Spring 2021 Newsletter
As we share our latest news with you, as we excitedly get underway on Earth Day, April 22, we recall what Wendell Berry wisely wrote:

"The Earth is what we have in common."

Steven Woodside, 
Executive Director,
Call of the Sea
Come Join us for a Community Sail!
Oceanic Society and Call of the Sea Partnership
Exciting New Collaboration with
the Oceanic Society!

    We are very pleased to report that Oceanic Society Expeditions and Call of the Sea are joining forces to operate on-the-water environmental educational adventures on San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Our organizations share a commitment to environmental maritime education. Oceanic Society was founded in 1969 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area sailors and scientists who were concerned about the state of the oceans and came together to form the first American organization dedicated to marine conservation. Call of the Sea was founded in 1985 by a group of sailors to provide opportunities to explore the marine environment and our maritime heritage while sailing traditionally rigged vessels. Both organizations have inspired thousands of students to be stewards of the sea.
   Beginning May 2, 2021, every Thursday and Sunday mornings, Call of the Sea’s brigantine Matthew Turner and her exceptional crew will set sail with Oceanic’s expert naturalists to provide future stewards of the sea with an incredible on-the-water experience.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please click on this link
Summer Youth Programming
Demand is at an all time high for youth outdoor educational programming, now and during the summer time. Our June "Young Salts" sailing day camps have already sold out!

Check out these upcoming opportunities for youth educational sailing experiences, featuring seamanship, personal growth, experiential marine science and environmental observation.

Meet Call of the Sea's 2021 Deckhand Educators
Isabella Diefendorf
Isabella began her sailing career as crew aboard the S/Y Argo. After completing two Atlantic crossings, she decided to pursue a life in seamanship and environmental education. She has always been passionate about oceanography and marine ecology, and is an environmental science major at the University of Chicago. She is a nationally registered EMT and coast guard certified offshore medic. In her free time she makes collages out of magazine clippings. Isabella looks forward to bringing her passion for social and environmental outreach and education aboard the Matthew Turner.
Raffi Altman-Allen
Raffi grew up sailing little boats on SF Bay and started sailing tall ships as a student onboard the Robert C. Seamans, doing oceanographic research between New Zealand and Tahiti. They recently graduated from Roger Williams University with a degree in Marine Biology and Chinese. In addition to their tall ship experience, Raffi was captain of their high school sailing team, has completed the US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor training, and likes to look over the edge of docks to identify what is growing on them. They are passionate both about teaching sailing and environmental education, and are excited to be a part of the Matthew Turner crew and share their enthusiasm for the water and weird fish facts with a captive audience.
Marvin Gomez
“I first became interested in sailing back in 2014 but with no previous connections to the professional sailing industry I made my way from Virginia to the Florida Keys to start off. While I was there I got lessons in sailing and worked on a few boats doing sunset sails and snorkel charters. My first experience with tall ships came after leaving Florida when I went to Australia for a year and landed a job in Sydney Harbor aboard the Southern Swan and Soren Larsen. From then on I decided to stick with tall ship sailing and made my way back to the U.S. where I worked on the Mystic Whaler in Connecticut for two seasons. Between those two seasons I helped prep Sloop Providence in Maine for transit to Virginia down the east coast. I have since assisted them on and off after transit with maintenance and cruises. Now I’m looking to add to my experience by working on the west coast with Call of the Sea and furthering my maritime career.”
Kate Dingus
Kate grew up in Kansas but always knew she wanted to work on the water. She has been sailing professionally since 2018, first aboard the schooner Zodiak in Bellingham WA, and then with Grays Harbor and aboard the schooner Virginia, among other tall ships. She loves being a water nomad and the sense of organized chaos that sailing can bring. She also loves being part of a ship's crew which she feels can be very much like family.
Volunteers Brian Swing and Bill Bryan
Teamwork on the Tall Ship!
Brian Swing, Photo by Michael Lewis
Brian and Bill in front of the Navigation Instruments housing at the helm station that they built collaboratively.
Bill Bryan, Photo by Michael Lewis
Brian was born and raised in Los Gatos. He was not involved with boats before discovering Matthew Turner, but he has been an amateur wood worker for a long time. One day in 2015, the year he retired, he came to see the Bay Model with his daughter and wife, but it was closed. He heard the commotion at the tent, and popped in to check it out. Franz Baichl gave them a tour of the project and signed Brian up to volunteer that very day.
Bill started sailing on San Francisco Bay when he was 5, on his father’s boats, and has sailed on most of these waters from the Delta, to Redwood City and all over the Bay. They raced together for years in the Folkboat fleet. His Dad later bought an Alberg 30, which Bill sailed for years and even took his own kids up to the Delta on it. ll moved to Minnesota for 20 years, working for 3M. He is a mechanical engineer by training. 
Partnership with Sailing Science Center
Call of the Sea is partnering with the Sailing Science Center to bring their hands on interactive science exhibits to our sailing students in Sausalito.

SSC is planning an exciting, interactive science museum framed around sailing on Treasure Island, and they have already started creating exhibits which our students will get to preview! Learn more here

In support of SSC, check out the International Ocean Film Festival, which runs April 15- May 2. The IOFF is celebrating its 18th anniversary this year with 18 days of films from April 15th through May 2nd. The SSC is sponsoring/co-hosting the Ocean Sports & Exploration Program, six short films totaling 90 minutes of viewing. Like Call Of The Sea and the SSC, the IOFF is deeply committed to promoting ocean health and stewardship. Their approach utilizes the unique access and perspectives that can be provided through film.
Call of the Sea Membership Program
We are very excited to announce the Call of the Sea Membership program. Ongoing donations will provide you with exclusive access to benefits that reward your commitment to experiential education under sail.
The best way to become a member of Call of the Sea is to establish monthly sustaining donations. Your ongoing support allows us to plan and ensure we are ready to provide diverse experiential learning programs.
Matthew Turner in the News!

Click on the image to read about the history of the founder of Call of the Sea, building the tall ship and the educational programs!