Gazela’s all-volunteer crew practiced their sailing skills on September 10 during a day sail on the Delaware River. The sail also provided an opportunity for invited guests, including students from the Public History Program at Temple University, to experience what it was like to sail a historic wooden tall ship.
Gazela left her home port at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia for two day sails on the Delaware River in June. The first sail, on June 10, served as training for our all-volunteer crew, who spent the afternoon setting and dousing sails, as well practicing man overboard and fire drills. On June 17, guests were invited on board to learn more about Gazela and the work of the Guild to preserve and maintain her.
For 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.
The Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild is currently seeking Vessel Preservation Interns
This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring professional mariners to acquire practical vessel repair and maintenance experience. Working in conjunction with PSPG’s shipwright and committed volunteer membership, interns learn a broad array of skills, from plank replacement and caulking, to welding and blacksmithing. Prior repair and maintenance experience is not required, though it is a plus.
Housing is provided aboard one of the Guild vessels, as is a weekly stipend. Interns also receive membership in the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, and will be eligible to sail aboard Gazela during her 2015 sailing season. Positions are available immediately and running through March 2015, with a minimum time commitment of one month. The possibility exists to transition to a position during Gazela’s haulout in spring 2015.
Apply with resume and references to Patrick Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deb Peretz will be running an overnight class on Saturday October 25 into Sunday. Start time will likely be in the neighborhood of 7 p.m., with the main event starting around 8 p.m. Dinner will not be provided, though breakfast is planned. On Sunday the 26th, we will practice sail handing either at the dock or underway. We’ll try to get those folks who stayed over a nap during the day. The exercise underway depends on whether Gazela’s winter berth at the north end will be ready for her.
The weekends in November will be downrigging the rest of the ship and starting construction on the winter cover.
—From Ed, via PSPG Weekly Update
To learn more about our classes email Ed at email@example.com
Thanks to Leslie Weitz who is conducting small group welding training. As the weather improves and the cover comes off, we will be doing some more Level 1 training as well as some other training you have asked for and between the Marine Committee and the Education Program we will provide.
In the mill is shop training, specifically power tool safety. There was also First Aid/CPR training being offered at the Independence Seaport Museum on February 28. See the weekly newsletter for more details. We will try to repeat the sail handling training as well. As dates are firmed up, sign-ups will be sent out.
If anyone is interested, the annual Safety At Sea Seminar is being held at the US Naval Academy on March 28 and 29. It is an intense two day seminar. The cruising option is $225 for both days.
This seminar is sponsored by the Maryland Maritime Trades Association, U. S. Sailing and the USNA Sailing Squadron. For more information call (410) 269-0741 or visit the Safety At Sea Seminar website.
Concerning the sail, we have to acknowledge an ‘unsung’ hero. Marcus Brandt and Marston Black-Simmons provided the following:
The Training and Goodwill sails last Sunday would have been forced to cancel if not for the behind-the-scenes efforts of Patrick Flynn and the Emergency Response Team.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, Vandals slipped the stern lines off the pilings and set them adrift. Pete Bailey, our live-aboard, ever-vigilant shipmate spotted the problem and called the Emergency team. Patrick and Robin Schimp showed up at 2 am. They recovered one line and found that the other had been fouled on something in the water.
Much of Saturday was spent by Sean Null and Pete trying every trick in the book to free the line, but to no avail.
As the crew was gathering for the sail training Sunday morning, Patrick donned his wet suit and diving gear. After ten minutes in the chilly autumn water, Patrick surfaced to report that the line had wrapped around two blades of the propeller and around the hub as well….and was now freed and the prop clear.
An extra rum ration and the crew’s thanks is due to Patrick for his timely service … above and beyond the call. Make that a hot-rum!
In the upcoming weeks there will be some opportunities to crew while we move the ship as well as crewing on some daytime goodwill sails. Some of these sails will be in the afternoon, in which case there will be an opportunity for the crew to practice with a morning underway before taking the guests on board. If you haven’t sailed much, this is a great opportunity to learn line handling, hoisting sails, standing watch as helmsman, lookout, runner and boat-check.
Sunday’s sail handling class gave newer volunteers a solid overview of the system of lines and rigging that propel a square-rigged sailing vessel. Big thanks to our instructors Ed, Marcus, Rob, Whitney and Danie. Another class is expected to be held in a few weeks. Keep an eye on the newsletter for details.
Top: Danie, Rob, Nat, Whitney, Ed, Aaron, Ethan, Sabrina, David C., Marcus
(And Alan behind the camera.)