall ship with 20 other adolescents and there was also this other little factor that the ship was under the command of a master mariner.

This morning, Mike Perham, a 17 year old Briton, became the youngest person to solo circumnavigate the globe.  Mike’s prior experience included crossing the Atlantic at the age of 14. Here’s a BBC video/audio report upon Mike’s arrival this morning.

In yesterday’s Los Angeles Times,  Pete Thomas wrote an interesting article titled More Teens Choose High-Seas Journeys.  A more accurate title for the article might have been Younger Teens Choose High-Seas Journeys as the race today is less about who will be the fastest around the globe but rather who will be the youngest.

While I find it difficult to make a definitive statement with an absolute age on this controversy, it does seem to be getting a little ridiculous. I guess there will always be 2 schools of thought about these types of things with freedom of choice on one side and youth competency and parental responsibility on the other. Mankind has always been designed to push the limits, whatever they might be.

There’s an interesting conversation over at the Free Range Kids blog that you should check out if you are at all interested in this controversy. And from a slightly different perspective, check out the comments on BoingBoing.

Here are the websites of the youth sailors so you can read their own words about their adventures.



Senator Edward Kennedy, Sailor. R.I.P. by Peter A. Mello
August 26, 2009, 10:07 pm
Filed under: Experience, Leadership, life, maritime, sailing, tall ships | Tags: ,

Senator Kennedy - Martin Luther King Center Sail 2004

Just over a month ago I wrote a post about the loss of an American sailing icon, Walter Cronkite, and tonight it’s sad to think about the loss of another, Senator Edward Kennedy.

The above photo was taken in 2004 aboard the schooner Aurora in Newport, RI when I was executive director of the American Sail Training Association. We arranged a morning sail for a youth group from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center and invited our local Congressman Patrick Kennedy to experience sail training first hand. Without advance notice Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy showed up at the dock too.  He came aboard to meet the young people and share his enthusiasm and passion for sailing.   As we departed the harbor, he sailed passed us at the helm of his beautiful schooner Mya.

Over the years I had several occasions to meet with the Senator and every time impressed me more. They say this about all great leaders, but when you were in his presence you really felt that he was totally focused on you and what you had to say.  Of course, our brief meetings were always about tall ships and sailing, topics that were very important to him.  As a student of leadership,  I often reflect back on my very short, yet impactful experiences with the Senator and am grateful that I had the opportunity to spend time with him.



FotoFriday: Under the Piers by Peter A. Mello
August 7, 2009, 12:02 am
Filed under: Experience, maritime, photography | Tags: , ,


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Jerry Hiller takes photographs under piers. Pure and simple yet a bit surreal and beautiful.

Check out his website for more.

Photo credit: Jerry Hiller Photographs 117 Originally uploaded by jerryhillerphotographs




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