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After Completing her First International Ocean Voyage, Oliver Hazard Perry Returns to Newport, Rhode Island.
Over the weekend, the 200-foot Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel, returned to its home port of Newport, Rhode Island. The vessel was greeted by a crowd at Fort Adams after completing her first international ocean voyage that took her to Cuba twice and Bermuda once.
Perry spent the month of March in Florida where she sailed two round-trip voyages from Fort Lauderdale to Cuba. In addition to her professional crew of 17, on board were high school and college students who used their time aboard to learn more about: knots, splicing, Turks Head bracelets, navigation and basic plotting, ship’s systems and engineering, marine biology and ocean conservation as well as environmental impact.
After the voyages to Cuba, Oliver Hazard Perry returned to Fort Lauderdale and departed for Bermuda in early April. In partnership with Ocean Navigator, OHPRI offered celestial navigation classes for high school, college, and adult passengers.
With its 2017 route covering a total of 14,000 nautical miles, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will also sail north to the Artic and into the Northwest Passage. In partnership with the University Of Rhode Island Graduate School Of Oceanography, the expedition will revolve around groundbreaking ocean science research. While the students for this expedition will be selected by the University, there will be opportunities for students to participate as trainees for one week as the OHPRI makes the passage north from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia to St. John’s, Newfoundland across the Arctic Circle, with a stop in Greenland and then to Pond Inlet (July 7-28). Adult adventures are also encouraged to join on the return passage from the Arctic: Cambridge Bay to Resolute Bay (August 27-September 10), Resolute Bay to Pond Inlet (September 10-20), and St. John’s to Newport (October 17-26).
Named after U.S. Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, OHPRI’s mission is to provide innovative, empowering education-at-sea programs that promote personal and professional growth. Aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry, passengers are considered part of the crew and are expected to haul lines, take the helm and climb aloft. The primary focus is on learning “from sailing” rather than learning to sail. For more information on SSV Oliver Hazard Perry and its programs, visit www.ohpri.org