Tall Ship Sail-Training Opportunity for Young Adults

Splicing, photo courtesy of Picton Castle Bosun School.

The barque Picton Castle, a flagship of the Ocean State Tall Ships Festival, has announced that it will offer a Bosun School for young adults (ages 16-30) in Bristol, Rhode Island, from June 24 to July 3.

Picton Castle’s Bosun School attracts both experienced sailors and novices from around the world to live and work on board the tall ship and learn the time-honored skills and arts of traditional seamanship.

“This is not your typical summer adventure or camp experience. Instead, it is a rare opportunity to learn and live the world of traditional seamanship in one of the world’s premier sailing ships,” said Tall Ships America Executive Director Bert Rogers.

Navigating, photo courtesy of Picton Castle Bosun School.

Picton Castle operates year-round as a sail-training vessel, and it will make its 6th voyage to the South Pacific in the fall of 2012. Some of its 26 crewmembers will be trainees, with no previous experience on tall ships, and according to Picton Castle’s Captain Daniel Moreland (Lunenburg, Nova Scotia) they will learn the same skill set being taught at the Bosun School this summer.

“Mariners need skills that make them one with their ship and resourceful in all areas,” said Moreland, who conducts Bosun School classes with help from his crew and guest instructors. “They must be competent at small-boat handling, splicing, rigging, sail repair, pumps, and should have some familiarity with engines. This is what the Bosun School seeks to provide.”

For more information about the Bosun School and how to participate, contact Maggie Ostler at info@picton-castle.com (902-634-9984) or visit www.picton-castle.com

For more information about Tall Ships America or to learn how to sign aboard a tall ship, visit www.tallshipsamerica.org or contact Lori Aguiar (401-846-1775) lori@tallshipsamerica.com

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