Are you intrigued about the life of a sailor?  Do you love traditional sailing ships?  Is the ocean calling you?

If so, join us on brigantine Matthew Turner for a skills building experience for ages 14 and up.

Call of the Sea’s new three day Tall Ship Skills Workshop will introduce you to the skills required to crew on a traditionally rigged ship.  Participants will climb aloft, learn how to safely handle the lines used to control the sails, practice the most essential knots, join the professional crew to sail the ship and practice safety maneuvers such as Man Overboard!

Navigation and voyage planning will be covered and essential communication and teamwork skills will practiced in the course of daily activities which will be a mix of short dockside training sessions and long sails on San Francisco Bay, one of the most challenging inland bodies of water for sailing in the world!

2024 Sessions Details Includes:
June 19-21, 2024 Ages 14 + Lunch on board with the crew
July 17-19, 2024 Hours:  9:00 am-4:00 pm Tall Ship Handbook and knot instructions
July 31- August 2, 2024 $695 for 3 days. * financial aid available Brigantine Matthew Turner Shirt

Subjects and Skills covered:

  • Aloft rig climbing, sail theory, line handling
  • Call backs and communications on deck and underway
  • Safety at Sea: Crew overboard procedure
  • Sailing maneuvers:  tack and wear ship, raise and furl sails, docking procedures
  • Voyage planning, weather & navigation:   introduction to nautical charts, dead reckoning, GPS navigation
  • Essential Knots:  Bowline, Round turn & 2 Half Hitches, Clove Hitch, Square knot, Sheet bend, Barrel knot
  • Teamwork:  Tall ships are successfully sailed when the crew support each other and work together!

Photo by Lyon Omohundro

How to sign up:

  1. Register
  2. Pay deposit, pay in full or request scholarship support
  3. Submit waiver
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To request financial support, submit the scholarship application.  Grants are awarded on a sliding scale based on need.  We aim to ensure that all who wish to participate may do so, regardless of income level.

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