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.
Mate Jessica Bucklin
I am Jessica Bucklin, the mate for this season on Seaward. I have been sailing and overseeing student and crew sail training on a number of tall ships the past few years, including Exy Johnson, US Brig Niagara, Gulden Leeuw, Pride of Baltimore II, Spike Africa, Adventuress, and Lady Washington. I am very excited to be stepping up as mate, and I look forward to getting to know the boat and the area this summer.
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 Fiona Josephine Rhodes
Fiona is thrilled to be here for her first season on Seaward! She learned to sail at a young age racing in the Pacific Northwest, and went on to sail with the Exy Johnson, Irving Johnson, and schooners Argo, Denis Sullivan and American Pride. She is currently studying as an apprentice sail maker at Doyle Sails, and is excited to be back on the water for the summer season.
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.