29 students from Rogers High School in Newport are preparing for a seven-day voyage on board the 200-foot Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel.

The students will depart Fort Adams State Park on Friday, May 26th, and may make stops at Cutty Hunk and Point Judith before sailing through the Cape Cod Canal to Provincetown and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

The ship will return to Newport on Thursday, June 1.

Back in early May,  28 Midshipman candidates from the Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS) returned from a five-day voyage at sea aboard the 200-foot Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry.  It was the first of two similar back-to-back programs that Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island conducted this year in partnership with NAPS and hopes to continue in coming years.

Earlier this year, Perry completed two round-trip voyages to Cuba from Ft. Lauderdale, then sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to Bermuda and back to Newport.

OHPRI’s mission is to provide innovative, empowering education-at-sea programs that promote personal and professional growth. The mission is achieved by partnering with schools, organizations, and universities for unique experiential learning opportunities that incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) educational concepts. The non-profit organization offers a variety of onboard learning experiences to program partners as well as the broader public and also participates at festivals and other events to reinforce the importance of and interest in Rhode Island’s and America’s maritime history.

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is a brand new 21st Century Tall Ship that has been eight years in the making and was completed with $17 million in private funds.  Named for U.S. Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the Rhode Island war hero who defeated the British in the battle of Lake Eire, she is the first ocean-going full-rigged Tall Ship to be built in America in over a hundred years. (She will also become the first full-rigged ship to sail the Northwest Passage in 100 years.) Perry is not a replica, but instead a modern, steel-hulled vessel purpose-built for training and education to the highest modern safety standards. She accommodates 49 people overnight (including 17 professional crew) and is wheelchair accessible.

Remaining 2017 Schedule

July: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia – L’Anse aux Meadows (St. Pierre & Micquelon) – St. John’s, Newfoundland – Greenland – Pond Inlet, Nunavut. This is the northbound leg of our historic voyage to the Arctic. The program is targeted towards high school and college students; we do also have a limited number of berths available for adults to join the adventure. (http://www.ohpri.org/summer-student-voyages)

August: An expedition in the Northwest Passage is in partnership with the University of Rhode Island to study the impacts of climate change in the Arctic.http://www.ohpri.org/news-details/uri-s-graduate-school-of-oceanography-receives-3-million-grant-for-groundbreaking-arctic-expedition. While we do not have any berths remaining for this voyage, you can still be a part of the voyage through the interactive daily live video feeds through the URI’s Inner Space Center (http://innerspacecenter.org/about-us/) regularly streaming from the ship, sharing real-time discoveries and the excitement of life in the Arctic.

September, October: Cambridge Bay – Resolute Bay – Pond Inlet – Greenland – St. John’s Newfoundland – St. L’Anse aux Meadows (St. Pierre & Micquelon) – Newport. Opportunity of a lifetime to sail as crew aboard the first full-rigged Tall Ship to sail the Northwest Passage in over 100 years. Open to all ages. Limited number of two-person cabins with private heads available. Keep an eye out for our blog starting in January with more details and information on this voyage http://www.ohpri.org/Arctic-Voyage

For more information on SSV Oliver Hazard Perry and its programs, visit www.ohpri.org or contact gretchen@ohpri.org, 401-841-0080.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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