2014 Season Wrap-Up

Its been one month since the final customers of the season stepped back ashore from the last sail of the 2014.  Since then, the ships have been “laid up”, undergone important maintenance projects, the crews have all departed, and daylight savings has ended.  Evenings come quick to the Vineyard Haven waterfront these days…

Reflecting on the 2014 season its worth mentioning:

The “Kids Cruise”‘ summer camp programs were at capacity this past season!  These six-day trips onboard the Shenandoah stand alone as the only camp in the country with this kind of access to traditional sailing for children.  Meals prepared on a coal stove and served on gimbaled tables (or during a sunset on deck), 7000 square feet of sail set by hand, pristine near-uninhabited neighboring islands and the best cruising waters and coastline for the season are some of the highlights of the experience.  But more memorable are the frienships made with their shipmates and becoming part of the crew of the 152′ topsail schooner – the only one in the country without auxiliary power.

Photo: dianapozzi.com

Photo: dianapozzi.com

 

The Sailing School series expanded once again as we hosted 10 separate schools onboard the schooners inn 2014.  A heavily-discounted set of programs catering to organizations and schools allowing for them to transport the classroom to the onboard experience, we look to continue our outreach to other schools beyond Martha’s Vineyard for the future.  Aside from the six elementary schools here from MV, we welcomed the Shelter Island Elementary back onboard for their 5th trip as well as new participants Upper Valler Waldorf and Monadnock Waldorf Schools.

Know a school or youth organization that you think could be a potential match and Sailing School customer?  Weeks are still available for 2015 – contact us anytime at office@theblackdogtallships.com

Daysails & private charters were busier than ever in 2014.  From couples and families, to large groups, family reunions, company events, weddings and more the Alabama kept a busy schedule going throughout the season.