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Fall 2021 Newsletter
As we approach the end of 2021 and a time of Thanksgiving, we send our best wishes to you. We hope that you are able to safely gather with friends and family, and that you have much for which to be thankful.

We are happy to share some of our news and to express our gratitude for all you have done to sustain Call of the Sea over the past very challenging years.

But first a little Thanksgiving history coupled with its maritime aspect.. Many of you know the story of the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620: terrible autumn Atlantic storms and an awful first Winter in Plymouth where many of the Pilgrim passengers perished. Our national Thanksgiving holiday commemorates the feast held in the autumn of 1621, four centuries ago, by Pilgrim voyagers and helpful Wampanoag indigenous people celebrating the colony's first successful harvest. For a colorful version of this story, see The First Thanksgiving, Scholastic--Teacher Activity Guide.

Like the Pilgrims of yore, we have much for which to be grateful. With help and support from many, we weathered challenging storms. Please consider supporting Call of the Sea's mission with a donation to fund our safe boarding system or scholarships to help us provide access to on the water education to many who have not experienced our programs before.

We hope you enjoy this newsletter as we chart the course toward a bountiful 2022.

Steven Woodside, 
Executive Director (volunteer)
Call of the Sea
Matthew Turner in the Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade
Join us for Matthew Turner's first time in the Lighted Boat Parade! Bundle up, bring your camera and Holiday cheer!

Saturday Dec. 11, 5-7:30 PM
Education Update
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a part of a classroom at Sea? Below are the top ten experiences of 2021 from the Education Team.

#10. Adventure at Call of the Sea!
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
Challenge in a safe supportive environment is a key component of self growth. 
Remember us on #Giving Tuesday

This November 30th, #Giving Tuesday, consider making a charitable donation to Call of the Sea.

Donations have kept Call of the Sea afloat during the Pandemic and will enable us to launch a robust start to our educational sailing season in Spring, 2022
Thank you for your support!
Photo by Ellen Spiro
2022 Summer Youth Programming
Call of the Sea will offer many opportunities for youth educational sailing programs featuring seamanship, experiential marine science and environmental observation.
Half Day Summer Youth Seamanship Programs: Aloft Program

Week long day camps on Seaward for ages 9-11 and 12-14:

~June 13-17 & June 20-24, 8:30 am- 3:30 pm
~August 1-5 & August 8-12, 8:30 am- 3:30 pm

Overnight Voyages on schooner Seaward will begin in late June.
Voyaging opportunities on brigantine Matthew Turner will be announced soon.
Coming in 2022, New Boarding System for both Ships!
Safe Boarding for all passengers, including wheelchair assisted, during high and low tides.
Funds are still required to complete the docks, boarding towers and ramps. To support the project, specify "boarding system" with your donation.
We are excited that the new dock and boarding system project is well underway and is projected to be ready for the March 2022 resumption of sailing programs.

Thank you to John Scopazzi for heading up this effort in conjunction with Alan Olson and the many volunteers who have given their time.
Oceanic Society Critter Scholars Program
The Oceanic Society's philanthropic fund has pledged to sponsor seven Call of the Sea Bay Explorations for underfunded schools for the 2021-2022 school year. The grants include transportation, which is an increasingly difficult obstacle for schools' field trip planning.

On October 15th, Oceanic sponsored students from Get Out And Learn in San Francisco. They engaged in team building & seamanship activities on Matthew Turner. On November 4th, 33 students from Balboa High School's Special Ed joined us for a scholarship sail.

The sponsorships resume in April with Oakland Unity Middle School 6th graders and Aspire Public Schools Lionel Wilson 11th graders. In May, Lynwood Elementary 3rd graders will join us. There are funds available to provide on the water education for 2 more classrooms!
Volunteer Teachers at Call of the Sea
Call of the Sea thanks the following volunteer teachers, and the many
other volunteers who help us fulfill our mission!
Mike Wing
I learned to sail when I was eight years old on a Cal-20 in San Diego Harbor, steering a course between the Hobie Cats and the aircraft carriers. I've sailed ever since; today I keep an old O'day Daysailer on Tomales Bay. But none of that prepared me for the Matthew Turner, with its approximately 100 lines for sail handling.  

I live locally so I saw the Matthew Turner being built in Sausalito. I knew I wanted to sail her someday. Like a lot of us, I thought hard about what most matters to me during COVID. I decided not to wait; I started volunteering almost as soon as she opened for public sails.
Heather Miller
I’m originally from upstate New York. I’ve worked in both New York City and Paris France where I lived for 20 years. When I moved to Marin County to raise my children I started working in local schools.

The boat I first encountered was on the St. Lawrence River where I spent my summers at my grandma's cottage. We kids would just hop off the dock and take our little motor boat off and fish all day long. I am a water person. I’ve traveled the world, gravitating to boats, canoeing, any and all water sports.
Oct 17 Celebration: Call of the Sea's first in person event since 2019!
It was the first of its type: free, outdoors, inclusive, informative, & fun for those who have supported our programs and vessels. Over two hundred people attended this event at the Bay Model.
There was much to celebrate. For many volunteers who built Matthew Turner, this was the first opportunity to gather face-to-face after months of separation and isolation.
There was a buzz in the air, excitement, and anticipation of a robust educational sailing season next year. We hope to repeat this kind of event next Spring!

Many thanks to the US Army Corps of Engineers/SF Bay Model for use of its facilities; kudos to Liquid Events Catering; applause for the Waterfront Pickers; cheers to Lagunitas Brewery, Bella Snow and Dry Creek Vineyard, praise for the Sail Science Center’s interactive displays, and hooray to the crew for opening their brigantine “home” !

Although the Celebration was not billed as a fundraising event, almost $12,000 was raised during a brief “fund a need” presentation. Every dollar generated will help us serve more young people, especially those hardest hit by the pandemic.