RI Tall Ship Headed to Arctic Circle This Summer

Organizers with the Rhode Island Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry plan to undertake a historic voyage this summer to the Arctic Circle and into the Northwest Passage. To raise money for the voyage, the organization’s popular annual summer fund-raising party will return Friday, June 30, to Newport Shipyard, with a lively “75o North” theme.

If all goes according to plan, by the end of 2017 the 200’ Perry, America’s largest civilian training vessel and the first ocean going full-rigged ship to be built in the U.S. in over 100 years, will have covered an impressive 14,000 nautical miles on its journeys and become the first full-rigged ship to sail the Northwest Passage in 100 years. The goal of its Arctic expedition (in partnership with the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography and funded by the National Science Foundation) is to observe, study, and report on how a changing climate and the loss of summer sea ice is affecting the environment, wildlife and indigenous people.

“The Perry represents an unprecedented $16 million privately-funded economic development project that has supported hundreds of jobs in the Rhode Island marine industry,” said OHPRI President Bart Dunbar. “Now that she is completed and sailing, it’s time to focus on her educational mission and support her programs that will change the lives of hundreds of students each year.”

The 75o North soiree begins at 1800 with cocktails, including a surprise sunset specialty drink, hors d’oeuvres and a delectable choice of seafoods from a giant raw bar. After spending time with colleagues and friends and bidding on an inspired collection of silent auction items, guests will be seated for dinner by Blackstone Caterers under the Arctic Dining Tent and follow dessert with dancing.

Tickets for 75o North start at $200 and typically sell out. They cannot be purchased at the door. For more information on tickets and corporate sponsorship go to http://www.ohpri.org/events or email Gretchen@ohpri.org. Proceeds from the night will go toward OHPRI’s educational programs. For more information on these, click here.