America’s Tall Ship EAGLE has offered space on board for qualifying individuals for the following voyages. There are two potential opportunities to sail this spring – with the OCS class around New England followed by a transatlantic to the Azores and a European port of call. The transit to the European port of call is not confirmed but we are looking for people to indicate if they are interested.
Voyage One: April 08 – 22, 2023
Embark New London, CT and sail throughout New England, return to New London.
Voyage Two (unconfirmed): April 08 – May 06, 2023
Embark New London, CT
Port Call Azores, April 22 – 25,
Disembark European port of call, May 06
While the ship’s official schedule is not yet finalized, they are looking for volunteers, who are willing to depart New London, CT on or about 08 April and arrive in a European port of call on or about 06 May with a port call in the Azores from 22-25 Apr. Volunteers have the option to depart in the Azores or sail on and help provide ship tours in a European port of call. If you decide to stay on to help with tours, you will depart Eagle no later than 06 May from the European port of call when they are scheduled to embark 153 cadets from the US Coast Guard Academy. Berthing is free. Volunteers must pay for own transportation to/from ship and meals.
Eagle seeks able-bodied mariners between 18 – 50 years old who will, when underway, work the rig, stand 8 hours/ day of watch tending sails and/or helm/lookout, and provide 1 day/week of messcook or scullery service. If assisting in port as well, they seek mariners who can help provide up to 10 hrs/day of “tour duty” every 3rd day.
Eagle is the sail-training vessel for the US Coast Guard Academy. The ship’s displacement is 1800 long tons. She is propelled with 23 sails and a dual turbo motor turbine unit engine capable of 1,200 HP.
Please submit an application to Erin Short by Feburary 5th according to the criteria and instructions below. You will need to indicate which voyage you would be interested in. You will be notified of your acceptance by February 8th.
1.) You must be at least 18 years old and not more than 50 years old.
2.) You must be fit, willing and able to work aloft. You must pass a medical clearance.
3.) You must be a U.S. Citizen.
4.) You will be full a participant in the operation of the ship: standing watch, helm, lookout, bridge, maintenance, working aloft, galley and all other regular trainee duties.
5.) You are welcome and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend training classes with the USCG crew.
6.) The ideal candidate is an experienced, rising sail training practitioner. This program is not for first-timers sailors, who are unfamiliar with a square-rigged tall ship.
7.) Upon successful completion of the program, Eagle will issue to you (if you request it) a letter of Sea Service or other formal documentation of your sea service in Eagle.
8.) Participants must pay $19.50/day for food and expenses, etc. Total cost of food for 14 days will be approximately $273.
9.) Participants will write a post voyage blog post and share pictures with Tall Ships America to share with their members.
1.) All applications must be submitted electronically to Tall Ships America at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00pm EST on January 31st
2.) You must be a Tall Ships America member in good standing to apply. Not a member? Become one now!
3.) Applications must include the following:
a.) Resume of your traditional ship experience, as crew or as trainee
b.) Letter of recommendation from your current (or most recent) Captain or First Mate
c.) Welcome packet with Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement and Guest Medical Forms will be provided to accepted applicants by mid-February.
This opportunity is available to you based on the mutual regard and respect that is shared between the Eagle leadership and Tall Ships America, and in support of our shared mission in promoting leadership training under sail.
This is truly a rare and special opportunity, and we are very happy to be able make it available to you, the up-and-coming next generation of sail training officers and crew. The Northeast Maritime Institute – College of Maritime Science Captain David V.V. Wood Eagle Scholarship has been established to support trainees food/expense costs. Information can be found under “Workforce Development Grants” on our Scholarships and Grants page