It’s a well-known adage in the maritime world that, “the tide waits for no man” or woman as the case may be. And that is the case for those students who think they might like to spend their springbreak vacation plying the waters of the Channel Islands off the coast of California. Clark Hodge and Patrick Bacalis are looking for 36 able-bodied seamen and sea women (30 students, and 6 adult chaperones).
The trip will take place during Lyons High School’s spring break (March 27 to April 3) aboard the SSV Tole Mour, a 156-foot, three-masted, square topsail schooner. The boat and its crew (students and chaperones) will sail from Long Beach, California to Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands, and possibly to San Clemente Island and others (if tides, time, and weather allow). While under sail, you will learn about sailing techniques, marine biology, navigation, etc. While ashore and anchored at the islands, you’ll enjoy activities such as: snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, and maybe even a little boogie-boarding if the surf is up! You will also be observing lots of marine wildlife, including: mammals (whales, dolphins, and sea lions) fish, and invertebrates (jelly fish, octopus, and squid). Who knows what other surprises, adventures await.
Each participant is expected to participate fully in the sailing and operation of the boat, including raising the anchor and sails, and pitching in with the cleaning and maintaining of an orderly boat. Expect every day to be tiring, but unbelievably rewarding. The group will fly to and from Denver International Airport, get an exclusive private behind the scenes tour of the Long Beach Aquarium (including sleeping below the glass shark tank!); and the sailing adventure of a lifetime.