Trainees will engage in the intensity of working as a team to sail the Harvey Gamage. Under the guidance of captain and crew, trainees will learn nautical skills such as chart reading and navigation, sailing terminology and technique, as well as the everyday maintenance and upkeep of working and living on a Tall Ship. Aboard the 131-foot schooner Harvey Gamage, you’ll learn as much about teamwork as navigation, all while experiencing life sailing on the coast of New England.

  • Dates: July 15-19 and August 12-16

  • Programs begin and end at Portland Yacht Services: 100 West Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04102.

  • A maximum of 20 students will live aboard the ship for the duration of the program, along with a professional crew of nine.

  • The program is open to students ages 13-19.

  • No sailing experience is required.

  • Tuition is $1,250 and includes all meals and lodging. Financial aid is available.

  • All trainees and their parents and/or legal guardians must sign our Code of Conduct Agreement. This Code explains grounds for dismissal, including a zero-tolerance policy for social violations, drugs, tobacco and/or alcohol.

  • Prior to arrival, trainees will receive an informational packet with detailed packing instructions, ship policies, and other practical guidelines. They will also be asked to submit registration documents one month prior to the program start date.

  • Trainees must provide their own personal clothing, footwear and foul-weather gear.

Please visit our FAQ page for more detail or contact us to apply.

Photo Credit: Baxter Academy

Photo Credit: Baxter Academy