Schooner Seaward

Capt. Jay Grant

I’m looking forward to the season here in the Bay on the Schooner Seaward, and my first season with Call of the Sea. My introduction to sailing began with my father back in the late 1960s on small sailing dinghies and later progressed to larger yachts. I have been a USCG commercial skipper since the early 1980s on sail and power vessels in the Caribbean, East and West Coast USA, Hawaii, Australia and the Mediterranean. As well as being a commercial captain, I am a qualified Sailing Instructor through US Sailing, and RYA YachtMaster Offshore Instructor. As I’m a dual citizen of USA and Australia, this enables me to teach all over the world. I enjoy what I do especially when it helps individuals find the same passion for sailing as I have either as a career or simply for pleasure. We have an experienced and energetic crew and we all look forward to seeing you onboard the Seaward this summer.

Capt. James (Jay) Grant

Mate Jessica Bucklin

Jessica Bucklin has worked on a number of boats, overseeing student and crew sail training, around the country and abroad.   Past posts include Exy Johnson, US Brig Niagara, Gulden Leeuw, Pride of Baltimore II, Spike Africa, Adventuress, and Lady Washington.  She started on Seaward as Mate in the spring of 2019 and has now sailed her around the bay and to Mexico and back. She is happy to be continuing to sail Seaward on the bay, now as a Captain. 

Deckhand Educator Thanie Pesavento

After moving to the Bay Area from my home in Brazil in 2013, I became interested in sailing. I learned to sail keelboats up to 30’ at OCSC in Berkeley. Since then, I have sailed up the California coast on a tall ship called Lady Washington through Grey’s Harbor Historical Seaport, as well as sailing Lady Washing around the Bay. My first touch with Call of the Sea was as a Volunteer, helping to build Matthew Turner, where I met tons of wonderful people. I was privileged enough to join the crew of Seaward for this season, and I am extremely excited for this new chapter of my sailing career.

Brigantine Matthew Turner

Capt. Adrian McCullough

Adrian McCullough started his sailing career at age 15 on a French training ship following the footsteps of Christopher Columbus and unearthing the mystery of the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. He then finished a university degree in Environmental Studies and Geography before heading back out to sea. Over the last 30 years Adrian studied traditional wooden boat building at a small school on a remote British Columbian island and has continued his maritime service aboard traditional ships and schooners. A partial list includes SV Schooner Adventuress, SV Irving Johnson, SV Exy Johnson, SV Bill of Rights, SV Lady Washington, and SV Hawaiian Chieftain. The mission of these vessels is youth education and sail training. While working on those vessels, Adrian has honed his teaching and sail training skills in a variety of programs and environments. He has also been involved in several conservation initiatives. Adrian’s most recent work experience was with the National Park Service onboard the National Historic Landmark SV Alma (1891) as a Captain for the 2018 sailing season. Prior to this, he worked on SV Freda B for eight seasons, serving as a master for the last three. Adrian brings extensive local knowledge and the proven ability to successfully navigate through challenging and ever changing conditions of San Francisco Bay and west coast with professional crews and volunteers while carrying passengers and students. In early 2018, Adrian began as a rigger and adviser on Matthew Turner and is now currently the Captain.

Mate Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca got started on tall ships as a volunteer on the Barque Elissa while going to college at Texas Maritime Academy.  After graduating she spent three years sailing on the schooner Mary Day out of Camden, Maine.  For the past several years she has been sailing around the north Atlantic and south Pacific on the brigantines Corwith Cramer and Robert C Seamans teaching students how to sail the vessels, and conducting scientific research.  Rebecca is excited about the opportunity to sail on a new vessel.

Bosun Nicholas Canaparo

My name is Nicholas Canaparo. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, growing up sailing and exploring the waters and mountains which I to call home.  I am a professional educator and mariner, holding a B.A. in adventure education as well as merchant mariner ratings in both the United States and the Nederlands.  I began working in the field of outdoor and adventure based education in 2013 and have since taken part and lead expedition based programs with students all over the world: from climbing expeditions in the Himalayas, to leading Outward Bound courses off the granite coast of Maine. For the past five years, I have focused on working mentoring students in the unique lessons that can be learned aboard sailing vessels. I recently worked for a high school at sea with sixty students sailing from Amsterdam to the Caribbean and back over the course of a nine month school year.  I am excited to return to the San Francisco Bay and join the amazing team of Call of The Sea.