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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
While steaming north toward St. Mary's College of Maryland, Captain Taylor coordinated an unannounced drill with one of our gap semester students so that we could practice a man overboard recovery with an element of surprise.
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 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.