Gazela Arrives in Norfolk for Harborfest ’16!

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Gazela and her crew arrived in Norfolk today, after having a great time sailing in the Chesapeake Bay. During the past four days, the crew has enjoyed sailing, dory rowing, boat operation, and working hard to get Gazela ready to welcome visitors at Norfolk Harborfest this weekend.

Norfolk Harborfest is in its 40th anniversary year celebrating America’s largest, longest-running, free maritime festival. Gazela is proud to be part of the festivities, which will run from June 9-12. Click here for more information, including a schedule of events.

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.

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:

Pop Up at the Dry Dock on September 10th – tickets on sale!

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Please join us on September 10 at 5 p.m. at Dry Dock No. 2, operated by Rhoads Industries at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, to celebrate the completion of a project to repair and inspect Philadelphia’s official Tall Ship, Gazela Primeiro. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see a 114-year-old wooden ship in a 105-year old dry dock! There will be wine, beer, and light fare.

Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets for $35 for Ship Guild members, $50 for non-members, plus service fee. Proceeds benefit the continuing preservation efforts for Gazela.

The primary purpose of the recent dry docking project was to inspect selected framing of Gazela‘s hull below the waterline, which will help determine the extent of future rebuild work. The ship is scheduled to be relaunched later in September. The project is funded entirely by individual donations and a generous matching grant from the W. W. Smith Charitable Trust.

Check out our Facebook page at Barkentine Gazela for photos and video of the project.

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