RI Tall Ship Teacher-Training Cruise Underway

Gazela photo/Philadelphia Ship Preservaton Guild

The non-profit organization Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) is hosting its first public education program aboard the 177’ tall ship Gazela. Six Rhode Island teachers and professors are currently sailing on a 5-day education-at-sea voyage to Newport from the ship’s homeport of Philadelphia, and they will arrive this Thursday, July 5, just prior to the kick-off of the Ocean State Tall Ships Festival in Newport (July 6-9).

The purpose of the trip is to replicate the educational platform that Rhode Island’s official sailing-education vessel, the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, will provide when it is commissioned a year from now as a 196’ long, 13 _-story tall ship. The schools represented onboard are Salve Regina University (Newport), Paul Cuffee School (Providence), Chariho Regional School District (Southern Rhode Island), The Greene School (West Greenwich) and Toll Gate High School (Warwick)

“We are building ambassadors for our program by showing Rhode Island educators what OHPRI is doing, why we are doing it, and how they can be a part of it and lead it throughout the state,” said OHPRI’s Vice Chairman Perry Lewis (Middletown), adding that the Gazela’s crew will be taught the ropes, literally, by Captain Richard Bailey (Wellfleet), who commanded the HMS Rose when it sailed as the largest active wooden tall ship in the world and also will serve as captain of the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry.

For more information visit www.OHPRI.org or contact Vice Chair Perry Lewis at OHPRI headquarters, (401-841-0080).

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