Brigantine Matthew Turner

Capt. Adrian McCullough

Adrian McCullough started his sailing career at age 15 on a French training ship sailing throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. He has a university degree in Environmental Studies and Geography. 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, including SV Schooner Adventuress, SV Irving Johnson, SV Exy Johnson, SV Bill of Rights, SV Lady Washington, and SV Hawaiian Chieftain.  Adrian also worked with the National Park Service onboard the National Historic Landmark SV Alma (1891) as a Captain. He also worked on SV Freda B for eight seasons, serving as a master for the last three.  In early 2018, Adrian began as a rigger and adviser on Matthew Turner and is now currently the Captain.  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.

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.

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.

Deckhand Educator Isabella Diefendorf

Isabella began her sailing career as crew aboard the S/Y Argo. After completing two Atlantic crossings, she decided to pursue a life in seamanship and environmental education. She has always been passionate about oceanography and marine ecology, and is an environmental science major at the University of Chicago. She is a nationally registered EMT and coast guard certified offshore medic. In her free time she makes collages out of magazine clippings. Isabella looks forward to bringing her passion for social and environmental outreach and education aboard the Matthew Turner.

Deckhand Educator Raffi Altman-Allen

Raffi grew up sailing little boats on SF Bay and started sailing tall ships as a student onboard the Robert C. Seamans, doing oceanographic research between New Zealand and Tahiti. They recently graduated from Roger Williams University with a degree in Marine Biology and Chinese. In addition to their tall ship experience, Raffi was captain of their high school sailing team, has completed the US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor training, and likes to look over the edge of docks to identify what is growing on them. They are passionate both about teaching sailing and environmental education, and are excited to be a part of the Matthew Turner crew and share their enthusiasm for the water and weird fish facts with a captive audience.