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.
Head Educator Erich von Hasseln
I am brand new to the San Francisco area, having previously sailed in both the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. Before arriving in the Bay Area, I was sailing along the Californian coast on the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington. My home port is New York, where I learned how to sail as I volunteer on the 1885 schooner Pioneer. The city’s harbor is where I found my place and became fascinated with marine life, historic ships, and the roving life of sailors. On Seaward, I look forward to connecting students to their estuarian backyard and learning all I can about the great maritime history of San Francisco. Off the water, you’ll find me scoping out jazz music, tinkering with the ship’s research equipment, and eating many, many, street tacos.
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 Duncan Harvey
I’m excited to be working as a deckhand and educator this season on the Seaward! My first tall ship experience was aboard the Corwith Cramer as a student on a trip from Rockland, ME to St Croix and I’ve had the sailing bug ever since! After graduating from Middlebury College with a degree in Physics, I moved to Madison, WI to work in Healthcare Software and also bought my first boat, a small catamaran called a Hobie 16. After another move to sunny San Diego (with my boat) I got into racing bigger catamarans called F-18’s, learning a ton about sailing in the process! When an opportunity came up to sail again with the Corwith Cramer as a deckhand in Fall/Winter 2018, I couldn’t pass it up. I learned about the Seaward through some former crew members while on that trip and wanted to be a part of the amazing program to share my knowledge of sailing and marine ecosystems, so here I am!
Brigantine Matthew Turner
Capt. Stephen Taylor
Stephen discovered his love of boats at an early age, constructing his first vessel when he was eight years old with his younger brother. He became the captain of his first ship in 2000, running the Schooner Appledore up and down the East Coast of the United States. Over the past two decades, Stephen has worked on many types of vessels, from sailing ships to motor yachts and commercial vessels. Along the way he discovered his greatest joy came from Tallship Education. Stephen has captained vessels on both coasts of the United States, done Trans-Atlantic crossings, and explored remote places in the Caribbean and Cuba. Most recently Stephen was honored to captain the Historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner Roseway in the Gloucester Schooner Race of 2018. Some of the other Tallships Stephen has had the pleasure to operate as Captain are the Schooner Bill of Rights, the Brig Lady Washington, the Brigantines Irving and Exy Johnson, the Schooner Harvey Gamage, and others. Stephen is thrilled to be back on San Francisco Bay and is looking forward to further explorations on the Great Pacific. Most importantly, Stephen is excited to begin his next adventure in Youth Education and Community Engagement with the Brigantine Matthew Turner and Call of the Sea.
Mate 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 Chief Mate.