Precious Cargo

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

Portland Schoonerfest

Please join us as we sail around Casco Bay with Tall Ships Portland for Portland Schoonerfest and Regatta!

Navigating Cuba – and Washington

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.

Sailing for Scholarship

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!

Coffee and Cuba

Our deckhand and shipboard photographer, Jocelyn Leighton, will be exhibiting photos from Cuba through May 14 at Coffee By Design.  Please read on for Jocelyn's artist statement and to view the photos she is showcasing.

Science and Sea

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.

Student Project on Cuban Ecotourism

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.

The Gardens of the Queen

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.

Gap Programs & Life Dreams

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. 

Cuba Winter Term Courses

Tomorrow, our first cohort of University of Southern Maine students will arrive in Cienfuegos for winter term courses aboard the Harvey Gamage

The White House

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.

¡Bienvenidos!

After a spectacular overnight sail across the Florida Straits, the Harvey Gamage this morning arrived in Havana and cleared customs routinely at Marina Hemingway.  

Weather Window

Waiting at Stock Island for a weather window, the ship is making final preparations for a winter in Cuba. 

Clinical Nursing

Yet more good news!  A new accredited course has just been added to our winter term program.

Gap Year

Another milestone for Ocean Passages: our spring and fall voyages are now officially listed on TeenLife, the leading website for gap student programs.

Preparing for Cuba

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.

In Port

Extra time in port means more time spent maintaining the ship. 

Time for Reflection

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.

Charleston Thanksgiving

Here’s a post from Captain Christopher Flansburg as the Harvey Gamage celebrates Thanksgiving in Charleston, S.C.

Track the Ship

Far from the wind and waves, you can track the location of the Harvey Gamage online.