Nautical experts launch series
One by one, Sail Martha's Vineyard has gathered some of Martha's Vineyard's most extraordinary sailors to share their experiences and expertise with all who are interested.
Sail Martha's Vineyard, a non-profit organization founded in 1991, is dedicated to celebrating, promoting, and protecting Martha's Vineyard's maritime heritage. To that end, it will bring experienced Island seafarers to participate in its spring series of four classes. The four include a blue water sailor, a lobsterman, a boat builder and transatlantic sailor, and a nautical woodcarver. All the programs will encourage discussions and questions.
Everyone is welcome this evening, Thursday, April 16, when the series begins. It will get off to a great start with a program on coastal navigation conducted by Sail Martha's Vineyard's program director Brock Callen, an experienced blue-water sailor.
Mr. Callen, a Chilmark resident, will share tips about navigation and nautical instruments, and demonstrate how to use charts to navigate successfully when technology cannot help. Mr. Callen directs the Maritime Studies Program at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School.
In his hands-on workshop, participants will learn essential paper and pencil navigation techniques and the life saving tools to navigate our coastal waters.
The class is just the first of the spring continuing education series to run from April through May to teach diesel engine repair, marlinspike seamanship, which includes knot tying, splicing, whipping and lastly, the technique of carving quarterboards.
On April 30, the series continues with lobsterman Mike Oliveira at the helm. Formerly employed by Martha's Vineyard Shipyard, Mr. Oliveira will teach the importance of understanding diesel engine repair. Participants can learn the tips to keep up their engines with proper maintenance for safer and more satisfying boating, and save time and money in the bargain.
And then comes West Tisbury resident Myles Thurlow, a boatbuilder who has been delivering boats to and from the Caribbean for about a decade, making more than a dozen transits. In 2004, he helped sail a boat from India to Israel, a voyage that took him across the Arabian Sea, above the Horn of Africa through the Gulf of Aden, and into the Red Sea.
Mr. Thurlow will demonstrate working rope and wire into both practical and decorative applications. Many boaters know the basics, but knowledge of rigging design and execution of those skills using rope or wire splicing techniques will make the job of skipper, mate, or deckhand easier and improve even a skilled sailor's technique on the water and at the dock.