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.

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 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.

Deckhand Educator Amy Green

Amy is an avid sailor and ocean lover. Originally from Minneapolis, Amy grew up sailing and teaching sailing on the lakes of the Twin Cities. She graduated from Boston University in 2019 with a degree in marine science, where she was first introduced to tall ship sailing with Sea Education Association aboard the Robert C. Seamans. She loves to learn about the tiny critters of the ocean and is excited to join the crew at Call of the Sea and share with others her passion for environmental education and conservation.

Deckhand Educator Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson started sailing at age 18 out of the Los Angeles Yacht Club and Buccaneer Yacht Club. With them he crewed for a number of different sailing vessels in many races, such as the SoCal 300, Newport to Ensenada, and the Transpac 2019. From there he found himself working on the brigantine Irving Johnson where he found his love of tall ships. After his time on Irving he then spent 2020-2021 on the east coast working on a number of other tall ships such as the Schooner Alliance, and the Lynx. Sam is looking to use his knowledge of sailing and ship handling to bolster his career in the maritime industry, and to one day be a captain himself!