Getting Gazela ready to sail

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A huge thank you goes out to everyone who pitched in to assemble the rig and make crane day on May 15 at the Navy Yard a success. By the end of the day, the masts were re-stepped and the ship was moved back to Penn’s Landing.

The task of attaching and tuning the standing rigging, as well us sending up the spars, prepping and painting, and a myriad of other tasks to get her ship-shape is underway.

Register Now: Spring 2016 Sail Training Classes

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line handling trainingFor those of you who are new to our little band of sailors and are looking forward to getting underway this season, we are offering sail training classes this spring.

The mandatory Level 1 class – Introduction to Gazela – will be offered four times on Sundays. All dates 10 am to 4 pm, aboard Gazela:

  • April 3
  • April 17
  • May 1
  • May 15

Please register for one of the classes at this link.

This class, provided at no cost only to active Guild members, covers a variety of basic topics ranging from knot tying, line handling, learning the ship, emergency stations and watchstanding roles. For new members, you will receive a copy of the Gazela crew manual, a log book, and a complimentary piece of rope for knot tying.

Awards presented at annual dinner

The Annual Dinner in February was a great success, with a healthy turn out and a good bit of money made for the Guild with the auction items. We got a recap of last year’s work and successes and got a glimpse of the year (and work…lots of work) ahead. In addition to that, we awarded our volunteer of the year awards:

Gazela Volunteer of the Year went to Debbie Greenspan for organizing the cooks and making sure that there is always lunch for the crew, even if that means dropping something off the night before or cooking multiple weekends in a row; she certainly has made a huge difference in crew morale by ensuring that the volunteers are always fed on weekends.

Jupiter Volunteer of the Year went to Hank Mahlmann for taking a keen interest in Jupiter and coming down multiple times per week to work on projects from cleaning and organizing the fo’c’s’le to assisting with the #2 generator work. Hank brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to Jupiter and the other vessels, and we are thrilled that he happened to find us by chance one day (and has decided to stick around!)

The William W. Smith Award was presented to Rhoads Industries for their extreme cooperation and understanding during this past summer’s dry docking. From allowing us to have our volunteers working alongside their and our employees, to their willingness to help us out in any way possible, they certainly helped make a lasting contribution to the Guild.

The vessels are back in the water!

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Gazela and Poplar went back in the water on October 8 after two months in dry dock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.  Gazela is currently at Pier No. 2 at the Navy Yard, where volunteers have been busy bringing down blocks and lines, sending down spars, and removing the masts in preparation for moving her to Penn’s Landing for the winter.

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Gazela leaving dry dock at 8:30am

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Gazela featured in Marlinspike Magazine

We were featured in the new edition of Marlinspike Magazine! They did a great job focusing not only on the work we were doing but also on those doing the work on Gazela and Poplar. While this is only a sampling of those working in the dry dock, all those who worked and volunteered in the dry dock put in long hours in sweltering heat to get the job done.

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For those looking to subscribe to Marlinspike Magazine, the only magazine focusing on tall ships, one can subscribe here: http://marlinspikemagazine.com/subscribe.html

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