REGIONAL MEETING TO BE HELD FOR MARITIME PROFESSIONALS
2003 American Sail Training Association (ASTA) Atlantic
Regional Meeting took place on Saturday, March 29, 2003
from 9 AM to 5 PM. Hosted
by the Schooner Ernestina Commission, the meeting was held in New Bedford in the ‘Green Room’ on second floor
above the Ernestina offices at 89 North Water Street
(corner of Elm and Water Streets across from the
Standard-Times) with representatives from sail training
organizations and maritime museums from throughout New England
gathering for an annual meeting.
began with a greeting by ASTA
executive director and Mattapoisett resident, Peter
Mello and a report on the 2004 Tall Ships Challenge
Race Series by ASTA race director, Steve Baker. Tall
Ships will gather along the Eastern Seaboard to visit
ports throughout the summer next year. The last time
the ships came through was during Tall Ships 2000.
Next on the agenda
was an interactive discussion
on the development of a New England Maritime
Initiative for building capacity of ships, museums,
waterfronts and ports through a collaborative effort.
After lunch participants
shared information about
their ships, museums and programs during an
interactive sharing session.
After an afternoon break, Mike Van Leesten and Tim
Love representing the United Nations International
Children’s Conference discussed an international
event for 2004 that will bring children from around
the world together for an environmental and
educational event in New London, CT. Many ships,
including New Bedford’s Schooner Ernestina,
will offer dockside programs and underway experiences.
The regional meeting
adjourned at 5 PM.
As a special incentive for participants, each
received a pass for a lecture and slide presentation by
Thad Koza, tall ship photographer, entitled Tall
Ships: The Fleet for the 21st Century
followed by a reception to benefit the Schooner
Ernestina from 7 to 9 PM hosted by ASTA and the
Schooner Ernestina Commission in partnership
with the New Bedford Whaling Museum in the Whaling
Museum Theatre and Jacobs Family Gallery.
The cost to register for the meeting
was $25 per person
and included coffee breaks and lunch. Dinner was “on your own” in one of the many great restaurants
in New Bedford.
American Sail Training Association is an international youth
education and leadership development non-profit with a strong
interest in preserving the maritime history and traditions of
North America. ASTA is an association of more than 250 tall
ships and traditional sailing vessels which hail from more
than 25 countries and sail all of the world oceans.
ASTA's mission is to encourage character building through
sail training, to promote sail training to the North American
public, and to support education under sail.
The mission is accomplished in the following
funds for and administering scholarship programs to make
sail training experiences affordable for young people.
funds for and administering grants programs to allow
professional sail trainers and marine educators to further
their education and advance their licenses,
Sail Tall Ships! the definitive guide to sail training and
adventure under sail,
an annual conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships along
with three alternating biennial forums on Education Under
Sail, Safety and Maritime Heritage which are attended by
hundreds of professional sail trainers, sail trainees,
marine educators, port organizers, tall ships enthusiasts
annual regional meetings for members on the Atlantic and
Pacific Coasts and in the Great Lakes.
Tall Ships® events like the TALL SHIPS
CHALLENGE® Series to increase awareness of
opportunities and benefits from sailing aboard these
beautiful and powerful ships.
"While it is
generally believed that young people between the ages of 15
and 25 are the primary beneficiaries of traditional sail
training, that is living aboard a deep water sailing ship for
an extended period of time akin to a summer camp like
experience, we like to say that sail training experiences are
valuable for “youth of all ages” and voyages of any
duration and distance. A middle school student on a field trip
for the day, a college junior away for a semester at sea, a
couple celebrating an anniversary on an adventure-travel
sailing expedition, a family on a weekend excursion on a Maine
windjammer, older adults on an Elderhostel Adventures Afloat
program: these are just some of the diverse opportunities
available to sail aboard these beautiful tall ships and to
create memories that will last for a lifetime."
By the way...
ASTA is celebrating its 30th year this year!