Egan Maritime Institute is again partnering with Tall Ship Lynx this year to bring on-the-water experiences to Nantucket students, along with public programs during the summer season that welcome visitors and residents.
The Tall Ship Lynx is an educational sailing vessel dedicated to hands-on educational programs that teach the history of America’s struggle to preserve its independence, with close attention to the maritime challenges during the War of 1812. This replica Privateer Schooner employs a comprehensive, interactive program designed to enrich personal achievement through teamwork and the discipline of sailing.
This year, EMI and captain and crew on the Lynx are offering Tall Ship Adventure Sails: day-long expeditions for ages 12 to 17 that offer in-depth sailing experiences. Sailors will board the Lynx in the morning and take on the role of crew members for a sailing tour designed to teach traditional tall ship sailing techniques. Participants learn all the ship’s parts and work directly with professional sailors to gain foundational skills in marlinspike seamanship and build their teamwork and leadership skills.
As an organization, Egan Maritime Institute is strategically working to expand our impact within the Nantucket community and provide accessible on-the water experiences for all to enjoy. “We believe that programming aboard the Lynx is a tool to help young Nantucketers learn to work together, to understand and respect their island environment, and, above all, to offer children an opportunity to test their curiosity and courage by stepping out and trying new things” states EMI’s Executive Director Carlisle Jensen.
This program is modeled after Egan Maritime Institute’s Sea of Opportunities Student Mariner Sails. Since 2014, Egan Maritime has sent more than 145 Nantucket students aboard the Tall Ship Lynx for multi-day educational adventures. In addition to their experiential, teaching component, the sails have proven to be a pivotal experience for all who participate. The students begin their journey as outsiders and begin to come together as a team while under sail. “Through the process you see growth,” shared Captain Don Peacock of the Tall Ship Lynx. “This is our time to offer personal development and self-discovery to these kids on the voyages. We are making an impact.”