RI Tall Ship Offers Summer Camp for Teens

Ovliver Hazard Perry docked, Photo/OHP
Ovliver Hazard Perry docked, Photo/OHP

In August of 2014, teens between the ages of 13 and 18 will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience “an ocean of education and adventure” aboard the Rhode Island Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry.

Kids learning the ropes. Photo/OHP/Matt Maples.
Kids learning the ropes. Photo/OHP/Matt Maples.

With 15 professional crew plus a capacity for 30-34 students each session, Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel is open to students from any state or country during teen camp sessions. The Perry is a 200’ Coast Guard-inspected and -approved steel-hulled, technologically sophisticated 21st Century ship the largest civilian sail-training vessel in America.

During the camp sessions, students will take the helm of the 500-ton Tall Ship, learn to work as a team with others as they hoist and brace the yards on the 130’-tall rig, and apply acquired seamanship and navigation skills to guide the ship’s course on a voyage of discovery.

In addition, they will witness the natural magic of the ocean and its inhabitants—think spectacular night skies, marine phosphorescence, whales breaching, and dolphins at play. Newport, Nantucket, Boston, Portsmouth and Greenport are among the historically rich ports the ship will visit.

Openings are available for 3 sessions (check schedule below).

Camp Details:

  • Anna Spring Sorlandet, Photo/OHP/Angela Deluce.
    Anna Spring Sorlandet, Photo/OHP/Angela Deluce.

    August 3 – August 9

  • August 10 – August 16
    Boston, MA – New Bedford, MA (overnight sailing included)
    Ages: 12-14 years (Middle School)
    Itinerary: Boston – Boston Harbor Islands – Stellwagen Bank – Provincetown – night underway – New Bedford
  • August 17 – August 23
    New Bedford, MA – Newport, RI (overnight sailing included)
    Ages: 15-18 years (High School)
    Itinerary: New Bedford – Vineyard Haven – night underway – Tarpaulin Cove – Sakonnet River – Newport
  • August 24 – August 30
    Newport, RI – Greenport, NY (overnight sailing included)
    Ages: 12-14 years (Middle School)
    Itinerary: Newport – Dutch Island – Block Island – night underway – Mystic – Greenport

More About the Experience:

  • Find out seven reasons why your middle-schooler should sail aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry at http://bit.ly/1d1nngy.
  • Use promotional code OLIVER2014 and receive a 10% discount if you sign up by April 1 for a 1-week camp session aboard the newly built Tall Ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. Without the discount, the camp price for 6 days/nights is $1,600, which includes all meals, seamanship instruction and tuition with a 1:4 ratio of staff to students.
  • Call (401) 841-0080 or visit www.ohpri.org/summer-camp for information and a reservation form.