From Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon, Ocean Passages is on the road attending USA Gap Year Fairs all over the country.
On the final night together in Cuba, our cook Shanna prepared a special goodbye dinner.
The Harvey Gamage entered Marina Hemingway and tied up alongside a concrete dock painted bright blue. This was the customs and immigration building for the ship to enter Cuba.
Today, we sail for Cuba.
The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School on Big Pine Key was hit hard by Hurricane Irma this fall. Knowing that the basecamp was in need of some helping hands, the Harvey Gamage anchored nearby and sent students and crew ashore for a day of work.
Boxes upon boxes of supplies arrived for us at Stock Island Marina in Key West. The island is the last place to prepare the Harvey Gamage for the winter in Cuba.
Earlier this fall, our students and crew spent time in the Bronx with Rocking the Boat. Now, two of their sailing instructors have joined the Gamage as students for the last month of our program. We feel fortunate to continue this relationship between our organizations.
“One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just does not belong.” This tune was sung fervently by some of our students and crew as we motored back into the ocean — leaving West Palm Beach for Key West.
Cuba Trade is a fairly new and well-respected magazine (online and print) — and we're pleased to be featured in a story today about our decision to continue our educational voyages, despite new tensions in the relationship between the U.S. and Cuban governments.
After six weeks at sea traversing the east coast, we’re now preparing to cross the Florida Straits as sailors and citizen diplomats. Please click here to listen to the words of our ship captain, Capt. Stephen Taylor, on why now - more than ever - it’s so important that we stay the course to Cuba.
Today, the Trump Administration released detailed new regulations governing legal travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens. Based on our initial review, it appears the new rules do not affect Ocean Passages’ programs.
Our tour guide led us around Charleston, pointing out historic buildings and the city’s influential impact on United States history. Our tour even wrapped up with lemonade in the courtyard garden of our guide’s home in the heart of the city — this was southern hospitality at its best.
From gainers off of the jibboom to cannonballs from amidships, we climbed up the Jacob’s Ladder and leapt into the ocean again and again.
“I’ve always wanted to wear a pumpkin on my head,” our program coordinator Claire said as we ghosted along in light breeze off of Hatteras Island, North Carolina. Captain Stephen grinned and cackled and went below for a kitchen knife.
The weather window is perfect to leave Norfolk, VA, for the trip south into the Atlantic. Halloween arrives when we will likely be nearing Cape Hatteras, which is a fitting place to spend this ghoulish holiday.
Our Director of Public and Cultural Affairs, Nathan Hesse, has joined the Gamage as she makes her way south to Cuba on our fall gap semester. Click here to read Nathan's blog about getting back to sailing and readjusting to ship life!
This week, the ship sailed to Washington to brief our congressional representatives on our decision to proceed with our Cuba voyage, despite State Dept. warnings against travel to the island. We joined with other advocates in hosting a press conference on the deck of the ship – and then prepared to push off for Cuba.
Thanks to the hard work of those behind the scenes at Ocean Passages, our students and crew had the good fortune to meet with some of their congressmen and senators while in DC.
Our students and crew were able to view the spectacular model ship exhibit in the U.S. Naval Academy’s Preble Hall.
The Capital Yacht Club, located in Washington, DC, performed a three cannon salute aboard the Harvey Gamage last night to celebrate both the grand opening of their new wharf and 125th anniversary.
Captain Will Gates of the Maryland Dove at Historic St. Mary’s City invited all of us from Ocean Passages aboard for a history lesson and tour of the ship.
To share a bit of local culture with our gap students, we took them to Courtney’s Restaurant, a southern Maryland institution.
Our host, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, graciously arranged dockage for the Harvey Gamage at the waterfront these last few days. Coming to St. Mary’s has become a tradition for Ocean Passages.
The Harvey Gamage came fourth in her class with an elapsed time of 15:56:06 at the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. Captain Stephen Taylor was ecstatic with the performance of the crew, students, and ship.
The Harvey Gamage had a spectacular ride down the bay in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, passing competition left and right. Keep checking back as we wait to hear our final race time!
We are about to embark on the 28th Annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. Track our progress live in the race today!
We’re currently docked at the Baltimore Marine Center in Canton excitedly awaiting The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race start this upcoming Thursday.
Our students spent yesterday exploring a few museums in New York City, such as the South Street Seaport Museum.
We rose early and were underway by 0700 to pass through Hell Gate at slack tide. Hell Gate is a narrow tidal straight in the East River with a strong current, so it was important to time the passage just right.
Carlos from Rocking the Boat picked up students and crew aboard the Harvey Gamage to go small boat sailing.
At SUNY Maritime College, we welcomed 11 cadets aboard for an overnight sail to Oyster Bay on Long Island.
The Harvey Gamage crew invited 25 students and staff from Rocking the Boat to come aboard the ship for an evening sail.
Our students and crew spent yesterday touring the Mystic Seaport Museum. They learned about shipping and ship figureheads, and they were also able to explore the Charles W. Morgan and the Cuban refugee boat Analuisa.
After navigating the Mystic River, our students and crew had the chance to tour Draken Harald Hårfagre, the world’s largest Viking ship.
The Gamage set sail amidst sizable swells that calmed throughout the day on the way to Mystic Seaport.
Our gap students spent today exploring Maine’s well-respected boat building and marine industry school — the Landing School.
Just before a thick fog rolled in and rain arrived from far away Hurricane Jose, we sailed J-22s at Sail Maine, a local sailing non-profit.
Our Fall 2017 Gap Semester students spent the weekend at the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership.
Click here to read an article written by one of our Science and Sea students for the September 2017 edition of The Circuit, Baxter Academy for Technology and Science's monthly newsletter.
We were delighted to have both the Gamage and Captain Christopher Flansburg featured on WGME CBS 13’s news broadcast to help promote our involvement with Tall Ships Portland’s Schoonerfest
Please join us as we sail around Casco Bay with Tall Ships Portland for Portland Schoonerfest and Regatta!
As she sailed home from Cuba, our schooner recently moored with our friends at the Capital Yacht Club and hosted a small town-hall discussion, weaving stories of our winter programs with speculation on the future of American travel to Cuba.
Ready to get your sea legs? Then join us this summer as we partner in Portland with Baxter Academy of Technology and Science to sail our 130-foot schooner Harvey Gamage around the Casco Bay area. Our sails are open to the general public, and no sailing experience is required!
As the Gamage prepares to sail north back to Portland, we just announced exciting plans to partner this summer with Baxter Academy for Technology and Science on a two-week sailing excursion open to all Maine high school students.
Our Cuba voyages under sail are so amazing that it may surprise you that some of the most life-changing adventures occur on land. That’s where we meet Cuban friends who are shaping their country’s future, from culture and the arts to business and the sciences.
While in Cuba studying aboard the Harvey Gamage, our winter term students were able to explore the pristine Gardens of the Queen marine sanctuary with University of Maine oceanographer Bob Steneck.
Discussions about gap year programs, like our voyages to and from Cuba, frequently focus on the young people considering them. But perhaps the best perspective comes from those whose life trajectories were changed by gap years they took long ago.
Tomorrow, our first cohort of University of Southern Maine students will arrive in Cienfuegos for winter term courses aboard the Harvey Gamage.
Ocean Passages was honored to be invited to an event today at the White House for the two-year anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.
After a spectacular overnight sail across the Florida Straits, the Harvey Gamage this morning arrived in Havana and cleared customs routinely at Marina Hemingway.
Waiting at Stock Island for a weather window, the ship is making final preparations for a winter in Cuba.
Yet more good news! A new accredited course has just been added to our winter term program.
Another milestone for Ocean Passages: our spring and fall voyages are now officially listed on TeenLife, the leading website for gap student programs.
After a stem-to-stern overhaul and successful sail down the east coast of the U.S., we’re using a brief stop in Key West to make final preparations for our return to Cuba for this entire winter.
Extra time in port means more time spent maintaining the ship.
While change in Cuba – and in its relationship with the United States – has been underway for many years, the death of former President Fidel Castro underscores the complexity of this challenge.
Here’s a post from Captain Christopher Flansburg as the Harvey Gamage celebrates Thanksgiving in Charleston, S.C.
Far from the wind and waves, you can track the location of the Harvey Gamage online.
The Harvey Gamage sailed up the Potomac and docked within a mile of the U.S. Capitol for three days of meetings with key Administration and Congressional officials.
A highlight of our week in the Chesapeake was a day sail today with two dozen students from the St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
As the Harvey Gamage nears the yachting hub of Annapolis, we want to reiterate our gratitude toward two of our earliest corporate sponsors: Pettit Marine Paint and Suzuki Marine.
It was a warm and blustery sail through Hell’s Gate and up the East River as the Gamage passes under the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.
Last night, the Harvey Gamage pulled away from a slip in Portland to launch our 2016-2017 educational programming along Cuba’s southern coastline.
After a glorious day sailing beside the Bowdoin to kick off three days of international meetings on the Arctic last week in Portland, it was wonderful to hear from Dana Eidsness, the chair of the state-wide host committee.
Here’s the Gamage, alongside the iconic & restored Bowdoin, preparing in Castine, ME for our Oct. 4 sail into Portland to welcome hundreds of international diplomats visiting Portland for high-level meetings of the eight-nation Arctic Council.
We were pleased to participate this past week in Sail Portsmouth. After a successful Parade of Sail with the Oliver Hazard Perry, here’s a nice shot of the Harvey Gamage on a sunset public sail in Portsmouth Harbor.