Giving Thanks

November 27th, 2020|

Papa Hemingway’s writing means more to me now that I am old than when I was a boy and first read his last work of fiction.  The short novel begins by describing what the

Stormy Weather

November 18th, 2020|

“Now is the Winter of our Discontent…” So begins the Shakespeare play about the corrupt and manipulative thirst for power and short reign of King Richard III. Centuries later, John Steinbeck borrowed

Women in the News and Aloft

October 28th, 2020|

Was it the sea? Responding, maybe, to celestial force? To be safe, I prayed. I tried to be a better person. These words were written by Louise Gluck who won the Nobel Prize for

When will the skies clear?

October 2nd, 2020|

“Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire.” When Robert Frost wrote “Fire and Ice” in 1920,

Navigating through Uncharted Territory

August 7th, 2020|

In recent days it was as if we were in the 19th Century, sailing nicely after weeks in the doldrums, navigating with compass, sextant, watch and sketchy charts, and looking ahead with a spyglass.

Summer 2020 Appeal

June 25th, 2020|

Donate with your Credit Card Save On the Water Education Keep Call of the Sea Afloat Your donation today is needed to sustain Call of the Sea, its incredible

Seaward Resumes Sailing Programs

June 24th, 2020|

“The sea has known so many races, and bears testimony to none.” The Wind is Free, 1949, by Frank Wrightman (1896-1970) (b. South Africa) For centuries, much has been written about this distinctive attribute of the

For you I will be a boat

June 16th, 2020|

“I promise I will save you When you cannot stay afloat And if your tears can fill an ocean Then for you I will be a boat.” E. H. (circa 2012) These words

Keeping the Dream Alive

June 7th, 2020|

When the pandemic storm first reached the Bay Area in March, it forced brigantine Matthew Turner to batten down and stay tied to the Army Corps/Bay Model Pier. We canceled schooner Seaward’s remaining Mexico voyages and she flew

Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay

May 30th, 2020|

Dear Call of the Sea Community, When Otis Redding wrote "Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay," on a houseboat at Waldo Point in Sausalito more than 50 years ago, it would have been

Memorial Day 2020

May 23rd, 2020|

Friends, For many of you, this Memorial Day will be difficult. No traveling to that far-away place where a wreath or bouquet is laid, and there is whispering to a lost loved one. No

One Small, Big Step on Matthew Turner

May 15th, 2020|

Dear members of the Call of the Sea community, Looking back over the seven years that brigantine Matthew Turner was under construction, it would be very difficult to say that one step of the