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.

Deckhand Educator Marvin Gomez

“I first became interested in sailing back in 2014 but with no previous connections to the professional sailing industry I made my way from Virginia to the Florida Keys to start off. While I was there I got lessons in sailing and worked on a few boats doing sunset sails and snorkel charters. My first experience with tall ships came after leaving Florida when I went to Australia for a year and landed a job in Sydney Harbor aboard the Southern Swan and Soren Larsen. From then on I decided to stick with tall ship sailing and made my way back to the U.S. where I worked on the Mystic Whaler in Connecticut for two seasons. Between those two seasons I helped prep Sloop Providence in Maine for transit to Virginia down the east coast. I have since assisted them on and off after transit with maintenance and cruises. Now I’m looking to add to my experience by working on the west coast with Call of the Sea and furthering my maritime career.”

Deckhand Educator Kate Dingus

Kate grew up in Kansas but always knew she wanted to work on the water. She has been sailing professionally since 2018, first aboard the schooner Zodiak in Bellingham WA, and then with Grays Harbor and aboard the schooner Virginia, among other tall ships. She loves being a water nomad and the sense of organized chaos that sailing can bring. She also loves being part of a ship’s crew which she feels can be very much like family.

Deckhand Educator Sarah Patulak

Sarah “Spatch” Patulak graduated in 2020 from The University of Connecticut Avery Point with a degree in Maritime Studies. Her love for sailing and the maritime world was solidified after sailing for the first time there. She pursued study abroad experiences to explore the maritime world that she called home in New England and around the world. She attended semesters with both the Williams Mystic Maritime Studies Program and Sea Education Association. Her experience in undergrad inspired her passion of understanding and exploring the human experience and connection to the ocean and watery parts of the world throughout history and contemporary times. It is through sail training and environmental education that she is currently pursuing this goal. Sarah has worked for SEA as a Deckhand/Sailing Intern since 2019, and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of the Maritime world with others and continuing her passion of sailing with Call of the Sea.

Deckhand Educator Annika Vaughan

Annika “Nick” Vaughan began her sailing career two years ago in the San Francisco Bay, learning to sail and race in the local J-105 fleet. Nick has been working with the Matthew Turner as a student and volunteer for nearly a year, and is now embarking on her journey to become a fully fledged deckhand educator. She’s excited to bring her positivity, enthusiasm, and determination to the crew and all she sails with. When not on the water, you can usually find Nick skiing, welding, or telling stories through her art and writing.