Dear Call of the Sea Supporters and Volunteers,
We hope that you are well, and that you took the opportunity to read Alan’s positive message recalling the launch of Matthew Turner on April 1, 2017. One long time supporter commented that “Alan’s dream was contagious in the best sense.” We agree.
For some, knowing that April 1 of this year was to be Matthew Turner’s first overnight voyage with students, the message was bittersweet. All school programs have been canceled for April and May. One teacher responded to the cancellation, “I”m sorry this has happened….It’s the highlight of our year!” A few schools have understandably requested refunds, but more have decided to reschedule in the Fall..
Despite the continuing disappointment about missing the Spring sailing season, we have received some good news this week:
The Coast Guard told us that they will issue a Certificate of inspection (COI) for Matthew Turner, conditioned on passing on-the-water tests! This means that the vessel meets all safety standards, and is licensed to take passengers on the water once we demonstrate that our crew can safely operate it. We will schedule a formal ceremony to celebrate this milestone when we are able to gather as a group.
Schooner Seaward and crew entered US waters, tired but healthy, as you can see from the photo taken yesterday morning of Captain Jay and trainee Natalie as they approached Catalina Island. Track Seaward’s voyage back to Sausalito here.
We received unsolicited, and much appreciated, contributions from three key supporters These funds will enable us to keep Matthew Turner and Seaward insured and safely docked for a few more weeks–and prepared to sail when we can take groups on board.
Thanks to all of you for your continuing interest in how Call of the Sea is faring during the pandemic, and for sharing our dream for healthful sailing on the Bay and coastal waters.
All the best to you and your loved ones,
Steven Woodside, Executive Director