Amistad sails to Cuba

Amistad by Voytec Wacowski

My friend Voytec reminded me tonight that I’ve forgotten to post about tall ship Amistad’s important visit to Cuba this week. It’s been a while since a US Flagged vessel stopped on the island and maybe this will be one small step toward thawing relations between nations.

It certainly won’t be the first or last time that tall ships serve as ambassadors of goodwill. I’ve written about this tall ship phenomenon before.

Godspeed Amistad.

World Largest Ship Models Rendezvous at the New Bedford Whaling Museum

Earlier this week, Joy, Luke and I had an afterschool adventure at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, homeport of the world’s largest ship model and one of our favorite destinations. We heard that there was another world’s largest model currently laying over at the museum, a real beauty of the classic Concordia yawl.

Today’s New Bedford Standard Times has a great article about Tom Borges, the artist who built this beautiful model. He started the project in 2003 and recreated, in painstaking detail, every element of this classic yawl. Better yet, he’s designed it so that it can actually be sailed.

According to the article and the Whaling Museum’s blog, which has more information about this project, it will only be on display in the museum’s Jacob’s Gallery for the next few weeks. It really is an extraordinary work of maritime art and if you can, you should make every effort to visit the museum to experience it.  

Moby Monday — Cetacean Suggests Sartorial Splendor

Montreal designer Philip Sparks’s fall 2010 menswear collection claims Moby-Dick as its inspiration, though one impressed reviewer says the models look less like working whalemen than like "sailors on shore leave looking for trouble." The getups include pea coats, trench coats, tweed blazers … and even some cropped, supposedly "motorcycle-inspired" toppers that narrator Ishmael would recognize as monkey jackets.

Margaret Guroff is editor and publisher of Power Moby-Dick.

Jason deCaires Taylor and the Cancun and Isla Mujeres Underwater Museum

I’ve written about Jason deCaires Taylor’s beautiful underwater sculpture before. The artist recently started an installation for the Cancun and Isla Mujeres Underwater Museum. Here’s a short video of the first stage.

I’d love to hear if any Sea-Fever readers have ever experienced Jason deCaires Taylor’s work up close and underwater.

Only 2 days left! TALL SHIP SEXY Magazine T-shirt Contest!

Tall Ship Sexy Magazine T-Shirt Contest

Wow, I almost missed this! TALL SHIP SEXY Magazine is running a contest.

The Challenge: on a 7.7 x 7.5 inch page, answer the question “What is sail training?” using no more than 50 words. Pictures, drawings, diagrams may all be used, but please ensure that all artwork is original. Imagine you are answering this question for someone about to sign a check that will cover your operating costs for a year. Yeah, so that means “sail training is life” is out!! Be creative and original…visually stunning is a plus.

The Prize: a TALL SHIP SEXY t-shirt with Christa Weiss original artwork!!

For more information including how to enter and the deadline (which is March 15, 2010), visit TALL SHIP SEXY Magazine.

What are you waiting for?

Livestream of the Oliver Hazard Perry Tall Ship / Experiential Education Symposium

Update: The symposium is over but the live feed was great. I believe that this was thanks to the Media Pro International team. Huzzah for using technology like this to spread the word.  When and if there’s a recording of the event available, I’ll post it back here.

Thanks for tuning in today. This is an exciting project and I wish them good luck and great success.


Little Rhode Island is building a Tall Ship called Oliver Hazard Perry!

The sponsors are putting on an Educational Symposium today (March 12, 2010, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) in theRhode Island Room at the URI U Club, University of Rhode Island. My friend and former colleague Captain Dave Wood is the moderator. He was the captain of the US Coast Guard Barque Eagle and one of the most respected tall ships experts in the world. Under his command, this program should be good.

They are planning to live stream the symposiom, so let’s give it a try.  Check back here at 1 p.m. and learn why tall ships are still important and how sail training can change young lives. And leave your thoughts and comments below.